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Are you planning a wedding for this summer? Congratulations! If you’ve yet to nail down all the details of your big event, a wedding expo is an excellent opportunity to meet a wide variety of vendors, from photographers to florists, planners, and event staff. With one of the biggest shows in Cambridge just a few weeks away, we thought we’d share a few tips for making the most of these exciting, if potentially overwhelming, events.

 

1. AVOID HAND CRAMPS BY MAKING LABELS

Many vendors offer a prize draw as a way of collecting contact information from couples who may be interested in their services. Pre-printing labels with your contact information and wedding date can be a huge time-saver. It is also a good idea to create a wedding email address, and to include this on the label as well, so that all of the information you’ll eventually receive will be stored in one place.

 

2. PLAN AHEAD AND SET GOALS

Some very large wedding expos can have hundreds of vendors. To make the most of your time there, consider setting three goals (DJ, photographer, and flowers, for example) and then planning to visit only vendors offering these services. If the wedding expo’s website offers a map and list of vendors, consult these in advance. Otherwise, be sure to pick up a printed map or take a look at the one posted outside the entrance before you head in.

 

3. PICK THE RIGHT TIME TO GO

If you’re not a big fan of crowds, keep in mind that wedding shows are generally least busy on the first evening of the weekend event. The first three hours on the Saturday or Sunday are also a little less crowded. Take note of when the fashion show component is on if a dress is one of your goals but if it isn’t, this might be a good time to visit the vendors.

 

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4. DRESS FOR SUCCESS

At your average wedding expo, you can expect to spend about two to three hours walking around. Wear comfortable shoes and consider carrying a small backpack or bag with a cross-body strap. Be sure to put a water bottle and a healthy snack such as an energy bar in there, too.

 

5. CHOOSE A PLUS ONE (OR TWO) WHOSE JUDGEMENT YOU TRUST.

With all the vendors competing for your attention, it is easy to become overwhelmed or carried away by all the possibilities. Choose a companion who understands your goals for the day and will support you in achieving them.

 

6. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!

Planning a wedding can be stressful at times, and while a wedding expo is a wonderful opportunity to check a few items off your list, it’s far from your only chance. Try to keep an open mind and simply enjoy the event without putting too much pressure on yourself. Have a great time!

 

 

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