As hectic as planning a wedding can be, attending a bridal show can be just as overwhelming. Bridal expos are chock full of very helpful information, important vendors and tons of wedding professionals, but the sheer number of companies there can leave you asking yourself “Where do I even begin?” Before you get frazzled and have a bridal breakdown, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your expo experience:

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Do Your Research:  Research which vendors will be at the show ahead of time to make sure that it is worth you attending. Specifically pay attention to what areas you’re still missing in your wedding planning. Many vendors offer discounts on their services if you book them at the expo, so plan to hit those up first.

Bring Your A-Team With You: Now’s not the time to bring Aunt Mary, Cousin Jessica and every one of your co-workers who just wanna come along for the ride. You’re on a mission, here! Round up your most helpful and determined friends and family members and bring them along to get down to business. To navigate through the masses of people and vendors, you can even split up to cover more ground and meet back up later on to compare notes.

Look Around: Since a lot of these vendors will set up eye-catching displays in hopes that you will sign on the dotted line, keep an eye out for elements that you would like to use for  your own wedding. Take pictures of any floral displays, cake decorations or bridesmaid dresses so you can remember them later on after seeing so much during the day.

Ask Questions (And Take Notes!): It’s OK to come prepared with a list of questions to ask ahead of time so you don’t forget anything.  Vendors will often want to pitch you their products and services, but don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions that will help determine if they’re right for your wedding. You’re not under any obligation to book a service, so take this time to be fully informed.

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After visiting a bridal expo and selecting some wedding vendors, don’t forget to choose the most important one of all–the venue! The Italian Center Banquets offers a grand ballroom and unique outdoor space to make it the ideal location for your big day. Our gracious staff can help you coordinate every detail and will put your mind at ease, creating a stress-free wedding planning experience! To learn more give us a call at 203-322-6950 today!