September 2017

September 29, 2017

Attending a wedding fair is like being the guest of honour at a glitzy event.

Once you walk into the venue, vendors will start “courting” you.  You will be invited to taste mouth-watering sweets, try on gorgeous gowns and sparkly jewelry, sip champagne, smell flowers, and touch wedding invitations. However, to get the most of this experience, you will need to make a plan of attack before you go.

Here are some tips:

  • Vendors will offer you a great deal of free magazines and brochures, so make sure you bring a backpack or trolley to store them.
  • Wear comfortable attire that can be easily taken off whenever you decide to try on a wedding dress. You will also need shoes that allow you to be on your feet all the time and flattering underwear to improve the fit of the wedding gowns you will be trying on. Last but not least, pack a pair of heels to check the exact dress length you need.
  • Collect all the business cards you are offered and keep them in a special folder until you sort them out at home. In case you see something you like, photograph the item together with the vendor’s business card lest you should forget who was showcasing it.
  • Make a list of questions to ask vendors and chat through your ideas with them. The more you explain, the better they will understand what you are after and offer you just what you need.
  • Set up a temporary email account to be used only for correspondence with vendors. This will prevent your regular account from being flooded with wedding-related emails.
  • If you are looking for the food caterer who will delight the palates of your guests, say yes to every food and cake sample (all packed with guilt-free calories). 
  • Try on as many wedding dresses as you please (if the experts recommend a style you have never been crazy about, keep an open mind - it may turn out to be your dream gown)
  • Have both cash and credit card with you to take advantage of special fair sales.
  • Ask someone whose judgement you trust to join you. This person should also be ready to keep you from taking impulsive decisions you may regret later on.
  • Take your time to listen to the DJs and bands playing live at the show.  The success of a wedding depends on good entertainment.

Are you going to attend a wedding fair anytime soon? If so, what are the things you are most looking forward to?

September 25, 2017

You’re engaged! Now what? It’s time to carefully get the wedding planning going and choose your vendors. Tip: a wedding fair is always a good place to start.

Gathering the best vendors in your area under one roof, a bridal show can save you time and money (read on if this sounds intriguing) but, to be honest, these six reasons are more than enough to attend one.

1. Original Ideas

Don’t get us wrong, your ideas are great for sure, but exploring a melting pot of tips and advice on all things weddings will prove a fantastic source of inspiration. Discuss with as many creative people as possible. They are there to share their unique visions and answer all your questions.

2. Great Deals

Most wedding vendors will run fair promotions to attract visitors. If this applies to vendors you were going to work with anyway, take this unique opportunity to save some cash.

3. Face to Face Interaction

Finding your dream wedding elements is ideal, but liking the people behind them is essential. Establishing personal connections at the fair will prove incredibly useful since you will be spending the following year or so working closely with these people and entrusting them with the success of your big day. Being on the same page with the vendors you hire is key.

4. Hot Trends

Vendors will be showcasing the latest bridal fashion trends, the chicest favors, the lushest flower arrangements, and the list can go on. There will be something for everyone (yes, even for the pickiest of couples).

5. Freebies

Exhibitors know that by offering prizes and giveaways they encourage people to visit their booth, so they will use this marketing tool cleverly. From door prizes, to bride bags to cash prizes, there are lots of bridal things to be won. Sign up for anything that tickles your fancy and you might get it for free!

6. Precious Advice

The main reason you are visiting a wedding fair is to get as much information as possible. Don’t be shy to ask experts for advice and tips. Attend talks, ask questions and listen carefully to everyone. It will prove useful sooner or later.

Every bride-to-be should find the time to attend a wedding fair. Bring along a person you trust and feel really comfortable with, and make sure you have a few good hours to spend at the show. Time will literally fly!

September 22, 2017

Pinterest boards might well be an invaluable source of inspiration for modern brides-to-be, but one should never underestimate the importance of a wedding fair. Offering a priceless visual and tactile experience to help couples pick their wedding elements, bridal shows are a rite of passage for every future bride and groom. Wondering if it’s worth your time? Here are eight things you are likely to expect at a wedding fair. 

1. Lots and lots of people

Depending on the size of the fair, the number of visitors may vary from hundreds to thousands.  Enjoy the energetic buzz and let yourself caught up in the general excitement.

2. Delicious food samples

Food is a key element to memorable weddings hence the attempts of local food caterers to entice you with delicious and glorious-looking samples. Hopefully, the free canapes and miniature cakes you will be tasting can help you choose the caterer who will “design” your wedding food.

3.  Dreamy Wedding Gowns

In terms of styles, trends and cuts, you will find everything your bridal heart desires. Plus, most designers and gown salons are likely to offer special pricing on orders placed during the fair. Tempting, right?

4. Vendors Galore

Bridal shows typically showcase vendors from every possible wedding niche, from florists to jewelers to photographers. Prepare to be overwhelmed. 

5. Sweet Wedding Details

The amount of details you will find at such a fair is surreal. There will be so much information to soak up (decor ideas, theme trends, you name it, it will be there), that you’d better bring a camera to snap every single item that catches your eye.

6. Prizes and giveaways (yay!)

This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting features of a wedding fair. Since there will be raffles for everything (think wedding photography sessions, gorgeous gowns, makeovers, etc.), make sure you register everywhere to increase your chances of winning.

7. A Glam Fashion Show

The highlight of every wedding fair is the bridal fashion show where you will find style inspiration and outfit ideas for yourself and your entire wedding party. The hottest trends will be brought to life featuring gorgeous bridal collections from prestigious boutiques and designers. Heaven.

Now that you know what to expect, you are ready to attend the next wedding fair in your area. Take it as a fun outgoing with amazing and unexpected benefits and enjoy every minute of it!

September 18, 2017

Wedding planning requires time. And energy. And cash. Luckily, wedding expos have been invented to help couples save on all the above. If you are planning to attend our Minneapolis/St Paul bridal show in the near future, here are 5 top tips to make this experience a successful one.

1. Be Ahead of the Trends

Every year, mainly between fall and spring, respected bridal expos take place across the country. If you are tying the knot in spring, it’s a good idea to already attend a bridal show the fall before to get an update on the hottest upcoming trends. Check the Minneapolis Wedding Fair for dates and get your tickets in time. It is never too early to start putting your ideas together.

2. Schedule Your Tour de Force

Wedding expos are usually divided into themed areas.  Start visiting stands in order of importance (wedding gowns and men’s attire, venues, food catering, photographers, florists, favors, etc). If you already know some of the wedding vendors you are going to work with, try focusing on the ones you are missing.

3. Take Your Time

You just received an interesting quote from a wedding vendor. Do not take decisions on the spur of the moment. Take a couple of days to think about it and pay the vendor a visit (especially if looking for a Minnesota wedding venue). Meeting vendors in their own environment can give you a better idea about their personality and how they work.

4. Be picky (it’s totally allowed)

Do NOT be ashamed to ask questions. The more information you get, the easier it is to take decisions. Let’s say you are looking for your dream Minnesota wedding venue. Create a comparative table and figure out a few important factors (e.g. cost per person, renting the venue on a certain day, extra features to rent, existing sound system, etc) and compare all the answers you get from your shortlisted venues. This should give you the answer almost instantly.

5. Take advantage of LIVE performances

The cake vendor offering sweet samples, the makeup artist giving makeover demonstrations, the competition that gives brides-to-be the chance to wear a designer wedding gown that they might actually win are just some of the things you get to experience at a wedding fair. Seeing all this happen right before you can make a whole lot of difference giving you a good indication about vendors to hire for your Minneapolis/St Paul wedding.

Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun at our bridal expo! The Wedding Fair is the perfect place to meet amazing wedding planning experts from all over Minnesota. In other words, it’s every bride-to-be’s wedding haven.

September 15, 2017

Being a bride comes with perks, and one of them is the wedding expo. Created to make pre-wedding life easier for engaged couples, bridal shows are a must-attend in the wedding planning process. Our Minneapolis/St Paul bridal show is the most effective way to shop and compare services and prices, find inspiration, and get wedding ideas by meeting vendors face to face.  But how will you deal with all this at once? Well, here’s how:

● Create a wedding checklist

Prior to your visit, browse the vendor list and decide who you want to meet. Before you get too excited and start forgetting details, write on your wedding checklist everything you want to see and ask. During the bridal show, marking off this list each accomplished task will get you one step closer to your dream wedding.

● Get busy

There is a lot to do at a wedding expo and zero time to waste. Grab all the freebies you can get (they are there for you!), enter competitions, start chatting with every Minneapolis/St Paul wedding vendor who caught your eye.

● Bring address labels

Pre-printed address labels made up with your name, address, wedding date and email address will come in handy every time you need to sign up for something (and there will be lots of exciting stuff to sign up for, trust us!).

● Collect promotional products

All the brochures and leaflets you receive will become research material once you get back home. Study them carefully and do your research before you throw them away. Some may lead you right to your Minneapolis/St Paul dream wedding vendors.

●  Chat, chat, chat

Wedding expos gather interesting, talented and super creative people.  And what’s even cooler is that everyone is there to exchange ideas with brides-to-be like you. This is the right time to reveal you inner schmoozer and ask vendors insider secrets about planning the perfect wedding.

● Enjoy!

Vendors will literally gravitate towards the VIB (very important bride) that you are, so make the most of this fun day. Planning a wedding may be hectic all you want but, at the end of the day, there is nothing sweeter for a woman than imagining her upcoming big day.

The Wedding Fair, the most respected wedding expo in Minnesota, brings together the best Minneapolis/St Paul vendors you need to plan your dream wedding. Go ahead and visit it! You will be so happy you did.

September 11, 2017

Making the most of your Minneapolis/St Paul wedding expo visit requires a good strategy. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for every blushing bride-to-be to chat with vendors, choose from hundreds of wedding elements, and feel like a queen walking around those stalls. Yes, that can be you! In order to help you nail a bridal show like a pro, here are some questions for yourself only.

1. Who should I take with me?

Is your future hubby really interested in wedding planning, or will he be heading for the exit already after the first few minutes? Are you looking to hire vendors and purchase wedding stuff, or just wanting to have a pleasant afternoon at the fair? How about taking your mom, or your childhood friend? No matter who joins you, you need a person whom you trust and can help you take important decisions.

2. Which are the vendors I should meet?

Before attending our Minneapolis/St Paul wedding fair, take some time to check the vendor list and select the ones you want to meet.

3. Why am I attending this fair?

Are you going mainly because you love pretty things? Or maybe you are hoping to find a fabulous wedding planner? Are you just looking for the final touches to complete the wedding planning process? Knowing what you are going to prioritize at the wedding expo is key.

4. How do I pick my vendors?

Take time for a chat with the vendors you like, but consider setting up a further appointment to discuss everything in detail.  The fair is perfect to establish a first contact, but you will surely need more time and fewer distractions around you to get things perfected. 

5. Do I have the contacts of my favorite vendors?

You will meet some interesting Minneapolis/St Paul vendors at the bridal expo, but you are likely to forget their names by the time you get back home. Ask for their business cards or brochures and, while you are still with them, write down what you most liked about their products/services. It might seem funny, but after meeting so many exhibitors, you will easily mix them up (and losing important contacts will only lead to wedding drama).

6. What are details telling me?

The setup of a fair booth will already give you important indications of the vendor’s style, taste and level of professionalism. Check every single detail and whether the decor is following a theme or story rather than being just a pile of clutter.

Adopt this strategy to make the most of your Minneapolis/St Paul wedding fair visit. See you at the Wedding Fair!

September 8, 2017

Are you a savvy employer? Your next Minneapolis/St Paul wedding fair visit will have to confirm that. If you are looking to hire the right wedding vendors for your big day, be prepared to ask a few questions. Not sure where to start? Here is a short list.

1. Are you available on our date?

Always start with this question to save time. The vendor might already be booked, in which case you need to look for someone else.

2. Is this your full-time profession?

Nothing wrong with part-timers, but usually someone working full-time is more responsive and available. And you will oh so need that.

3. What is your level of experience?

Asking to see a vendor’s portfolio and wanting to know how long they have been in this business is perfectly normal. You don’t just want to hire a person with a hobby (photography, DJ-ing, wedding planning). The professional you want is qualified to do what you are paying him/her to do and will happily put you in touch with some of his past clients for references.

4. Are you familiar with our chosen location?

Chances are Minneapolis/St Paul vendors already know your venue. If they don’t, they should suggest doing a sight visit with you prior to your big day. This goes especially for the photographer (needs to scout the location for the most picturesque spots), the DJ (must know the layout of the reception hall) and, be sure, the wedding planner.

5. Are you the one who will be working with us? If not, when will we meet the other person?

Some vendors may not be in the booth at the moment of your visit. If you happen to be greeted by someone hired for the fair, ask whether the vendor will be attending your wedding or hiring/subcontracting someone to do your event. You must be introduced to this person before hiring, no chances taken here.

6. What sets you apart from your competition?

Some wedding vendors will simply outline what they do best without trash talking anyone else. Some others may start giving negative comments about certain competitors (possibly the ones they “fear”). Take your cues from this comment. True professionals don’t need to stand out by criticizing others.

7. Do you have a backup plan?

People can get sick, equipment may fail... There are many unpredicted situations that can occur right on your wedding day. Does the vendor have a valid backup? Do not hire someone without a plan B. You need to know you are covered on your big day.

Are there any other burning questions you feel you need to ask vendors at the Minneapolis/St Paul bridal expo? Share them with us!

September 4, 2017

Bridal shows gather every type of bride. There is the terrified bride who just got engaged and has no clue about wedding planning, the versed bride who has been engaged for some time and is only looking for the final touches to her big day, and then there is the in between bride, who is calm, organized, and is there to find all the wedding vendors she needs (and have lots of fun, too). No matter what type of bride you are, there are three major things you should know before attending a wedding fair.

Do you still have unanswered questions?

Sometimes you will feel a bit lost in the wedding planning process. That’s why wedding planners exist, to shed light on bridal issues and offer expert advice. Do you think a wedding planner would make your life easier? Find one to talk to at the fair. A professional Minneapolis/St. Paul planner will tell you things you have never thought about (we sense your panic levels rising here a bit), and can give you the best insider tips about lots of tiny details that may feel overwhelming.

If you’ve got the planning part covered, but still want to know the price of a fancy ceiling draping, or a sophisticated bouquet, go straight to a decor vendor or a florist. The best vendors from Minneapolis and St. Paul are there to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you want.

Are you still looking for vendors?

If you have not found any vendors yet then, by all means, stop by every booth to figure out the right people to work with. Otherwise, if you only need a photographer or a cake designer, for example, first visit all the shooters and bakers at the fair, and in the remaining time see other vendors for more wedding ideas.

Do you have a vision?

Most brides already know how they want their wedding to be, and have chosen the theme, the predominant colors, and the season for their big day. If you still don’t know what you want, mention to vendors a few of your favorite elements to start with, and listen to their exciting wedding ideas. The more vendors you talk to, the more suggestions you get.

It is perfectly fine to attend a bridal show with no plans whatsoever. Visit our Minneapolis/St. Paul Wedding Fair and let top notch wedding professionals help you. Then watch your dream wedding become reality.

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