Ah, it's the season, when dozens of vendors of all things wedding cram into one building and vie for your attention (and dollars).
If you haven't been to a show before, it can be a bit intimidating. We asked Carla David, owner of Carla David Designs and founder of Dazzling Details Wedding Bazaar (held 4-8 p.m. Monday March 24 at Hotel Monaco, 2 N. Charles St.; $25-$45; dazzlingdetailsbazaar.com) for her advice on navigating a show.
Research the wedding show. Visit its website and check out the list of vendors beforehand, write down who you want to visit, and visit those booths first.
Pre-registration will save you time and money. Most shows have a shorter line for those that have pre-registered and a discount on your entry fee.
Bring a calendar. If you like the vendor book an appointment on the spot. Sometimes you'll get a discount for doing so and it's one less thing to do after the show.
Print out adhesive mailing labels with your contact information. This will save you tons of time as you visit each booth and sign-up for prizes and special promotions. Don't forget to include the basics like: you and your partners' names, mailing address, email address, wedding/celebration website and wedding/celebration date. I always suggest to my couples to create a separate email account just for planning your big day.
Take notes and be organized. After visiting a lot of vendors it's easy to forget a conversation or important information. Take notes so you'll remember the details after the show. Get a vendors' business card or promo card and write your thoughts or ideas, questions you may have or a reminder to follow-up with them. Evernote is a great tool for your smart media device to snap a photo of their booth or product and add your comments to the photo.
Have fun. This is your moment to be pampered and have fun and to enjoy the process of planning your big day. Bring your wedding party along or your family for a day out of fun. Shows like the Dazzling Details Wedding Bazaar have spa areas you can have a little time out to relax.