DJ Kinects 411 on Bridal Extravaganzas: How to Prepare and What to Expect
Whether it’s called a Wedding Fair, Bridal Extravaganza, Bridal Show, etc., one thing is for sure, you will have hundreds of options of who to use as a vendor on your BIG DAY. These events can be quite overwhelming. DJ Kinect is giving you the 411 on tips for preparation.
1. Attend at least one of them: Bridal fairs are actually the most convenient way to learn about a myriad of event options, from a fashion-forward gown to a kitschy cake topper. It would take you months to meet with all the businesses that are packed into one fair.
2. Come Prepared: Vendors are going to ask you to give your contact information at their booth. DJ Kinect recommends having pre-made labels with your name, phone number, wedding date and e-mail address. Your hand is sure to become tired re-writing those over and over at each vendor booth. Use your home printer and make your own labels to speed up the process! You will be glad you did.
3. Don’t let your work or personal e-mail become bombarded with wedding vendor e-mails and advertisements: Consider making a separate e-mail account for your wedding: ie. JackandJillwedding@hotmail.com. This can be the email you give to vendors and all e-mail sent to here will be specific to your wedding. No more separating other personal e-mails or work e-mail from wedding e-mail. Then when the big event is over, you can delete that e-mail account. Pretty Smart aye?
4. Be cautious of your time: Check out the vendors that will be present at the Bridal Fair in advance. Have a game plan. My wife, Bellah values her time. She does not like waiting in line. She scouted out the vendors and waited till their booth was empty before going to talk to them. She knew then, not only would she have their undivided attention, but also she wouldn’t have to wait behind another Bride asking 100 questions.
5. Social Media: Check out your favorite vendor’s social media accounts. Most vendors will have a Facebook Page, a website, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to read their reviews. See if they advertise any discounts on these pages.
6. Save Money: Some vendors will offer larger discounts if you book and pay your deposit the day of the bridal show! DJ Kinect ran a promotional where if you “Check-in” and “Like” his Facebook Page at the Bridal Show, your name will go into a drawing for 20% off any DJ Package. One lucky winner ended up booking the largest package and saved 200 dollars! Now she can use this Money to pay for her Groom’s cake!
7. Wear Comfortable Shoes: This should be an obvious option but I have seen soon to be brides miserable at these shows. They dress to impress, heels and all, and I see them hobbling after a few hours. One Bride’s friend even went to a nearby Target to get her Bride Friend some Flip Flops. Be sure to be comfy! You can impress on the day of your wedding! ☺
8. Bring a Tablet: Be sure to take notes. Remember who you spoke with and the price they offered you. Don’t be bashful about being conservative with your money. It never hurts to ask if you can get an additional discount in exchange for writing a review for your vendor. This is a double GREAT Whammy for you! 1. You may get an additional discount 2. If your vendor knows you will be writing an intricate review, they MAY tend to take just a little extra care of you!
9. Have Fun!: Don’t let these events overwhelm you or stress you out! Just remember, these vendors want your business. Many of them pay money for the booth spot and are looking for spots to be filled. Bring a friend, take selfies and add these photos to your wedding preparation scrapbook! Even consider planning your Bachlorette party the same day that way you can have a plethora of friends to spend the whole day with and then you can discuss options over lunch/dinner!
10. Gotta get a plug in for the DJ: Last but certainly not least, be sure to have a vendor that understands YOU! You want someone who will take the time to get to know you as a Bride and your Fiance, as a Groom. What is YOUR vision on your Big Day? DJ Kinect meets with his clients at least once before the wedding (and as often as the couple requests) to make sure he has the wedding timeline correct, names and pronunciations of the family members and bridal party, the wedding coordinator contact, and all the minor details that go in to making a wedding GREAT! Pick a vendor that will spend some time getting to know YOU! Don’t let your first interaction with your DJ, be the day of your wedding.
Much Love to my Brides and Grooms! I hope this has been informative and helpful! Be sure to check me out at djkinect.com, DJ Kinect on Facebook, DJKinect449 on Twitter, and Dj Kinect on Instagram. Like my pages and be sure to leave me reviews.
Always Grateful and forever rejoicing,