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Wedding Show Tips | How to Make the Most of your Experience

CONGRATULATIONS you are engaged!! Now that you have the bling the next step is to start your wedding planning process. Wedding planning can be both exciting and overwhelming for most couples since there are so many vendors to choose from. I have been married 5 years this upcoming September and have been in the wedding business for 6 years. My biggest piece of advice is to attend the wedding shows in your area. Wedding shows are a great way to gather information, get inspired and meet vendors face to face without scheduling a million consultations! Here are 11 tips to make the most out of your wedding show experience!

Pre-Register

Pre-registering for the wedding show you plan to attend saves you money. Also, most shows have a grand prize drawing and pre-registering beforehand makes you eligible.

Create a Wedding Email

There is nothing more annoying than getting a massive flux of emails in your inbox and trying to sort through personal, work and wedding information. Creating a separate email for wedding information will help keep you organized and make it easier to sort through.

Make Labels

Most wedding shows in our area have anywhere between 50 to 150 booths for you to check out. You will want to register for information and prizes at most of them, so creating a label with your name, wedding date, venue, phone number and email address will help speed up the process!

Do your Homework

Make sure you get online and check out the list of vendors that will be exhibiting at the show you will be attending and check out their websites beforehand!  Researching and inquiring with vendors ahead of time will help you have a better idea of what booths you want to spend more time chatting face to face with.

Bring the Right People

Everything is more fun when you bring your bestie, but don’t forget about bringing the key decision makers with you as well! A lot of wedding vendors will have special pricing if you book at the show and it would be a shame to miss out on all those great savings! I also recommend that if you have children to leave them at home. The aisles are already crowded with people and can be hard to navigate, plus kids tire out easily and will be a distraction when they are bored.

Go in with a Plan

When I was a bride, I hit up all 4 wedding shows between the time I was engaged until I finally was married. Wedding shows usually happen twice a year and I encourage you to go to as many as you wish! Before each show make sure you have a game plan. If you are newly engaged with only a budget, then focus on venues and photographers the first show since those are the first two vendors you should be checking off your list. I still recommend gathering other information from the other vendors, but it will be hard to book anything without a concrete wedding date!

Have a Favorites Bag

Every wedding show that I have been to or been apart of has always given out bags when you check in to put all your information and goodies in. We recommend having two bags though, one for favorites and one for general information. You will get a substantial amount of business cards, brochures, coupons and miscellaneous swag to go through, but let’s be honest you probably won’t even go through half of it! Having a favorites bag will make it easier to access and remember which vendors you made a connection with or love!

Keep an Open Mind

Sometimes brides and or grooms have a certain vendor in mind that they just KNOW they HAVE TO HIRE! Unfortunately, things happen and maybe the photographer you have in mind is already booked for that day. Or maybe you wanted to do your invitations yourself and you realized you just don’t have the time. Keeping an open mind while looking at the wedding vendors booths will help you get an idea of what you like and don’t like as well as having that general information on hand incase you change your mind.

Stay until the End

The grand prize as well as smaller prizes are always drawn at the end of the show and you must be present to win. Wouldn’t it be awful to hear from a friend that your name was drawn for a free honeymoon? Some shows are huge and you will need the whole time to go through all the aisles, but some are smaller. You can always show up fashionably late or come early then go get some lunch and come back.

Follow-up with your Favorite Vendors

It is ok if you are not ready to pull the trigger with a vendor you really love at the show. We recommend towards the end go back and schedule an in-person consultation with your favorite vendors, so you can sit down one on one in a less chaotic environment to chat further about the services they offer.

Have FUN!!!

Planning a wedding should be a fun, memorable experience. Enjoy the games, fashion shows and other opportunities to have a little fun.

 

 

 

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4 Simple Reminders to Help you Enjoy your Big Day | COMPLETE weddings + events | NWA

Wedding planning can be extremely exhausting and stressful. For months, sometimes years, you put so much effort and time into planning this ONE day. So, you need to make sure you, of all people, have an amazing time on the day of your wedding! Here are four tips that if you can fully execute on your wedding day, we guarantee you’ll enjoy this amazing day like you’ve always imagined.

Plan a fun, yet relaxing, morning

The morning of your wedding can be one of two things; either extremely fun and exciting, or nerve wracking and stressful. To be sure that your morning can be great, a little planning ahead will go a long way. First off, make sure any potentially stressful activities are taken care of or being taken care of by others. (For example: coffee runs, flower deliveries, luggage drop-offs – all things the bridal party, personal attendants or the parentals could help with!?) Plan on having a low-stress getting ready party or get-together, and just relax. Maybe even be pampered a bit?! It’s your wedding day after all! This should be one of the – if not THE – best days of your life, so let’s not cut corners here!

Stop to take a breath

Your wedding day can come and go so quickly you might barely get a second to look around and appreciate everything that’s going on during this big day. It’s definitely worth it to take a moment away from the crowd and take it all in. After all, this is the day you’ve been thinking about, talking about, and planning for what seems like an eternity!

Eat!

It can be easy to forget to any and all meals on your wedding day. You’re going to be busy, so eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner aren’t exactly the first things on your mind, but trust us, you’ll need to eat!! Your wedding day is such a unique event, you’ll want to be sure to have energy and to feel good all day. I mean, who wants to walk down the aisle hangry!?

Dance!!

After all the formalities are said and done and all there’s left to do is dance, then do just that! Take advantage of this huge party you planned for you and your spouse! When looking back on your wedding day years from now, do you think you’ll be disappointed you didn’t spend more time at the bar? Probably not. This is 100% YOUR night, take advantage, and just let loose!

 

Be proactive in making sure that you do everything you can to have a great wedding day! Then get out there, execute and enjoy – you deserve it!

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Melissa & Thomas | Barn at the Springs | COMPLETE weddings + events | Springdale AR

From the moment I saw Melissa’s wedding details I was head over heels! <3 Anything filled with sparkles, metallics, golds, blush and rose gold captures my heart! <3 We met Melissa last August at the Event Nation Wedding Show where she knocked off a huge chunk of her wedding planning in one fell swoop! She was able to check off photography, videography, DJ, photo booth and event lighting with COMPLETE weddings + events Northwest Arkansas plus other vendors for her special day. While Thomas was deployed Melissa teamed up with The Wedding Doc to help make sure her Barn at the Springs wedding was everything she had been dreaming about. It was our pleasure that COMPLETE was able to be apart of such a special day!

CONGRATS Mr. & Mrs. Hale!!

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DJ: COMPLETE weddings + events | Springdale, AR | Mikaila

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Photographer: COMPLETE weddings + events | Springdale, AR | Cassie

Videographer: COMPLETE weddings + events | Springdale, AR | Wes

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