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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Your Local Wedding Show

I think everyone can agree that planning a wedding is a LOT of work! There's an endless number of details to write out and most people don't even know where to begin. That's why so many couples opt to hire a planner and/or day-of coordinator.

But even those couples that do hire someone to help them out can still benefit from attending their local wedding show and here's why.

1. View The Best of the Best

Most couples don't even realize that hosting a booth at a local wedding show is expensive! That means that the vendors and venues you see at the local shows are some of the BEST of the best local service providers around. They know the benefit of putting a face to their company name, and showcasing their best work for couples to see.

2. Make a Personal Connection with Local Vendors

Most couples will book 10-15 vendors to help host their big day. Now imagine that you're going to interview multiples of each category of vendor before you even book them. That's a LOT of phone calls, emails, and meetings to schedule. Attending a wedding show allows you to meet multiple vendors all in the same place, saving you a ton of valuable planning time.

Even spending a few minutes talking to each vendor will help you discover what they have to offer and if their services and company culture fit your unique needs and personality.

After all ... these are the people you're going to entrust with putting together all the details of your wedding day, so you want to be sure you get along well and feel good about letting them run the show so you can relax and enjoy the moment.

3. Free Advice from the Pros

Often it's the owners of each company and/or some of their best employees that will be at each booth, ready to talk about what they do and why they love doing it. Not only that, but they're often happy to share pro-wedding advice with anyone that wants to pick their brain. Take advantage of this!

4. Catering Samples

Who doesn't love free samples? Attending a wedding show is a great opportunity to taste many of your local caterers favorite menu items. That means you get to sample a variety of appetizers, dinner options and cake flavors all in one place. Sometimes you can even score free local beer, wine, and trendy dessert options like Harold's Donuts!

5. Check Out New Wedding Trends

Vendors will often showcase some of their best work and favorite new design trends in their booth. You're almost guaranteed to see some of the trendiest seasonal florals, linens, and decor rentals from local planners, florists, and rental companies. Be sure to ask questions and take notes folks!

6. Giveaways!

This is probably one of the BIGGEST reasons to attend your local wedding show. Vendors know that many couples can often feel overwhelmed at shows, causing them to be on the fence about who to book. To help out, many vendors and venues will offer discounts and giveaway items just for stopping by their booth and filling out a giveaway form. You stand the chance to win all sorts of prizes - anything from 10% off your total service package, to free ceremony audio, make-up freebies, custom lighting designs, photography packages, a free stay at a local hotel, venue packages, or even a free honeymoon! Who wouldn't love to win big and save some of their wedding budget for that one dreamy item that they didn't think they would be able to book?

7. It's FUN!

Attending a wedding show can be a lot of fun! It's a great way for you and your bride tribe, mom and future mother-in-law, and/or future spouse to bond and brainstorm wedding ideas, sample delicious local food and drinks, and knock a ton of items off of your To-Do list.


If you’re still booking event services for your big day, or if you’re just looking to visit vendor booths, get some wedding inspo, and sample some great catering, stop by the Super Wedding Show at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Sunday, January 20th, 2019!


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