Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2010 Northwest Arkansas Bridal Show

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fall Bridal Show will take place from 12:00-5 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center.

“We want to make it easy for couples going through the planning process,” said Tabitha Cunningham, promotions manager of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The show will "bring all types of vendors to the show so couples can literally book their entire wedding in one day instead of driving all over town looking for what they need."

Wedding dresses, photographers, invitations, cakes and florists are just some of the booths you will find at the Bridal Show.

The show also includes a fashion show, contests, prizes and much more for brides.

Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

The day will also have a "Nearly Newlywed" Game at 2:30 pm. How incredibly fun will this be to watch?!

My tips to brides:

1) Bring pre-printed address labels that include your name, phone number, email address, and wedding date. This will make it super easy for you to register your information with vendors and into any drawings they might have at their booths.

2) Don't bring your big heavy wedding binder to the show with you. You will be collecting all types of information throughout the day and it will get difficult to juggle everything.

3) Bring your most trusted and valued bridal party members with you.

4) A bag to collect business cards, brochures and giveaways from prospective vendors. You will most likely receive one if you register your name at the front door.

5) A pen and paper to take notes of conversations you have with vendors as well as ideas you see that you want to remember. You can also make notes on the vendor listing that you will receive. You can mark down any discounts they are offering and have a quick reference to their contact information.

6) A camera, and not just the one on your phone. Snap pictures of flowers, cakes, dresses and anything else you want to add to your wedding planning folder or organizer.

Here’s what not to bring with you:

1. A wedding organizer/planner.

2. A long list of questions to ask vendors. These are quick meet and greet opportunities, vendors want to talk to as many prospective clients as possible so don’t monopolize someone’s time with tons of question. If you like a vendor call them to schedule a formal appointment.

Sadly, my son is having surgery on Friday and I will not be participating in the bridal show. But, please call for a complimentary consultation so that I can help you get started, help you select and secure from the wonderful vendors at the bridal show, and make sure your wedding is "A Party to Perfection."


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