You want a perfect wedding day, and The Wedding Salon wants to help you discover the best resources for your wedding! Join The Wedding Salon on Monday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Madison Hotel in DC and meet with top local wedding vendors while enjoying a luxurious evening. The Wedding Salon understands the difficulty in planning a wedding and strives to make it easier for you by having resources all under one roof for you to meet with personally.
You’ll enjoy indulgent cake tastings, including samples by Charm City Cakes; and cocktails and unique beverage choices at our bar stations. Pamper yourself with complimentary beauty makeovers and trials by make-up artists and experts, and test your luck at honeymoon giveaways by top destination resorts. Plus, you will discover endless promotions and packages by talented photographers, preview reception table designs by Disney Fairytale Weddings, and more. Brides can also walk away with a luxurious gift bag featuring products by Frederic Fekkai, Yes to Carrots, Garnier, Dove, and more (limited quantities, and first come, first serve).
Interested in attending? Tickets are normally $75 but for Southern Maryland Weddings brides, use code SMWDC for a complimentary ticket for you and one guest! Register at www.WeddingSalon.com.
When you attend a bridal show, the amount of information you get can be overwhelming. Here’s our step-by-step guide for getting the most out of bridal shows like The Wedding Salon.
Step 1: Plan to spend the day.
Take time to prepare before you even leave home. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and gather everything you need to bring: address labels and business cards (for entering drawings or filling out forms), a notebook and pen, your calendar or planner, your checkbook and credit card, fabric or ribbon swatches, and a tote bag to hold all the goodies you’re going to get from vendors.
Want a second opinion? Bring your mom or another member of your bridal party. Don’t forget your groom! These are decisions he may want to be involved in, too. Beware of bringing too many people with you: you’ll spend more time keeping track of each other than enjoying the show.
Not every show has food samples, so don’t leave home hungry. Eat a small meal or snack so hunger doesn’t force you to leave early.
Know your budget and prioritize the vendors you still need to hire. If you’ve already got a photographer, there’s no point in talking with others at the show. Visit the vendors who are limited in how many weddings they can handle per weekend: consultants, DJs, florists, limousines, photographers and videographers, for example.
Take good notes on each conversation, either in your notebook or on the literature they give you. Keep track of names and your impressions of each person. Were you comfortable talking to them? Were they receptive to your ideas?
You’ve got your calendar, so if you talk to someone you’d like to learn more about, set up a follow-up appointment. Or, if you’re ready to hire someone at the show, do it! Some vendors will have show-only specials you can take advantage of, and they come to the show prepared to book, too.
Step 3: Take it all in.
Talk to as many vendors as you can and get as much literature and brochures as you can. Flip through sample books. Ask lots and lots of questions. If someone is offering samples, take them. Leave time for the bridal fashion show and other seminars. If you plan to spend the whole day at the show, you’ll have enough time for everything.
Look for ideas you can use at your own wedding. Vendors know what’s hot and what the current trends are. And, don’t be afraid to talk to other brides.
When you get home from the show, collect the opinions of those you brought with you, your notes, and all of the brochures and paperwork you picked up. Keep the program you were given when you entered the show — it will have vendors’ contact information. If you want to make appointments with anyone who was at the show, do it a day or two after the show. These vendors will book a lot of business immediately after the show. You don’t want to miss out.
Step 5: Have fun!
Bridal shows are festive events, so going will get you even more excited about your wedding. A bridal show is sure to re-energize you if wedding planning has started to stress you out. They can also be a great outing for you and your mom or attendants — even the groom! Make a day of it by getting together for dinner after the show to talk about everything you’ve seen.