It’s bridal show season! It’s your chance to meet some of the areas finest wedding vendors. So here are my top 10 tips for you brides about to attend one of the many winter bridal shows.
Top 10 Tips For Brides At Bridal Shows
1. Dress for comfort. Wear comfortable shoes. Check your coat. Maybe dress in layers so you can take off that sweater if you get hot. It’s a long day of walking, standing and talking. So be comfortable.
2. Do some advance research. Look at the list of vendors who will be there. Visit their websites. Make some notes. Some you’ll be able to cross off your list before you arrive. Others, you’ll want to make a note to talk more with at the show. This will save you time.
3. Don’t fall for show specials. Chances are if vendors are desperate enough to offer a show special then they’ll honor that same special a few days later. Most of these “specials” are designed to pressure you into signing a contract right then and there. That’s not how things should work on your wedding day. Take your time and make an educated decision.
4. Don’t start the conversation with “How much do you charge ?” When you ask this right up front it puts these wedding professionals off. They will need more information about your wedding day before they can give an exact price. Also you’ll need more information about what they offer to do a real comparison. So starting off with “How much do you charge?” just creates a bad vibe.
5. Ask good questions. In relation to #7 on the list above, asking the right questions to these potential vendors will separate the professionals from the pretenders. “What are 3 unique things you’ve done recently at a wedding?” is a good question. “How many years of experience do you have?” might not be a good question because they could lie. Questions that make vendors think quick on their feet will give them a chance to prove their experience and knowledge and will expose those who are lacking. (Look later this week for my top 10 questions to ask vendors at bridal shows)
6. Have conversations. Plan on being at the show for a while. Talk to vendors one on one. Just grabbing a business card or a flyer doesn’t accomplish anything. You can do better than that sitting at home and surfing the internet. Talk, listen, and get a real feel for these vendors personalities and what they offer.
7. Arrive early. Get to the show early and be waiting for the doors to open. You’ll catch the vendors when they are fresh. You’ll get through quicker and if you see any vendors still setting up or getting organized as brides are entering the show, you’ll know who might do the same on your wedding day.
8. Try to get free passes before the show from participating vendors. Almost every show I have ever done as a vendor has sent me free tickets to provide to some potential clients. So find out who is going to be at the show you are looking at attending. Call around and ask if they have any free tickets. They’ll be happy to give them to you.
9. Don’t shop on price alone. You are assembling a team. No two vendors are exactly alike. A cheap price doesn’t always mean it’s a good deal. Every decision you make will have some impact large or small on your wedding day. Find the best, the professionals you like the mo
10. Have fun! Bring your maid of honor. If you drink, relax and have a drink. Make yourself at home. Joke with the vendors. You’ll see other sides of them that might give you more insight into what they might be like to work with. Enjoy planning your wedding. It’s a once in a lifetime feeling.st. Go home and rank them in order of priority. Then determine, based on your budget, who makes your team.
I hope these tips help. Enjoy your planning.
Thank you Brandon for allowing me to share these great tips.
A Well-Groomed Groom by Meredith Hayman
I asked Meredith Haymen of Meredith Hayman, Makeup Artist if you she could provide me with some tips for a grooms workshop that I was conducting last year and I thought I would share those tips with you.
Prep Your Skin:You’ve heard the term “glowing bride” why not a “glowing groom”? -Two nights a week, exfoliate any dry skin off your face with a light exfoliating face wash (St.Ives Apricot Scrub available at drugstores). -For an extra glow consider applying a light self-tanner to your face. You will look great in the pictures and have a head start before arriving to your sunny honeymoon destination. -To exfoliate dry skin off your lips soak your toothbrush in warm water and gently brush your lips in a circular motion – follow up by applying a lip balm regularly -DRINK LOTS OF WATER THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Man-ScapingYour bride does a lot of prep work to make sure she looks and feels her best for you on your wedding day. Return the favor by doing a little extra “grooming” for your big day. -Have your barber or hairdresser trim your eyebrows. If you have a unibrow, you may want to have the area in-between your brows waxed or plucked. Make sure to do it at least one week in advance. -A stray nose hair is never sexy. Get out the trimmer and go crazy! -Shave in two steps. First, shave with the grain with very light pressure. Second, reapply a coat of shaving cream and shave against the grain for a super-close and smoth results – follow up with a calming aftershave lotion. Or treat yourself to a professional shave at a specialty shop like “The Art of Shaving“ -You are going to have a new accessory – A RING, and everyone is going to want to take a close look at it! Consider getting those nails and cuticles under control by getting a manicure a few days before your wedding.
Tips For Your Groomsmen-Hung-over groomsmen are better hydrated. Make sure you have lots of bottled water available for your “best men” while you are getting dressed and during photos. -To calm puffy tired eyes, relax with a cold washcloth on your eyes for 20 minutes. Pack A Bag Of Emergency Essentials: -Bottled Water -Lip Balm/Vaseline -Power Bar -Tissures/Hankerchief -Eyedrops -Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss -Mints/Gum -Lint Brush/Tape
BridesTo find out some great tips or if you are looking for a makeup artist for your wedding, be sure to give Meredith a call 646-418-5445. http://www.meredithhayman.com/
Why do we have a cake cutting ceremony?
This tradition dates back to the Ancient Romans. WOW that far back! However the tradition was originally about breaking the cake over the bride’s head. CRAZY OR WHAT?!! The custom eventually evolved with time, and today it’s more of a ceremonial cake cutting. It actually symbolizes the first task the newlyweds execute together. Similar to the ceremony kiss being their first kiss as husband and wife, their first dance as husband and wife etc.
As cakes became more elaborate and larger throughout time it was almost impossible for a bride to cut through the stiff layers of frosting without her husband’s muscle! Did you know the cake that holds the Guinness Book of World Records weighed 15,032 lbs?! No joke. I’m serious. Check it out the record for yourself. So it’s simply out of the love of the tradition that the cake cutting ceremony continues today.
So now that you know why we have a cake cutting ceremony it’s time to pick the perfect song for your cake cutting ceremony! Check out our list of the Top 25 Cake Cutting Songs here to see if your cake cutting song made the CUT!
TOP 25 CAKE CUTTING SONGS
Did your cake cutting song make the cut?!
We hope this list can help you with choosing your cake cutting song.
- Archies – Sugar, Sugar
- James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
- Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
- U2 – Sweetest Thing
- Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
- Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
- Jack Johnson – Better Together
- Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
- Beatles – When I’m Sixty-Four
- Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E
- Plain White T’s – 1,2,3,4 (I Love You)
- Average White Band – Cut The Cake
- Queen – You’re My Best Friend
- Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Frank Sinatra – Love And Marriage
- Cake – Love You Madly
- Unkle Kracker – Smile
- Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
- Beatles – All You Need Is Love
- Dean Martin – That’s Amore
- Iz – Over The Rainbow
- Michael Buble – How Sweet It Is
- Michael Buble – Everything
- Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
- Turtles – Happy Together
Provided by your Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Specialist