Wedding Show Season has officially begun! With the Seattle Wedding Show taking place this coming weekend, we thought we’d give you a couple of hints to help you maximize your show experience.
There are three types of Wedding Shows: trade shows, boutiques shows and open houses. All three will give you a wealth of ideas, resources and inspiration, but they are quite different from each other.
Trade shows: You’ll see at least 120 + vendors. The Seattle Wedding Show typically has over 350 vendors.
Boutique style shows: They have anywhere from 20 to 100 vendors. Examples include Weddings In Woodinville, Voila, Get Hitched Give Hope, and Urban Unveiled. These are specialized shows that are usually setup to feature a specific venue or venues, showcase themes and amazing décor, plus offer more menu sampling. This type of show has been growing at a rapid rate over the last three years. Once you’ve attended one, you’ll understand why they are so popular.
Open houses and events: Venues typically hold from one to two open houses per year where brides and grooms can come tour the facility, meet with that venue's preferred vendors, see how the facility looks when it’s set up for an event and sample from the venues’ menu.
How to get the most out of your experience:
Visit the Trade Show's or Boutique Show's website to see what vendors you will see at the show. Reputable shows will have this information posted for you. Trade shows will even offer floor plans with lists of who is in what booth.
For Trade Shows:
- Map out who you want to see. Mark it on your floor plan so that you know in advance where you need to go. This will be your plan of action for the day.
- Allow at least two to three hours at the show. There is lots to see and you’ll want to keep your eyes open for ideas. Shows like the Seattle Wedding Show allow you to come back the second day for free. If you’re feeling overwhelmed on the first day, then take a break, catch your breath and come back the second day.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- If you find a service you really like, schedule an appointment with them for the following week. Don’t ever allow yourself to be pressured into something you’re not 100% sure you want!
Photos from 2011 Seattle Wedding Show by Azzura Photography