5 tips to get the most out of Wedding Show Season

by | Aug 27, 2019 | Blog, Family Parties, Weddings

Were you lucky enough to get engaged this summer? Are you anticipating a sparkly surprise over the holidays? Or do you just enjoy meeting London’s top event planners, photographers, and caterers – all under one roof?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we’ve got great news. Wedding Show Season is just around the corner!

At Heritage London Foundation, we can’t wait to meet brides-to-be at the London Bridal Expo, September 28 & 29 at the Western Fair Agriplex. We’re excited to showcase our two historic venues – Elsie Perrin Williams Estate and Grosvenor Lodge. Both are an exceptional choice for brides dreaming of an intimate celebration in an unforgettable venue.

Raw Footage Photography

Whether you’re working with a professional wedding planner or are a DIY maven, a bridal show can be a great place to look for new ideas, discover the latest trends, and find inspiration for your big day. But it can also be a bit overwhelming.

Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your visit:

1. Come prepared

Most wedding shows have a website or Facebook page where you’ll find a list of vendors. This will give you a sense about the size of the event. If it’s a smaller ‘boutique’ show you may have time to meet everyone. If it’s in a large hall with hundreds of booths you’ll probably want to take a more organized approach.

Scan through the list and make note of vendors – florists, photographers, DJs, venues – that catch your eye. This way you can take an intentional first loop around the hall to visit your must-see picks.  

Don’t forget to check the website for any early-registration incentives, like ticket discounts and give-always.

This year at the London Bridal Expo, we are giving away scratch cards with a guaranteed discount on every card, so make sure to come and visit!

2. Don’t be shy

Once you’ve identified a vendor that sparks your interest, you’ll want to get a sense of whether they are someone you’ll enjoy working with.

Vendors attend wedding shows to promote their business, so they should be happy to chat. You may want to bring a list of questions, or you may prefer to keep things casual. Whatever happens, don’t be pressured into making an on-the-spot commitment. Most vendors will be happy to set up an appointment at a later date to discuss details in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Bridal party poses on steps with rubber boots and umbrellas

3. Bring a tote bag (or a BIG purse)

You’d be amazed at how many brochures, flyers, coupons and business cards you’ll go home with. Many vendors even offer swag! Come prepared. Your arms will thank you, and you can sort through everything at home.

One Twelve Photography – Everyone loves a good accessory

4. Make it a girl’s day out

Wedding shows are designed to be fun and fanciful. So why not make the most of it by asking the special women in your life to join you? Arrive early so you have plenty of time to see everything, check out the free samples, enjoy some refreshments, and make a day of it.

5. Don’t miss the fashion show

The highlight of any bridal show is the fashion show. Everyone loves the glamour and excitement of seeing the latest trends in wedding, bridesmaid, and mother-of-the-bride dresses glide down the runway. Arrive early to make sure you get a front row seat!

HRM Photography

You can find details about the London Bridal Expo by visiting their Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/LondonBridalExpo

Can’t make the show, but want to learn more about hosting your celebration at Elsie Perrin Williams Estate or Grosvenor Lodge? Contact Paige at bookings@londonheritagefoundation.ca