The LIST! 2013 Nashville Bridal Events, Shows Plus My Bridal Show Tips
Friday, December 28, 2012
Let's face it, most of us are still in vacation mode. With another long weekend coming up and with that gorgeous new ring on your finger it's hard to stay focused. Today we're going to help you get a little more focused on the priorities at hand - like your upcoming wedding and the bridal shows you're about to attend.
What is a bridal show and why should you attend?
We love bridal shows! A bridal show is an event in which local wedding pros set up a booth and turn it into a mini-boutique or store of their own. Attending a bridal show is like going to a wedding mall where you can meet dozens to hundreds of wedding pros under one roof. You can go and talk to event pros that you will need for your wedding day - from wedding planners to rental companies. Their booths will give you an idea of what they have to offer and the better ones will leave you inspired and wow'ed!
We recommend that you do research FIRST! Spend a few hours on our website looking at our wedding directory and our blog to see what you like and who you might want to see in person. Visit their blogs or websites and see which shows they are participating in and seek them out. While there, check out others that grab your attention. The more prepared you are, the better your experience and productive your day.
Many bridal shows offer a fashion shows allowing you to see tuxedos, bridal gowns, bridesmaid attire. Make sure you time your arrival to see a show.
How to prepare for a bridal show
1) Set your overall budget before you start wedding shopping.
2) Wear comfy shoes and bring a bottle of water to drink. Maybe something salty - You will need it after your 3rd piece of yummy cake.
3) Print 50 info labels that contain your first/last name, email, phone, mailing address - this will save you lots of time when you enter contests and/or give vendors your information.
4) Take a notepad and a pen to write down your favorites.
5) Take a camera to capture the ideas you like.
6) Plan ahead by bringing a shopping list of the vendors that you need and your estimated budget for the category.
7) Go with one friend to keep you focused on your objectives - which vendors you need at which budget.
Which shows to attend?
There are several bridal shows coming up at the start of the year we're all really excited about. In the next few months, you will hear about several bridal shows and events. While you'd probably like to, you will not have the time or energy to attend them all. Here's our list of the Nashville-area shows we plan to attend and think they'd be great to add to your calendar to check out.
January 4, 5: Brides Against Breast Cancer, Sheraton Music City in Nashville TN
Gowns for a good cause - gotta love it! View full details here.
January 6: Pink Bride Bridal Show, Nashville Convention Center in Nashville TN
This is a BIG bridal show. I used to go to the show to get ideas, find new wedding goodies... until we were kicked out by the show producer...like our little Nashville blog is any threat! Moving on - we did like going to this show because it's big! But, we do hear a lot of brides say it's too big. You've been warned. If you want to take a crew of friends along for wedding fun, go, check it out. Sample food and cake and get ideas. Then check out one of the smaller shows, listed below, if you want more one-on-one interaction with potential vendors.
January 13: Enchanted Brides Show, Hutton Hotel in Nashville TN
The Hutton Hotel hosts the Enchanted Brides show. This evening event also shows off the hotel's beautiful ballroom with great views of the city. Pre-register here. The Enchanted Brides show is always a great show! You will get tons of ideas and meet some of the city's most exclusive wedding professionals. View show details here.
January 13: Clarksville Brides Show, Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville TN
I've attended this show several times in the past. Good show! I caught their cake dive contest a few years ago. What a hoot! If you live near the area, plan to attend because this is one of the best ways to find great local wedding pros. View show details here.
February 10: Here Come the Brides Bridal Show, Franklin Factory in Franklin TN
This was a fun show! Kathy, the show producer, wanted couples to come out and have fun together while they shopped for wedding pros. They show is medium sized - not too big and not too small. The vendors are some you won't find at other shows that you may also attend. The venue is easy to get around. View show details here.
February 17: Perfect Wedding Guide Show, Nashville TN
The folks at the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine organize a quality, high energy bridal show with lots of our favorite wedding vendors. View show details here.
For a complete list of upcoming bridal shows visit our events page to stay informed and ready to go! Happy planning!