Hey guys! It has been a while since our last blog post. Things have been crazy the past couple of months with the creation and launch of our new website and preparing for our first wedding show! Speaking of wedding shows, we thought it would be fun to create a post detailing our process and experience with the wedding show and how attending a wedding show as a bride can be very helpful.
We signed up for our first wedding show just over a month before the show date. This made the design and planning for our booth a little extra hectic, but thankfully everything worked out (for the most part) in the end. Our first step was to design our table, which was…fun…frustrating…amusing…hard…interesting… We had so many ideas, but only one table in our booth, so it was hard to decide what would be the best look to go with. How could we possibly show brides everything we could do with just one look? Or what if our look only catered to some brides and not others? We finally decided to split the table in half and do two looks – one more classic, romantic look and a trendier, bolder look.
Thankfully all the linens arrived on time and after what seemed like we had visited every store in Boise and surrounding cities, we finally found all the decor we were looking for. Aside from a few hiccups (our sign fell in a puddle, a strand of lights we were trying to hang fell and light bulbs shattered, and the “C&N” letters we hung in our booth kept falling down during the show) things went pretty well. Our table turned our great and we got to meet a lot of amazing brides!
For our classic/romantic look we chose a long, flowy, white chiffon table runner. Simple greenery is have a real moment in the wedding world right now, so we chose to use that with white flowers dispersed throughout. Tons of candlelight is key to a romantic look, so we put gold sparkly candles in hurricane vases and lined those along with gold votive candle holders down the center of the table.
We found amazing, sparkly, champagne colored chargers and paired them with a white plate and blush colored napkin. We finished off this look with gold silverware and blush wine glasses with a gold rim. They were soo beautiful! Pictures do not do them justice. I was very tempted to keep them for my own personal use 🙂
We chose to go with a bolder look for the other side of the table – something you might be seeing on Pinterest. We used bold blue linens and laid greenery with maroon and pink flowers down the center of the table. We added gold terrariums filled with votive candles and gold candlesticks with deep blue candlesticks in between the greenery. Goldburst chargers, gold silverware and blue crackle wine glasses added some different textures and patterns to the table. We finished off the look by making pink agate napkin rings.
If you are engaged you should definitely check out a wedding show. It’s a great way to meet a few different vendors from each category and get a feel for their style and packages and whether you feel they would be a good fit for your wedding. It’s also a great way to get some great deals – most vendors will offer some kind of discount, promotion, or prize. There are typically a few prizes you can win through drawings at the show as well.
A few tips:
- Wedding shows are a great place to get ideas, however if you go into it without having done any research, it can get overwhelming! Even if you are newly engaged or don’t even have a date set, spend a little time before the show researching a little bit about what kind of wedding you would like to have (even if it’s just a broad idea).
- Spend a few minutes looking at the list of vendors who will be at the show and get an idea of who you might be interested in getting more information from at the show. Wedding shows can be very crowded and there are so many booths to look at, it can be easy to get sidetracked. If you have an idea of what vendors might fit your style, you can make sure to hit their booths that day.
- Check the schedule. Wedding shows are typically all day events or event two day events. They can include fashion shows, speaker’s, q&a sessions, giveaways, and more. If there is something in particular you want to see, make sure you find out when it will be happening and plan your day/timing around that.
- Create labels! Vendors you talk to at the show are going to want to contact you to give you more information about their services. Do you really want to be writing the same thing over and over again all day? Create labels with the contact information you want to provide vendors, that way on the day of the show all you have to do is stick a label on paper. This will come in so handy if you are visiting 20, 30, or 50 vendors!
- You will be talking to a ton of vendors and after a long day they can all kind of melt together and become one foggy memory. If there is a vendor that you talked to and particularly liked, bring stickers, a red pen, or something to mark your vendor list or their card with so you will know later on that you would like to contact them.
- Have fun, be open to new ideas, and enjoy the day!