You’re engaged! Now what? It’s time to carefully get the wedding planning going and choose your vendors. Tip: a wedding fair is always a good place to start.

Gathering the best vendors in your area under one roof, a bridal show can save you time and money (read on if this sounds intriguing) but, to be honest, these six reasons are more than enough to attend one.

1.      Original Ideas

Don’t get us wrong, your ideas are great for sure, but exploring a melting pot of tips and advice on all things weddings will prove a fantastic source of inspiration. Discuss with as many creative people as possible. They are there to share their unique visions and answer all your questions.

2.      Great Deals

Most wedding vendors will run fair promotions to attract visitors. If this applies to vendors you were going to work with anyway, take this unique opportunity to save some cash.

3.      Face to Face Interaction

Finding your dream wedding elements is ideal, but liking the people behind them is essential. Establishing personal connections at the fair will prove incredibly useful since you will be spending the following year or so working closely with these people and entrusting them with the success of your big day. Being on the same page with the vendors you hire is key.

4.      Hot Trends

Vendors will be showcasing the latest bridal fashion trends, the chicest favors, the lushest flower arrangements, and the list can go on. There will be something for everyone (yes, even for the pickiest of couples).

5.      Freebies

Exhibitors know that by offering prizes and giveaways they encourage people to visit their booth, so they will use this marketing tool cleverly. From door prizes, to bride bags to cash prizes, there are lots of bridal things to be won. Sign up for anything that tickles your fancy and you might get it for free!

6.      Precious Advice

The main reason you are visiting a wedding fair is to get as much information as possible. Don’t be shy to ask experts for advice and tips. Attend talks, ask questions and listen carefully to everyone. It will prove useful sooner or later.

Every bride-to-be should find the time to attend a wedding fair. Bring along a person you trust and feel really comfortable with, and make sure you have a few good hours to spend at the show. Time will literally fly!