Engagement sparklers come with a little challenge called wedding planning. Apprehensive Minneapolis/St Paul brides-to-be should not despair, though. The Wedding Fair can simplify considerably the complex process of planning a wedding for engaged couples. To maximize your experience, read our do’s and don’ts of attending a bridal expo.

Do bring the groom with you

We know this is no easy task. Most men will shudder at the thought of endless crowds, gowns and chatter, but try to convince your guy to join so you can take important decisions together (vendors to choose, budget to spend, etc). For better and for worse, remember?

Do take time to plan your visit

A large scale show can get overwhelming if you don’t organize your visit carefully. Three passes are generally necessary in order to make the most of your visit. Pass one: simply walk through the fair without engaging in conversations or stopping. Just soak in everything you see. Pass two: gather leaflets and brochures from every Minneapolis/St Paul vendor that looks interesting without actually having a long conversation. Then take a break to go through all the promotional material (your feet will thank you). Pass three: Stop by the vendors who caught your eye, have a chat with them and schedule an after-show meeting.

Do wear comfy shoes and stay hydrated

You will be moving and standing nearly all day, so be prepared to step out in your most comfortable shoes (even if they are not the chicest you’ve got). It is important that you drink lots of water on the day to keep hydrated and avoid even the mildest migraine.

Don’t attend a bridal expo if you don’t like to be approached

This is inevitable – at wedding fairs vendors are doing their best to sell their products/services which means they will approach you and start chatting. If this is something you are not comfortable with, wedding shows are not for you.

Don’t rush

Allocate around 3 to 4 hours for a fruitful visit, especially if there are many exhibitors to see and discuss with. It will only take you a few hours to accomplish something that would normally require a few weeks (just envision driving around Minneapolis and St Paul to reach multiple vendor locations). Sounds pretty good, right?

If you are planning to visit the next Wedding Fair, just enjoy your experience and try to take in as much as you possibly can. Every minute of your visit will be worth it.