If wedding planning is slowly turning you into a bridezilla, attending a bridal expo is the quickest remedy we know of. Being able to save an incredible amount of time, cut wedding costs, and win important prizes will make you feel again like the jolly bride-to-be you once were. If it worked for dozens of Minneapolis/St Paul ladies who visited the Wedding Fair, it will work for you, too.

Attending a bridal expo for the first time? Here is how to tackle it like a pro.

Pick the right bridal expo

For the sake of convenience, go for large wedding fairs with dozens of exhibitors (the Minneapolis/St Paul Wedding Fair is a great place to start). Check the show’s online vendor list and see who is exhibiting. If you are looking for something in particular, make sure there are enough wedding vendors showcasing the item/service you are after.

Get on social media

Start following the social media channels of the bridal expo and stay informed about possible event changes, promotions and special flash deals.

Be among the first

Arriving early at the bridal expo will give you enough time to visit the vendors you want, because, remember, there will be hundreds of people flocking around you, keeping those vendors busy. This is a day when you definitely don’t want to rush, so don’t show up late.

Keep organized with a binder

Get a binder and label each section with wedding categories, such as wedding venues, wedding gowns, wedding decorations, etc. A final section should contain the questions you want to ask wedding vendors at the fair. Keep a spare space to file all business cards, brochures and flyers you receive and voilà, you’ve never been more organized.

Bring your checklist

Don’t roll your eyes. The checklist is a bride-to-be’s most trusted friend. Add everything you need to plan your wedding: favors, floral arrangements, reception decorations, an outstanding wedding photographer, etc., and write down the amount you are willing to allocate to each of them. 

Sign up for prizes!

Going home with prizes and giveaways worth hundreds of dollars is a huge bonus. On top of this, you will receive a grab bag, get to try on fabulous dresses and taste delicious food and cake samples.You win.

Snap your favorite items

If taking photos and videos is allowed, go ahead and capture everything you fancy. You won’t remember every detail once you are back home, so keep the images as a reminder and inspiration for your Minneapolis/St.Paul nuptials.

Follow these tips and your first bridal expo will be a breeze. Expect to walk away with lots of priceless wedding ideas and a big smile on your face (oh, and you can wave that bridezilla good-bye for us).