Tips for Attending Our Summer Show
Our Richmond Weddings™ Summer Show is unlike any other one you’ve been to, and we want you to have the best time possible, so we came up with some tips! As this is our 25th year running, we have seen it all. From dehydrated brides to women sitting massaging their feet because they wanted to wear their brand new heels (we get it!) With these tips you can stay organized, happy, and excited to walk down the aisle to your sweetheart.
First things first, create a separate email for all things wedding related. Keep your wedding planning emails separate from your personal emails to help declutter your planning process. After the show, you’ll be receiving a lot of exclusive and valuable information from our vendors via email. Try creating something simple and easy to read/write. Maybe it can be the hashtag you’re planning on using!
Get Your Tickets Early. Save time by buying your tickets online before the day of our show. This will help get you and your group checked-in and onto mingling with vendors as soon as possible. Plus, you save money when you buy early!
- Save on tickets with code ‘TIPS5′ at checkout!
Establish Your Budget. Nothing is worse than falling in love with a vendor and then realizing they’re out of your budget. Establish your budget for each category so you can come to our show with a clear vision!
Research Exhibitors. Before our show, figure out what you still need for your wedding and who you’d like to talk to. Check out our show vendors page and look through their websites. Decide which vendors you want to meet. If you’re just getting started, come early, take your time, and enjoy!
- Your Calendar/Planner. Many of our vendors will be looking to book venue tours, tastings, and more! Have your schedule ready to go for easy planning!
- Worried you’re falling behind on your timeline? Check out our Budget/Timeline tools!
- Your Wallet/ID. While most people don’t leave the house without this, we’ll have a beverage station at the show with mimosas and other drinks. Make a day of our show with your best friends!
- Pre-Printed Labels. Include your name, wedding date, wedding location, mailing address, and wedding email address that you can have readily available to give each of the vendors you meet. They will LOVE you for it!
Wear Comfy Shoes! You’ll be doing more walking than you expect, so be sure to wear some comfy shoes! Main Street Station is an expansive place. Throughout the excitement, your feet will be the last thing on your mind! Do yourself a favor and wear some comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy.
The Less Stuff You Bring, The Better. Along with a bag from Richmond Weddings™, our vendors will be giving out freebies and goodies. No need to bring anything extra while trying to plan your wedding! Consolidate your belongings before you come in the door!
Ask Away! Ask our vendors any questions you might have. Our super friendly vendors are there to help you plan the wedding of your dreams, and they are the industry experts. Ask them!
Plan Your Meals Accordingly. There will be a ton of food samples from various vendors including caterers and bakers. Plan your meals accordingly so you’re not too stuffed to try all the yummy bites!
Take Photos! Capture all of the endless inspiration and fun that will be at our show! They’ll help you with your planning and create lasting memories.
- Posting on social media? Use #rwshow to be entered to win prizes!
Give Yourself PLENTY Of Time. Be prepared to spend 2-5 hours at the show. There will be A LOT to see and many vendors to speak with. Take your time and make a day of it!
Parking. Main Street Station offers fenced, well-lighted parking facilities with pay-ticket machines directly across from and to the east of the station.
Parking rates for the Main Street Station are:
- 1st hour free, $1 per hour, $5 daily maximum
- The machines accept cash and credit cards only.
Parking is easy as there are many nearby lots to choose from. If you’re looking to ditch the stress completely, remember: there’s always Uber!
Take Time To Decompress. Kick your feet up and RELAX after our show. Make notes on vendors you loved before you forget. Read through the materials you collected. Update your calendar/planner. Get excited about wedding planning!
Keep It Organized. Separate your meetings and other various items into groups by vendor type. Make notes in a Google Sheet about each of the vendors you talked to, noting things you liked and questions that might have popped up! Getting everything organized will make you feel accomplished!
- Check out our handy Planning Tools to help!
Keep The Ball Rolling. It’s easy to put wedding planning on the back burner, especially after a day at our show! Keep planning and schedule appointments with the vendors you are interested in. Be sure to browse through materials for vendors that offer show-only specials!
- Follow us on Instagram to keep your #weddinginspo fresh! We post daily content as well as weekly Real Richmond Weddings!
Have any additional questions? Feel free to call us at (804) 789-9110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see you all on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Main Street Station from 11am-4pm. Get your Tickets here and save with code ‘TIPS5’ See you soon!