Wedding Show Tips on Attending | January 9, 2022 at Main Street Station
Our Richmond Weddings™ Winter Show 2022 is finally here! We are beyond excited be able to host our winter show again. This is a unique bridal and wedding show, and we want you to have the best time possible! We came up with some tips to help you get the most out of it. As this is our 28th 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 ones to help declutter your planning process. After the show, you’ll be receiving exclusive and valuable information from our exhibitors. Try creating something simple and easy to read/write. Maybe it can be the hashtag you’re planning on using!
“We got this tip from your list of things to do to prepare for the Wedding Show: create a new email account for all things wedding related. We had all of our contacts with vendors, tracking information for any wedding item we ordered, and everything else having to do with the wedding located in one central place and both of us had access to it. It made it easy to share the planning duties and stay informed at all stages of the process! Plus, we didn’t have to sort through any personal emails and we could ensure that nothing got overlooked. It was the single best thing we did in the planning process. Many avoided headaches and easy organization, which is a dream for anyone planning a wedding.” – from a recent wedding show attendee
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 ‘show2022′ 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 complete list of exhibitors! Decide which ones 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!
- 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 exhibitors 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 the wedding pros any questions you might have. They are super friendly and 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 caterers, venues 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 2-3 hours at the show. There will be A LOT to see and many businesses 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. Click HERE for more info.
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/Lyft!
Take Time To Decompress. Kick your feet up and RELAX after our show. Make notes on those 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 those 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 email@example.com. We can’t wait to see you all on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Main Street Station from 11 am-3 pm. Get your Tickets here and save with code ‘show2022’ See you soon!