Guest Writer: So You Went to a Wedding Show... Now What?!

Happy Tuesday y'all!

Today on the JTP blog we're doing something brand new and featuring a guest on the blog - Lindsey with Face Forward! I ran across this article from Lindsey about a week ago and thought it was very helpful for anyone in the process of wedding planning and "show attending." If you've ever been to a wedding show you know first-hand how overwhelming and somewhat confusing they can be. While it's great to see so many amazing vendors, it's difficult to figure out a "plan of attack" on narrowing down who you would like to hire for your big day! 

Lindsey has be so kind as to let us share her article with you, and I think you'll find it quite helpful! 

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So you went to a wedding show... Now what?!

Well if I'm a good guesser it is probably one of 3 situations;

1. You went to the show looking for one or two specific vendors to finish wedding planning in which case you found them and are feeling super successful and accomplished! Good for you, pat yourself on the back and go kick back on the couch with a glass of wine! You earned it girlfriend!

2. You are one of those brides that went to the show because you are super excited about being engaged but you don't even have a venue or date yet so really you were having mindless conversations but not really getting any where.....NOW here me when I say there is nothing wrong with that! Next Step- getcha a venue girlfriend and then go to another show! They are wayy more fun when there is real possibility!

OR 3. You have a venue, date and maybe a few other vendors but more than anything you need to make decisions and figure out how to make your dreams a reality....which probably means your slightly freaking out because you talked to EVERYONE, got over loaded on information and are now having a slight panic attack.......THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU FRIEND!!! Grab a brown paper bag and a seat- I've got your back boo!

First thing first. BREATHE. You are gonna be just fine!

Most people will tell you to start with the big things! And I agree but I also agree with starting with the things that are most important to you! IF the cake is extremely important then start there! Because if it is important to you and your fifi (what I like to call a fiance) then you want to make sure you get the vendor you LOVE!

So find a seat on the floor and spread out all those brochures and information sheets and probably grab that brown paper back and take another deep breath. Pick out the important categories to you! Then test yourself see who you remember! Typically the vendors you remember are the ones you had great connections with. START THERE. Get in touch with them, set up consults or whatever their next step is. When you complete that category go to the next! 

TOP PIECE OF ADVICE!

If you meet with a vendor you love and trust ask them who they recommend for the other categories you still need to book- chances are you will love them too! Vendors tend to kinda run in packs, they have other people who work like them and who mesh well. Vendors who mesh well make for a seamless wedding day! 

Take it one category at a time. Breathe deep. Check one item off the list at a time. When you mark one off revisit your brochures and pick the next. Its a progression. It will all come together! I promise. And if you get to a category where you don't have any information or you don't have a good connection with a vendor than find another show to go to. OR hop over to theknot.com or WeddingWire.com where you can search vendors in every category (kind of like an online wedding show!)

Bottom line. Deep breath sweet babe, we are here to help you plan your wedding. One step at a time.

We truly hope this helped our over whelmed nearly weds! Are you a past bride with advice for a soon to be bride on not getting overwhelmed? Please comment your advice below!

XOXO

Lindsey

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