In the next fews weeks, Little Photo Bus Photo Booth will be starting wedding show tours. It is a fabulous time for the Little Photo Bus to show the world our Awesomeness, and how the our photo booth business captures the fun moments that couples, and their guests, cherish for a lifetime.
For us, it is such a fun time to meet the newly engaged couples, and share in their love stories. How did you meet? How did he propose, or did she? Where is the wedding? You know, all those questions that you begin to answer as a talk track, including cued giggles and timely 'ahhhs'.
If you have been to a wedding showcase before, you know there is an overwhelming array of choices to consider; Wedding Planners, Venue Options, Caterers, Photographer, DJ's, and most importantly, Photo Booths (especially Our Bus!).
This planning stage is suppose to be one of the many moments of fun and celebration. So be sure to do that! To help you make the most out of the time of celebration, here are some awesome tips:
Prior To the Show:
Tip #1. Plan out your Bridal Showcase Visit. Prior to your arrival, create a list of the needs you want to fill first, especially if you are sticking to a tight budget. Many of the bridal shows will have a list of vendors that will be part of their showcase on their website prior to the event. Check out the websites to start this pre-planning. By doing this pre-homework, you can maximize your time, ask the questions in person, and take advantage of show specials.
Most of the Bridal Shows have Wedding Fashion Shows. Be sure to plan your visit to include and make time for these showtimes.
Tip #2. Have your Contact Labels Ready to Go! Most Bridal Show Vendors have great show specials and 'give-aways'. Having pre-printed Avery Labels can become your best partner at a Bridal Show. Be sure to include on your label your name, mailing address, phone number, email, venue (if chosen) and most importantly, your wedding date, you can save yourself SO much time!
Now, if you are a bridesmaid, or in the wedding party, preparing this for the upcoming bride/groom is like the most awesome gift ever! 😇
Tip #3. Create an Email Address. Instead of using your daily email address, consider using a 'couple' email address. Get creative and have fun with it, and be sure to check your email often! This may also be a great time to consider your couple's #Hashtag!
At the Show Tips.
Tip #4. Bring your Entourage, and Get Ready to Celebrate! You Are Getting Married!! Whoop! Whoop! So bring all your besties, mom and dad, and all the in-laws and make it a party. Believe me, everyone wants to celebrate you! Plus, why not, there will be cake!...
Be Prepared to Eat!! This is one of my favorite parts of a show too! Trying out different caters, and for me, cake artists, is so much fun! Food allergies can still be a problem for some of us, so if you have allergies, you may want to bring something of your own to munch on. Caterers will definitely accommodate your allergies for your event, but because of tastings for the masses, not many allergy issues are accommodated at the shows. Last thing about food/drink, bring your own water!! The bottled water at these shows is SO expensive. Seriously, it crazy, so come prepared to quench your thirst from home.
And be prepared to have your picture taken!! Especially at the Little Photo Bus! Photo Booth companies want you to experience their service. At LPB, we take great pride in always giving the most realistic experience to our vibe, even at a show.
Tip #4. Visit Anytime, but Later Arrivals get More Attention. Of course, come whenever you can to a Bridal Show, but did you realize the later afternoon visits give you the most attention? By still giving yourself plenty of time to see everything you want and need to, late arrivals to a wedding show generally have the place to themselves.
Morning time arrivals are packed. We vendors love it, but it does take away the one-on-one time with you that we also truly love. Arriving 2-3 hours prior to closing time is a great option for having meaningful conversation time, while still capturing the fashion show showtimes.
Tip #5. Mark Down Your Favorite Vendors! You are going to discover a lot of information, and believe me, you'll want remember all the things you loved, but may forget once a few days go by. Write notes on business cards and store it in a special place to reflect on later. (💡 Times have changed in the past several years with technology, but I kept all my information in a little notebook which today is like a little scrapbook of all my wedding planning.)
Tip #6. Look for Discount Coupons for the Show. Many times, the showcase website will offer discount tickets, or show vendors will have some to share.
The biggest take away, is relax and enjoy the process. It's only going to last a short time, and the day of your wedding It will all be worth it!
Chrissy and Deanna are the Co-Founders and Co-Creators of the Little Photo Bus. Our mission is to make every event into an Awesome Party. These tales are our musings from the incredible journey we are wholeheartedly into and absolutely enjoying.