Check out some great event tips from our ISU Alumni Center team.
This piece about Bridal ExCYtement was written by Angela Horner, ISU Alumni Center Program Assistant. For more tips and assistance planning a special event at the ISU Alumni Center, call Angela, Lexi, or Brooke at (515) 294-4625 or visit www.isualumnicenter.org.
Planning your wedding shouldn’t be a challenge. It should be a fun and exciting time that reminds you exactly why you are getting married in the first place. Attending Bridal ExCYtement is the first step you can take to help make this experience as painless as possible and help you save some time and money along the way. Here are some tips to help you with the day.
- Create a temporary email to use while planning your wedding. You can delete it later so you don’t have to worry about unsubscribing from vendor emails after your big day.
- Print adhesive labels ahead of time. Include your name, address, phone, and email to save you from writing the same thing over and over and over.
- Register ahead of time. The link to FREE online registration is: http://amestrib.com/bridalexcytement/registration
- Arrive early and check in. Each bride receives a bag full of freebies, and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes will be given away during the show. Visit all of the vendors present and drop your card in the drawing for a grand prize.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Plan to stand and walk around for at least a couple of hours.
- Bring a SMALL purse or bag. Stock it with a calendar, notebook, and pen or your iPhone if you prefer. Don’t forget your checkbook and credit card in case you find a vendor you want to book on the spot.
- Only bring those who offer great advice and support. This could include your entire bridal party, close family members and friends, fiancé, or mother. Or bring them all! Just leave the children at home, please.
- Use your camera or phone to take photos or video. You will see an abundance of flowers, gowns, cakes, décor ideas, etc., and you will want to remember everything. What better way than a picture.
- Create a checklist of vendors and services you need. Research the vendors with exhibits prior to attending so you can determine which ones you need to visit.
- Actually talk to the vendors. Get as much information as you can from every vendor you are interested in using. This way you have something to reference at a later time when trying to make final decisions.
Relax, have fun, and get inspired!