The biggest bridal show in South Texas is officially nearly here – The Bridal Extravaganza!
The show kicks off January 9th at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from NOON – 5PM, and your ever-faithful Texas Wedding Guide is here to give you all the inside tips on how to prepare for your visit to the show and meet all the wedding show exhibitors. So download your wedding planning app, grab those sneakers, and get planning!
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Tip 1 – Get Ready for Savings!
There are several ways to save BIG at the Bridal Extravaganza.
You’ll get the best deals by signing contracts with exhibitors the day of the wedding show. Many offer specials when you sign a contract and put down a deposit during the show. Add to your chances to save when you participate in our Cash for Contracts program.
Cash for Contracts gives you a chance to win up to $250 towards that signed contract!
Once you sign a contract with an exhibitor, take a copy over to the Wedding Guide booth. Your contract will be added to the drawing held after the show concludes. If your contract is drawn and you win, the Wedding Guide will pay your vendor $250 towards your balance. Winners will be contacted by the Wedding Guide staff the week after the show, so be sure to check your voicemail!
Some couples may be nervous signing a contract onsite. Don’t be. You’ll have plenty of time to talk to wedding professionals of all kinds and vendors such as wedding vendors will also give you an “out” within so many days so you can see the venue in person for final approval.
Every couple receives $500 in “Bridal Bucks” to spend at the Bridal Extravaganza. This monopoly-esque cash can be used towards your wedding contracts with many show exhibitors.
Each wedding vendor accepts a varying amount of total Bridal Bucks towards your contract. You could get $500 off your venue rental, $100 off your wedding cake, or $300 off your photography package. Spend all the cash with one vendor, or divide it up among a few. It’s up to you!
There’s no better deal than free, so we have plenty of Grand Prizes at the Bridal Extravaganza as well! Every couple that registers at the door or prior to attending the show is automatically entered as a potential winner for the Grand Prizes. Winners are chosen as the conclusion of the wedding show so if you can’t make it to the end, don’t sweat it. We’ll be contacting you to let you know you’ve won.
Show Specials & Deals
There are many Bridal Extravaganza exhibitors who offer additional specials and deals beyond accepting Bridal Bucks. Be sure to look up the list of exhibitors in advance so you can start planning your trip to the show. Save your favorites in the Wedding Guide app so you have the list handy!
Tip 2 – Do Your Research
For most wedding shows, you’ll be able to look up the list of exhibitors prior to the wedding show. That means you can get some work done ahead of time to get the most out of your day.
The highest quality wedding shows will have these exhibitors sorted by wedding professional category, so you can easily search through your options. Make a list of the wedding vendors you still need and start browsing through which ones will be onsite during the wedding show.
Once you have your list, start your research. Get some essential information on your wedding vendor, like style and price range. Then you’ll be armed with the basics prior to attending the wedding show.
Some exhibitors will even book meetings during wedding show hours prior to the show. If you have interest in seeing a particular vendor, consider contacting them in advance to set up a time to meet during the wedding show. This means you can schedule face-to-face meetings with all your favorite wedding vendors without having to wait for them to be available.
Tip 3 – Be Prepared
Not only will you get most out of attending a wedding show by being prepared, you’ll enjoy it more.
Being prepared means being ready to get some steps in. Pull that hair back, wear comfortable shoes and don some breathable fabrics to stay cool and focused on the task at hand.
Lots of couples bring printed label sheets with their contact info and wedding date to share with the wedding vendors quickly and easily. Shows like the Bridal Extravaganza makes it easy to keep track of vendors and connect with them as well by downloading the app prior and scanning the QR code in each booth.
The average wedding show lasts 4 – 6 hours. That may seem like a long time to spend walking around a show, but many couples stay for the entire event. They visit the exhibitors, watch fashion shows and love winning door prizes. Consider this, if you’re meeting with even five wedding professionals face-to-face for a half hour, you’re already at two and half hours. That being said, the length you stay depends on how much planning you need to get done, and your overall pace.
One thing couples love about wedding shows are the samples! Caterers and bakers show off their skills at wedding shows by providing samples to attendees, and it’s easy to fill up as you walk around. Additionally, there will be concessions for food – and even a bar!
Tip 4 – Squad Up!
Gather up your posse to attend the Bridal Extravaganza in full force! Don your tiara and sash, while your crew wears their personalized T-Shirt and you roll in in all your glory.
Heading to a wedding show with your wedding party can make the day extra fun. You’ll get plenty of opportunities for Gram-worthy pics in the beautifully decorated booths, and may even find some room for a Tik Tok.
From browsing wedding dresses set up by wedding gown stores, to tasting food served by caterers, your entire group will enjoy themselves and be able to provide you with instant feedback. Not to mention the best wedding shows have a bar where you can all grab a drink and regroup.