Our next pointer for surviving a bridal fair covers the area of personal contact information. You will sign in and leave your info as you register for the event, but many vendors will have sign in sheets at their booths for receiving more info from them. Here are a few tidbits to keep in mind:
1. Leave your phone number only if you are okay with vendors calling you. Many vendors will follow up with a personal message after the event, and if you don't want your phone ringing off the hook, leave your preferred method of contact (such as email) rather than your digits.
2. Create a wedding email account. Many sites offer free email accounts that you can quickly sign up for. This ensures that your personal and work email accounts are not bombarded with wedding emails. It will help you to keep things organized and keep your sanity when you need a break from wedding planning. My personal favorite free email host is through Google...check out gmail.com and set up your firstname.lastname@example.org account today!
3. As I mentioned before, many vendors will have you sign in at their booths. Rather than spending all day writing and re-writing your email address and phone number, why not print some labels with your contact info ahead of time? This way, at each booth all you have to do is peel and stick! A time saver, and a hand cramp preventer all in one!
Remember to give your information only to those vendors that you are interested in working with. Use your eyes and ears to determine which vendors you would like to hear from again and limit yourself to giving only those your personal contact information.
Don't forget to look for us at Booth 19 this Sunday at the AR Democrat Gazette Bridal Event in Rogers at the John Q Hammons Convention Center. The doors open at 12:30 for special pass holders, and 1:00 to the general public. We'll see you there!