TIPS FOR ATTENDING A BRIDAL SHOW

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

You're engaged and have decided to attend some of the upcoming bridal shows.  Now what?  How do you get the most out of the show?  Just like the wedding, the bridal shows will go much smoother with a little planning.  Be prepared before you attend to get the most out of each and every minute.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top 10 tips for attending a bridal show:
 
 
THREE IS NOT A CROWD:  Bring your fiance, parents, bridesmaids, friends and long lost relatives.  They can help you cover twice the ground and offer opinions about the choices of wedding merchants. (Note: About 30% of fiancés attend, in spite of what yours may say! Last time I checked, men liked cake samples too.)
GET TIME ON YOUR SIDE:  Plan to spend at least 2 hours so you can visit all the wedding vendors and see at least one fashion preview. You will regret it if you don't.  No where else will you accomplish so much in so little time. 
STICK IT TO WIN:  Bring pre-printed address labels for prizes and giveaways.  Many vendors hold drawings for trips, prizes, and discounts.  Your labels save you from repeatedly writing your name and address.  This saves time and ink.  You can even print some of your own and include your email address.
DON'T FORGET YOUR WALLET:  Bring your checkbook in case you might want to book services or hold dates with a deposit. The top photographers, caterers, florists, and DJs book up quickly.
BRING YOUR CALENDAR:  With so much talent in one location, you are sure to find vendors you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with.  
HAVE A PLAN:  Know what you are looking for and have questions in mind. You will save time and see everything that’s important to you.
COMFORT MATTERS:  Wear comfortable shoes.  You will be doing a lot of walking and it's hard to concentrate on what you're doing with aching feet. 
HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN:  If you're out of town, send a substiute to to collect information on services you need and register you for prizes.  
HAVE NO FEAR:  Ask questions!  The vendors are there to help you. You are under no pressure to buy from them, so find out everything you need to know.  Most of the vendors have years of experience and can give you great and practical information.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS:  There are lots of shows scheduled from January - April each year.  Know what's available.  Some vendors and venues even host their own private shows.  Check it out and make a schedule.  That way you won't miss a thing.
 
 
 
 
 
Want to meet and greet with Mr. Burch Formal Wear?  Check out the shows where we will be this season.
 
January 4, 2015 from 1pm-4pm Bridal Market by PWG at SOHO in Homewood
January 11, 2015 from 12pm-5pm Southern Bridal Show with Elite Events at the BJCC 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND BRIDAL SHOWS

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Congratulations!  You got engaged over the Christmas holiday and are offically planning your wedding.  Now what?
 
 
Planning your wedding can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming projects that you tackle.  There are so many details to take care of.  You have to pick a venue, entertainment, lighting, caterer, dress and that’s only the beginning.  How are you supposed to even know everything you need?  Where can you go for help?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bridal shows play an important role for engaged couples.  They give you the opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends, see gorgeous venues and network with professional vendors who know their stuff.  There are many reasons to attend but let’s look at the top three.
 
 
 
 
Great Ideas
You can network with other couples and professional vendors.  This is a great way to gather information and get some fresh ideas.  You might find an excellent referral from another bride.  You can tour some amazing venues like the Southern Bridal Show at the BJCC January 11, 2015.  A bridal showcase gives you the opportunity to surround yourself with people who are looking for the same answers you are.  Don't forget to catch all the shows (especially the fashion shows)!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Vendors
 
Most bridal shows have vendor sponsors with multiple industries represented.  Not sure about your location?  Attend the venue’s bridal show.  Need help deciding what kind of entertainment to offer?  Speak to one the  experienced professional entertainment experts.  Most bridal showcase  vendors have been in the business for years, and are willing to share their knowledge with you.  They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  Bridal shows are an excellent way to benefit from the professional’s years of experience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freebies!
 
Bridal shows are notorious for having AMAZING give-aways.  You can win all kinds of interesting and wedding related things just by going to the shows and learning more about your upcoming event.  Like the upcoming Southern Bridal Show, registered brides will be eligible to  receive all kinds of prizes.  Make sure you stop at each booth to register for the individual prizes as well checking out the big giveaway.  You can’t take advantage of the give-away opportunities if you don’t go to the shows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brides have enough to do without trying to do it all alone.  Come to a bridal show and see what you’re missing. You can always stop by our booth and speak to our experienced staff.  We can't wait to see you.
 
Stay tuned for a complete bridal show schedule.

MY TRIP TO MARKET PART 2

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The next day I was with Wayne, Lonnie and Greg checking out the new tuxedos and suits from a variety of vendors. Here are some of what we saw at Market. 
 
David Tutera
This was the first booth we stopped by and took a look at the brand new line of tuxedos by David Tutera. This diamond Ice tuxedo has a great look for a destination or outside wedding. The multicolored bowtie really sets off this tux and reminds me of an old southern wedding.
 
 
Michael Kors                                                                                            
Next stop was the guys at Michael Kors. We all know that with a name like Michael Kors it's going to be a very hot item with brides. We purchased the grey Passion tuxedo by Michael Kors and it has been a hit. But what about a black one?
 
 
 
 
Ike Behar
 
Ike Behar was next. The offering of a Navy Tux was surprising at first but Navy is on the way back. Hard to decide which one looks the best.
 
 
 
Allure Men
 
We ended the day with Allure Men. Allure has had huge success with their bridesmaids and prom dress line but now they offer formal wear for men. Allure men has a great line of tuxedos. This is the new cement tuxedo offered in both a notch and peak lapels. We really like the light grey look and mixing and matching coats and pants with accessories gives you so many choices.
 
 
 
 
That trip was a very enjoyable and enlightening one that gave me an insight into another facet of the tuxedo rental and sales industry. Check back soon for our announcements on what we purchased from this trip. We are still trying to decide so give us feedback if you would like. Follow us on social media and let us know. The customer is always right! It was a great time and I look forward to next year.

BRIDAL SHOWS FOR SUMMER 2013

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Tis the season for Bridal Shows.  There are lots of bridal shows scheduled in the first quarter of the year but don't miss these amazing summer shows that are right around the corner.  Take a look at the upcoming events.
 
 
 
 
A Bridal Affair
The Westin Birmingham
July 21, 2013 from 1-4pm 
 
 
 
Birmingham Weddings & Celebrations along with The Westin Birmingham will host “A Bridal Affair” July 21, 2013, at the new Westin Birmingham. This will be a wedding event like no other in Birmingham. Brides will receive invitations to enjoy this exclusive event and bring attendees together with the premier wedding service professionals in Birmingham in a unique setting. Multiple event spaces, both inside and outside the hotel will provide each vendor the perfect backdrop to showcase their business and engage attendees.
 
 
 
The SOHO Bridal Show
August 4, 2013 from 1-4pm
 
 
 
Perfect Wedding Guide & Engaged Wedding Library will be hosting our 6th Annual SoHo Bridal Show Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Rosewood Hall in Downtown Homewood from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come join over 50 of The Magic City’s FINEST Wedding Pros! SoHo Bridal Show is a boutique show designed with the bride in mind. There will be live music, food tastings, fabulous floral displays, and exciting giveaways that include $500 to Diamonds Direct!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Southern Bridal Show
August 25, 2013 from 12-5pm
 
 
 
Join us for the South's Elite Bridal Event since 1990...Brides are able to meetface to face with wedding professionals and find everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams! You can SEE a photographer's pictures, TASTEsamples of cakes and foods from the caterers, SEE your future gown and the tuxedo of your groom on the fashion show runway, LISTEN to the music of your DJ, VISUALIZE the flowers that you will be carrying down the aisle, GET IDEASfor your bridal registry, PLAN your honeymoon and so much more! See the South's most spectacular bridal fashion show production at 4:00pm with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment! In addition to getting lots of great ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun!
 
 
 
 
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming bridal shows.  Be sure to stop by and see us at our booth to find out how to get your groom's tuxedo for free.  We can't wait to meet you.

'TIS THE SEASON FOR BRIDAL SHOWS

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Planning your wedding can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming projects that you tackle.  There are so many details to take care of.  You have to pick a venue, entertainment, lighting, caterer, dress and that’s only the beginning.  How are you supposed to know everything you need?  Where can you go for help?

Planning A Wedding

Bridal shows play an important role for engaged couples.  They give you the opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends, see gorgeous venues and network with professional vendors who know their stuff.  There are many reasons to attend but let’s look at the top three.

Great Ideas
You can network with other couples and professional vendors.  This is a great way to gather information and get some fresh ideas.  You might find an excellent referral from another bride.  You can tour some amazing venues like the Southern Bridal Show at the BJCC January 13, 2013.  A bridal showcase gives you the opportunity to surround yourself with people who are looking for the same answers you are.

 

Meet Vendors

Most bridal shows have vendor sponsors with multiple industries represented.  Not sure about your location?  Attend the venue’s bridal show.  Need help deciding what kind of entertainment to offer?  Speak to one the  experienced professional entertainment experts.  Most bridal showcase  vendors have been in the business for years, and are willing to share their knowledge with you.  They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  Bridal shows are an excellent way to benefit from the professional’s years of experience.

 

Freebies!

Bridal shows are notorious for having AMAZING give-aways.  You can win all kinds of interesting and wedding related things just by going to the shows and learning more about your upcoming event.  Like the upcoming Southern Bridal Show, registered brides will also receive a FREE one year subscription to Brides Magazine and will be eligible to win a deluxe, all-inclusive honeymoon trip!.  You can’t take advantage of the give-away opportunities if you don’t go to the shows.

Brides have enough to do without trying to do it all alone.  Come to a bridal show and see what you’re missing. You can always stop by our booth and speak to our experienced staff.  We can't wait to see you.

Stay tuned for a complete bridal show schedule.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR ATTENDING A BRIDAL SHOW

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Bridal Show season is around the corner.  For those who are getting married, it can be an exciting and confusing time.  There are lots of shows to attend and so much to see.  How do you handle it all?

Bridal Show Tips 

 

Just like the wedding, the bridal shows will go much smoother with a little planning.  Be prepared before you attend to get the most out of each and every minute.

Top 10 tips for attending a bridal show

  1. THREE IS NOT A CROWD:  Bring your fiance, parents, bridesmaids, friends and long lost relatives.  They can help you cover twice the ground and offer opinions about the choices of wedding merchants. (Note: About 30% of fiancés attend, in spite of what yours may say! Last time I checked, men liked cake samples too.)
  2. GET TIME ON YOUR SIDE:  Plan to spend at least 2 hours so you can visit all the wedding vendors and see at least one fashion preview. You will regret it if you don't.  No where else will you accomplish so much in so little time.
  3. STICK IT TO WIN:  Bring pre-printed address labels for prizes and giveaways.  Many vendors hold drawings for trips, prizes, and discounts.  Your labels save you from repeatedly writing your name and address.  This saves time and ink.  You can even print some of your own and include your email address.
  4. DON'T FORGET YOUR WALLET:  Bring your checkbook in case you might want to book services or hold dates with a deposit. The top photographers, caterers, florists, and DJs book up quickly.
  5. BRING YOUR CALENDAR:  With so much talent in one location, you are sure to find vendors you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with. 
  6. HAVE A PLAN:  Know what you are looking for and have questions in mind. You will save time and see everything that’s important to you.
  7. COMFORT MATTERS:  Wear comfortable shoes.  You will be doing a lot of walking and it's hard to concentrate on what you're doing with aching feet.
  8. HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN:  If you're out of town, send a substiute to to collect information on services you need and register you for prizes. 
  9. HAVE NO FEAR:  Ask questions!  The vendors are there to help you. You are under no pressure to buy from them, so find out everything you need to know.  Most of the vendors have years of experience and can give you great and practical information.
  10. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS:  There are lots of shows scheduled from January - April each year.  Know what's available.  Some vendors and venues even host their own private shows.  Check it out and make a schedule.  That way you won't miss a thing.

 

 

Want to meet and greet with Mr. Burch Formal Wear?  Check out the shows where we will be this season.


●   January 6 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm – SHELBY LIVING BRIDAL SHOW
●   January 6 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm – BRIDAL MARKET by PWG
●   January 13 from 12:00- 5:00 pm – SOUTHERN BRIDAL SHOW
●   February 24 – A BRIDAL AFFAIR
●   February 24 from 1:00 - 4:00pm - WEDDINGS 101, TRAVEL PLANNERS
●   August 11 from 1:00 - 4:00pm – TRUSSVILLE CHAMBER BRIDAL SHOW