Last night we attended our first bridal show! Now, this was more of an open house event hosted by the BEAUTIFUL Historic Londontown and Gardens, but for us, this was our idea of a bridal show and let’s just say that there are a few things that we wished that we had done differently. But life is all about learning and adapting so that you can be better prepared for the next go around! This post is going to be VERY honest with our view of what it was like for us!
First, we wanted to show you what we DID do. Since this was our first show, we had no idea what to expect, so we brought the following:
Now, what we would CHANGE.
Final thoughts : We LOVED being able to network with some wedding vendors that we don’t usually get to work with. We met amazing business owners and that was so fun! We also met a few couples that we totally vibed with and could potentially be #CostolaCouples! What we DIDN’T like is that because the couples feel the need to visit all of the tables, we obviously don’t have the quality time to chat with each one and get to know them. Standing at a table with our work on display just felt… sales pitchy? Tony and I have NEVER been the ones to pitch our work to couples. Our couples are usually people who have followed us for months or even YEARS and they want to be a part of our family because they see the loyalty and care that we give all of our brides and grooms. It’s hard to show that to a couple in a 3 minute conversation, nor do I even think that it is possible, at least not for me!
It was hilarious because sometimes after a couple would leave our table, Tony would just look at me and say “I didn’t realize you could be so awkward!” But that’s because I FELT awkward. I know so many amazing and talented photographers go to bridal shows, HUGE bridal shows, and they KILL it! They book 5-10 weddings just off of one show! I just felt like those weird street corner sales people who try to get you to buy tickets to take a ride on their tour bus, and it probably showed!
Would we do this show again? YES! I think it’s a wonderful thing to network with others and when a venue offers you a table at their show, you take it! It’s a huge honor and who knows – maybe one of those couple’s saw through my awkwardness and thought “hey, these two look like they could be cool people.” And what a blessing would that be! We would have never added this couple to our family if we hadn’t taken a chance and stepped out of our comfort zone!
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
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