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10 Tips For Attending a Wedding Show

Brides, get a little insight & advice before you venture off for the day!

1. Set aside the entire day to attend the show.  That way you're not rushed and pushed to fight the crowds.  Also staying till the end increases your chance of winning door prizes.  many times you need to be present to win and vendors always wait till the end.

2. Pick specific categories of vendors you want to meet with.  Don't be overwhelmed by trying to tackle everything on your wedding to-do list.  Towns typically have 1-3 shows a season that you can attend and with an average 9-12 months to plan your wedding you will have two seasons of shows within your engagement.

3. Take time to actually talk to the vendors you picked out to book.  Talk pricing, availability and special things about their services and business.  This will save you consultation time later, if you don't like them at the show, chances are it's not a good fit.  Why waste their time and yours by just saying hi and booking a consult.  Get the hellos, nice to meet you and first impressions out of the way at the show.

9. Have you budget in mind before you go.  This will stop you from get carried away with vendors that our out of your budget and add-on things you see but don't really need.  You will be to keep your eye out for specific deals in areas you are personally looking to save on.

4. Bring labels with the your contact information.  Yes, be that girl!  You will thank me later, there's no need to skip the chance at winning something just because you're tired of writing you info. Be sure to include your name, wedding date, email and phone.  Skip the mailing address, vendors don't need it.

5. Bring a bag, but not your entire purse.  Just like any tradeshow or market type event, there are crowds and loads of things you end of carrying.  Inevitably the vendor with the free bag will be in the far back corner of the show, so bring something allow for all those samples, business cards and postcards.  Stay away from you entire purse so you have easy access to what you need and you give your shoulder a break.

6. Bring only a friend or two.  This is not the time for a entourage.  Again it's crowded and everyone is doing the exact same thing.  You don't want to go at it alone but don't bring the friend that wonders - bring the one that is eager to grab vendor info and stay by your side.

7. Come with an appetite but not starving.  Depending on the show you'll be able to sample food from multiple vendors, keep in mind it's just a sample and you are going but don't expect a full meal.

8. Bring cash for the snack bar or vending machines for water. Something to drink will probably be the only thing you would need, many shows have a convenient are to snag a bottle.

10. Enjoy it, at the same time don't set your expectation too high.  Every show is different - different layout, different list of vendors and different crowds.  Depending on the day it will be wonderful or just alright.

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Black Friday 2014 Wedding Deals

Cover ImageAlright Brides, it's time to snag some great deals for your upcoming BIG DAY!!!  We have had Brides save $1,000++, yes $1,000++ by taking advantage of Black Friday.  So after the baking is done, a wonderful turkey dinner has been enjoyed and your relaxing with family take a look at these deals.

Wedding Guests! We have deals for you to, so browse below!

 WEDDING PAPER DIVAS | Wedding Invitations Suites galore! Save 25% off on EVERYTHING SITEWIDE, click below!

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Tiny Prints | Have you sent a your Save the Date? Or your Holiday Cards?  Take a look at Tiny Prints and receive 30% SITEWIDE right now!

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Black Friday HAS STARTED at Stella & Dot! Head over there now to receive an additional 25% off all sale items now through 11/30. You can save big on lots of Gifts for Her - necklaces, earrings, rings and other beautiful accessories. And to make things even better, right now they are having their DOT DOLLARS SALE! For every $50 you purchase, you will get $25 back to spend later. So what are you waiting for?

Stella & Dot Sale

Looking for unique decor and glam or glitter for your wedding? Browse through the Lunz Bazaar collection and receive great deals with the special offers below!

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Plus save 5% off the entire Luna Bazaar site!

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Last but by no means least...Rent the Runway!  We have exclusive deals for you on Black Friday AND Cyber Monday, click the banner below on those days to save!  Don't think just wedding - this is the perfect time to snag your look for NYE and holiday celebrations!

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{Published} The Knot magazine

A very special wedding is featured in the latest issue of The Knot magazine | Missouri & Kansas! In the Fall issue The Knot selected 13 Weddings they loved in these Midwest States.  Take a look at the two page spread and more images in the wedding gallery!


Get your copy of the Fall issue today to see spreads of all 13 weddings. they are all beautiful!


Recruiting | Event Assistant Internship

We hire twice a year for our internship program.  If you are interested in working for AnnaBelle Events or in the industry this is the best local option to gain the experience you will need. Please read through all the information below before applying to make sure this is the right fit for you and your apply correctly.

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