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Tips for Navigating Bridal Bazaar

Sunday’s the big day… no not your wedding, but a show to help you plan it.  Bridal Bazaar can be awesome but can also be overwhelming.  Below find our tips for how to successfully make the most of the show.

If you are coming, stop by and say hello.  First Comes Love will be at BOOTH 131.

Bridal shows offer a great opportunity for you to interact with vendors.  Here is the First Comes Love recommended approach for the best (and most productive) bridal show experience:

MAKE A LIST – Before you attend a bridal show, make a list of the vendors you still need.  While it can be fun to check out all of the vendors, you’ll want to focus on those that you still need to book for your wedding.

PRINT BUSINESS CARDS OR LABELS – Most wedding vendors will aim to collect your information when you visit their booth.  It can be very time-consuming (and redundant) to fill out their forms.  I recommend creating your own slips that include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, wedding date, wedding location (if chosen), email, phone number and a notes section.  But remember, any information that you provide, the wedding vendor will use.  So if you only want to get emails, don’t put your phone number on it.  Also, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the wedding vendor to provide you with information relevant to your wedding.  And only give your information to vendors who you actually want to hear from.

MY BIGGEST, BEST TIP – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT collect information from vendors that you are not interested in.  The worst thing a bride and groom can do is collect a bunch of fliers about wedding vendors.  I know it is tempting to pick up fliers from the vendors who are extending their arms toward you, but remember, whatever you put in that great big bag you were given when you walked in the door, you then have to go through.  Andafter a while, it will be hard to distinguish who you had a really good conversation with verses who had someone aggressively pushing their materials on you.

SPEND TIME WITH THE VENDORS – Here’s the deal.  On your wedding day, the people you hire are navigating the most important day of your life.  You want to make sure that your personalities mesh well with the vendors who will be on-site.  This is especially true with DJs, photographers and videographers.  This is your chance to see if you get a good vibe from these people.  Ask questions, talk about pricing and make sure that this is someone you want to spend your big day with.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS – Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask vendors.  I have a great list, so if you want mine, feel free to EMAIL ME or you can find lists of questions online.

ENJOY YOURSELVES – Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun.  If you have a full-service planner, navigate the show with them.  This can be a great way to do mini-consults with several vendors at once.  Your consultant can help you bypass the vendors who are not relevant to you and introduce you to their favorite vendors.  If you are flying solo, walk the show once without talking to any vendors and mark the ones you want to talk to.  Then go back a second time and actually talk to the vendors you like.

TAKE NOTES – Whether on paper or your BlackBerry, make notes on what you like about specific vendors.  Are they offering a set discount for the show?  Did they say something that really hit home?  The more notes you have, the easier the follow-up process will be.

Hopefully these tips will help as you plan your big day!

Happily Ever After – Monica and Larry

Today is the one year anniversary of First Comes Love couple Monica and Larry!  We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED working with them on their bright, rock and roll wedding – which featured a Tiffany blue and burgundy color scheme.  Their wedding day started at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego followed by a morning ceremony at Point Loma’s Admiral Kidd Club (check out Larry in his dress blues!)

At the end of the ceremony the couple exiting through a sword detail and then treated their  guests to a lunchtime reception complete with a taco station, photo booth and lots of other fun treats.  But the fun didn’t stop there!  After the reception, they headed downtown for an after party (one that people are still talking about!)

A very happy anniversary to Monica and Larry!!!

The amazing vendor team: Wedding planning by First Comes Love – www.firstcomeslovesd.com, photography by David Champagne Photography – www.davidchampagnephotography.com, Venue – Hard Rock + Admiral Kidd Club, Florals – Haydee’s Creative Flowers, Officiant – Ceremonies by Bethel, Ceremony Music – Caprice Strings, Cake – St Tropez, Chocolate Fountain – Euro Pastry, DJ – My DJs, Photobooth – The Foto Box, Make-Up + Hair – MAGIC Beauty Team, Transportation – Elite Image Limo + Simply Elegant, Rentals – Concepts Event Design

It’s Erica and Jonathan’s Wedding Day!!

Today Lindsay is working with super sweet couple Erica and Jonathan for their Darlington House wedding.  The couple met through a tutoring company that they used to work for.  He thought she was cute, she thought he looked pretty good too and soon after the two were engaged.

We are so thrilled to be a part of your big day – thank you for including us!

Thank you to Josh Elliott Studios for sharing their lovely engagement photos!

It’s Emily and Mike’s Wedding Day!!!

I’ve been working with Emily and Mike for the past year and a half to plan their big day.  The couple met by chance.  As neighbors in Sacramento, they met in the hallway of their building and soon began hanging out.  That blossomed into love and when Mike knew that Emily was the one, he flew to the Mid West to ask her family for permission to propose.

With the okay from her family, Mike came back to San Diego with a postcard from Kansas City explaining what he did.  He packed a picnic and took Emily up to Cabrillo National Park.  Overlooking the bay, Mike proposed and Emily said yes!

Today the happy couple will wed at El Cortez and will use neutral colors and succulents to tie in their romantic vintage feel.  Plus they have special touches like a mac and cheese bar and cheesecakes instead of a traditional wedding cake (yum!)

Congratulations Emily and Mike!!!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

Thank you Love Art Photography for sharing their engagement photos!