When I was getting ready for the Fall Wedding Festival
(at the TD Convention Center) a couple months ago, I scoured the internet for a guide, a helping hand on what to expect for my first bridal show. I came up with very little inside information, and the ideas I did find weren’t plausible for my situation. Looking back, I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences for the benefit of another photographer out there who might be in the same shoes as I was. I’m cheering you on! And please reach out if you have any other questions about how the bridal show went!
The first thing I set out to design was a brochure to be able to give to prospective brides when they stopped by my booth. What you create is really up to you. Personally, I decided to create a simple wedding packages pricing guide. I felt it would be any easy way to communicate my packages. I used some of my favorite images and crafted my packages in a bi-fold brochure using Adobe Illustrator
. I think I passed out a little less than one hundred of these brochures just so you have an idea of at least how many to bring! And VistaPrint
was my go-to for the business cards. I designed them myself and had them printed on their glossy cardstock. They rates are SUPER reasonable for buying in bulk!
THE TABLETOP GALLERY.
I really wanted to make sure I participated in the Tabletop Gallery even though I had no clue what in the heck it actually was. I just knew it was free, and my images could be displayed in yet another format for potential brides to see. I really didn’t know what to expect at all. Someone suggested bringing a canvas and a small stand for the high top table. But that sounded a little bulky to me. Instead, I bought a tri-fold mini display board
at my local craft store and spray painted it in a pink that matches my branding. From there, I cut out foam board with my favorite printed images and pasted them to the display board. I LOVE how it turned out, and it was super easy to transport and no setup required!!
MY BOOTH. My booth was was very simple. It had to be something I could set up and tear down by myself and items that would also would be able to fit into my cute little Toyota Camry. I rented a table and an electrical hookup for my booth. So here’s what I pakced in my car:
- Black tablecloth brought for my table
- 32″ TV from my bedroom for a photo slideshow
- Email signup sheet & pens
- The easels and poster images pictured above
Here’s a little iPhone sneak of the preliminary setup minus the TV… Best of luck to you at the show! Let me know how it goes and if any of my advice helped you out!! 🙂