Tips for Successfully Attending a Bridal Show

Tips for Successfully Attending a Bridal Show | Photo by Tab McCausland Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now starts the never ending Google search for a beautiful venue, the perfect dress and, of course, the most delicious cake (along with a thousand other things).

Step away from the computer and step into the soonest bridal show you can find. That is where everything you’ve been looking at online comes to life. An empty room is transformed with the sights (couture dresses), sounds (that DJ you’ve read so much about), and smells (the cake on your tablet you’ve been drooling over) of all that is wedding.

To help you prepare, we are sharing our reasons why you should attend a wedding show. Plus few tips to navigate through the show with the least amount of stress and the most success.

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Wedding Show!

Vendors put their Best Foot Forward:
This is the time for you to preview the best of the best when it comes to what we as vendors have to offer. Whether it is a photography studio showcasing their best photos or a bakery letting you sample their most decadent cake, all vendors step up their game for a show. Plus, many wedding vendors offer specials to brides that attend the show and book with them (we definitely do, so stop by and ask us about it!)

As a Bride, You are Treated Like Royalty:
Every girl loves to be pampered and made to feel special. As a bride, that is exactly what you can expect at a bridal show. We absolutely love meeting brides, hearing your wedding vision, and mostly, sharing in your excitement!

All the Experts at Your Fingertips
A bridal show is a fancy way of saying: “All the experts are in this room!” Do you have questions about ceremony traditions? Maybe you have a great idea for your centerpieces but aren’t sure how to make them happen. The best people in the wedding industry are there to help and we love answering your questions.

Freebies and Giveaways
It is worth it to attend a show just for the opportunity to win a great prize. Most booths have some sort of giveaway- we have a drawing for dinner at our amazing rooftop restaurant Eleven! Plus, there is usually a grand prize, like an all-expenses paid honeymoon (and, seriously, who doesn’t want that)!

Tips for Successfully Attending a Bridal Show | Photo by Tab McCausland Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

So, we have convinced you to give your WIFI a rest and to attend a bridal show, but now what? It’s time to prepare to attend.

6 Tips for a Fun & Successful Wedding Show Experience

  1. Pre-Register
    • This will usually save you money and will definitely save you time at the door
  2. Before the Show
    • Create a wedding specific email address. That way, all of your wedding correspondence is in one place and not cluttering your personal email.
    • Make address labels or business cards. You will be giving your contact information out, a lot. This will help you avoid those painful hand cramps.
    • Make a vendor checklist. Include what you need to accomplish at the show, this will help you stay focused. Have you chosen a venue yet? If not, make that priority number one.
  3. Make Sure to …
    • Bring a notebook and pen. Jot any notes down as you talk to different people.
    • Wear comfy shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking. And just ignore the fact that all of us vendors are in heels- we just want to look good for you!
  4. Bring Reinforcements
    • Whether it is your groom, best friend, or your mom- you’ll want to bring 1 or 2 people to bounce ideas off of, help you make a decision, or just assist you with holding everything you receive.
  5. Stay Focused
    • Stick to the list you made and seek out the vendor information you know you need. This will help you from getting overwhelmed.
  6. After the Show, Grab a Bite to Eat & Review Your Notes
    • Sit down, rest your feet, and thank your best friend for spending Sunday talking to 8 different DJ’s. Also use this time to go over all the information you collected while it is fresh in your mind.

Tips for Successfully Attending a Bridal Show | Photo by Tab McCausland Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

While getting the information you need is your number one priority for a bridal show, it is another event for you to attend that will add to your excitement about marrying the love of your life- and what is more fun than that?

Visit us at the upcoming Wedding Shows!

Sunday, April 17, 2016
12:00pm
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
Get Tickets

Sunday, May 15, 2016
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Save 20% on Tickets with Code ‘REUNION’

Photos courtesy of Perfect Wedding Guide and Tab McCausland Photography

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Wedding Color Palette: Pink, Green & White

Wedding Color Palette: Pink, Green and White | Photo by Meg Baisden Photography| ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Fun and feminine are the theme for this color palette. The classic Ballerina Pink mixes nicely with the pop of Honey Dew Green and both work well with the traditional White. We love this soft and colorful palette because it transitions through both spring and summer.

Pink is a popular color with our couples, what is your favorite color to pair with pink?

Photo by Meg Baisden Photography

Wedding Links to Love

Wedding Links to Love | Photo by La Dolce Vita Studio| ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

What’s new? What’s interesting? What’s fun? We scoured the internet for some links to answer those questions! Thank you to La Dolce Vita Studio for the photo.

Save the Date!

The Reunion Wedding Team will be out and about this fall!

PWG Wedding Show
September 13, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
FREE Tickets: use code VENDOR

Wedding Color Palette: Bright Pink, Pale Pink & Khaki

Wedding Color Palette: Bright Pink, Pale Pink & Khaki | Photo by Rhodes Studios | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

We are blushing over this month’s wedding color palette! Mixing the shades of pink with Persimmon and Peony brings a nice depth but focuses on one color. Accenting with Toasted Almond provides a neutral base that lets the signature color shine.

What’s your signature color?

Photo by Rhodes Studios

Wedding Links to Love

Wedding Links to Love | Photo by William Arthur Photography| ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s that time to share our favorite wedding planning tips and ideas. Thanks William Arthur Photography for the something blue, shoes photo.

  • Save your guests’ feet! Super excited that the Blush Team shared the news about Rescue Flats.
  • Dad’s are full of advice but these marriage tips are smart and will warm your heart.
  • This romantic and whimsical french themed decor has us day-dreaming about sipping champagne by the Eiffel Tower.
  • Add pizzazz to your wedding with one of these fun ideas.
  • Ditch those pre-wedding jitters and get ready to this playlist.
  • Your Engaged! These Instagram photos will inspire your own announcement.
  • Forgo the wedding favors and use that money toward the greater good.

Save the Date!

The Reunion Wedding Team will be out and about this fall!

PWG Wedding Show
September 13, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
FREE Tickets: use code VENDOR

Wedding Color Palette: Cobalt, Sunshine & Clementine

Wedding Color Palette: Cobalt Blue, Sunshine Yellow & Clementine Orange | Photo by Meg Baisden Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

We are welcoming bold colors with the arrival of summer! Cobalt Blue brings a high impact hue with a classic feel. Touches of Sunshine Yellow and Clementine Orange add brightness and fresh warm colors to this color palette. Looking for other bright colors that would mix in? Try Fushia Pink, Lime Green or Plum Purple.

What bold colors are you loving this season?

Photo by Meg Baisden Photography

Reunion Resort voted Best Venue: Osceola County in Orlando Magazine’s 2015 Best of Wedding Awards

Reunion Resort voted Best Venue: Osceola County in Orlando Magazine's 2015 Best of Wedding Awards | Photo by William Arthur Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

We are ecstatic to be voted the #1 Best Venue: Osceola County in Orlando Magazine’s 2015 Best of Wedding Awards presented by Orlando Wedding! Every year Orlando Magazine asks the readers and Central Florida residents to vote for their favorite vendors in 20 categories. Thank you to our couples, vendors and friends who have honored us with this recognition!

We would also like to recognize our favorite vendors who were also voted with top accolades.
A Chair Affair Inc – #1 Best Specialty Rentals
Blush by Brandee Gaar – #1 Best Wedding Planner
Kaleidoscope – #1 Best Lighting and Effects
Lee James Floral Designs – #2 Best Floral
LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry – #3 Best Hair & Make-up
The Leonard Brothers Band – #2 Best Band
Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals – #2 Best Specialty Rentals
Our DJ Rocks – #1 Best DJ & #3 Best Lighting and Effects
Party Flavors Custom Cakes – #2 Best Cake Designer
Photobooth ROCKS! – #1 Best Photo Booth
Soundwave Entertainment – #2 Best DJ

Wedding Links to Love

Wedding Links to Love | Photo by Julie Brewer Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Happy Wednesday! We have another round up of some of our favorite wedding planning tips and ideas. Thanks to Julie Brewer Photography for the wedding guestbook photo.

Come See Us!

The Reunion Wedding Team will be out and about, stop by and say hi!

PWG Wedding Show
May 31, 2015
Hilton Orlando Resort
FREE Tickets: use code VENDOR

Determine Your Wedding Style

Determine Your Wedding Style | Wedding Fashion, Decor, Tips & Inspiration | Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

Your Wedding Style is a reflection of you and the one you are choosing to spend forever with. Do you and your fiancé love going to the beach? Maybe a casual, outdoor wedding is best for you. Have you always dreamed of wearing a ball gown wedding dress? A formal, black-tie wedding might fit your perfect theme! When choosing your personal wedding style, there are many details, both big and small, that can be explored. The Reunion Wedding Team would like to help you determine your wedding style considering these four main criteria: Fabulous Fashion, Celebration Décor, Creative Cuisine, and Personal Touches.

Determine Your Wedding Style | Wedding Fashion, Decor, Tips & Inspiration | Photos by RH Phography Communication, Katie Lopez Photography, Meg Baisen Photography & Soltren Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Photos by RH Photography Communication (top left), Katie Lopez Photography (top right), Soltren Photography (bottom left) & Meg Baisden Photography (bottom right)

Fabulous Fashion: Style isn’t created, it is who you are. Is your closet filled with flowing chiffon or fitted suits? On your wedding day, express yourself by choosing a dress that represents you. The location and season will help determine what types of prints, fabrics, and details will be appropriate for your wedding style. Complete the look by selecting your Wedding Party’s attire with your theme in mind.

Celebration Décor: Burlap table runners, chalkboard signs, Mason jar centerpieces, and wine barrels would be great accessories to accentuate a rustic, shabby-chic wedding style. Distressed picture frames showcasing table numbers, ornate brooch bouquets, and old-fashioned typewriters and luggage are beautiful ways to perfect the vintage-style wedding.

Creative Cuisine: Don’t feel as if you’re limited to the traditional plated banquet dinner. For a more fun and interactive way to incorporate your personal taste, try an Action Station Menu or a heavy Hors d’ oeuvre reception instead. Tie in cultural elements by choosing cuisine that compliments your family’s history or the destination in which you choose to wed.

Personal Touches: Guests should be reminded of you as they experience your day through the details. Homemade favors, signature cocktails, and monogrammed wedding party gifts are sentimental ways to tie in what is most important to you both.

Determine Your Wedding Style | Wedding Fashion, Decor, Tips & Inspiration | Photo by Revelo Studios , Meg Baisden Photography & William Arthur Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Photos by Revelo Studios (left), Meg Baisden Photography (top right) & William Arthur Photography (bottom right)

Still looking for wedding style inspiration? Use these three helpful hints to determine the look and feel of your special day.

Log off Pinterest!
Don’t choose a style just because it’s the latest trend. Choose a wedding style that is realistic to your budget and who you are as a couple. The goal is to look back as you celebrate your 25th Anniversary, knowing you made the right decisions. Remember it is your wedding and you can choose to be as traditional or non-traditional as you like.

Take a Look Around You!
Wedding style should be determined by your personal style. The way you express yourself on your wedding day should reflect your own unique fashion and home décor. If your home has modern and contemporary décor elements, maybe an art gallery or museum would be a great fit for you. On the other hand, if your home is filled with vintage-inspired furniture and antiques, consider a romantic, garden wedding.

Commit to It!
From bridesmaids dresses and centerpieces to menu selection and location, there are many ways to incorporate your own personal style in your wedding. Whether you choose a simple wedding style, with natural wooden elements and colors or a full-blown renaissance theme, do not try to incorporate everything. Stick to the personal style you love and remember to have fun!

Determine Your Wedding Style | Wedding Fashion, Decor, Tips & Inspiration | Photos by William Arthur Photography & Kristen Weaver Photography | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Photos by William Arthur Photography (Left) and Kristen Weaver Photography (Right)

Wedding Color Palette: Blue, Pink & Cream

Wedding Color Palette: Scuba Blue, Strawberry & Cream | Photo by Victoria Angela | ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog

Inspired by the bright colors of sea life, this color palette is vibrant and lively. Mixing a classic combination of blue and pink but having fun with the shades is how this bride created the palette. The Scuba Blue was even a favorite in Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Report. Plus who doesn’t love colors named Strawberry and Cream.

Have you been following along with our color palettes? Which ones are your favorites?

Photo by Victoria Angela Photography