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Making the most out of wedding shows

The winter months are filled with wedding shows here in the Red River Valley (and everywhere else in the country!). Wedding shows are a great idea whether you have just started planning or are almost done. Shawna Noel Photography recently asked one of their brides to offer up a few tips on how to have a great experience at a wedding show.

Lindsey Olson and her husband Matt tied the knot last August in Grand Forks. Before their big day, Lindsey estimates they attended about six wedding shows in the area. Here are Lindsey’s tips for making the most of each show:

• Go in with an open mind. The reason you attend wedding shows is to gather information and meet vendors. Don’t be quick to judge whether you need something or not. Lindsey suggests bringing two bags with you; in one bag, place info that you are very interested in, and in the other bag, place info that you are not quite as interested in. Keep both bags as resource material until you get married.

• Attend the show as a couple! This is important especially if you’ve just started planning. Attending a few wedding shows together can help you form ideas for your wedding — and you’ll learn quickly what each person is drawn to as far as colors, themes, photography style, floral designs, etc.

• Think beyond the wedding. Think about the honeymoon, registries, and even the possibility of buying a home after you get married.

• Be ready to put down deposits. If you find a vendor that you love, be prepared to write a check or provide credit card info to hold your date. Some vendors offer discounts if you book at the show.

• Get out there and mingle. Wedding shows give you the opportunity to chat with a large variety of vendors, so try to make the most of it! It’s important to get the basic info, such as availability and cost, from vendors, but try to get to know a little bit more about them. Ask about their experience, what sets them apart from the competition and if they have a traditional or non-traditional approach. Also, if your wedding isn’t in the Fargo or Grand Forks area, be sure to ask about any additional travel or shipping costs.

• Have fun!

Lindsey and Matt Olson  Photo by Shawna Noel Photography

Stop by the Radio Fargo Moorhead wedding show this Sunday, Jan.31! It is held at the Ramada Inn in Fargo from 12-4pm.  Fresh Wed members Milestones Photography , Song 3:4Katie Lewis Photography, and the Plains Art Museum will all be there!

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