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!
PRINT MATERIALS. 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:
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