Indianapolis Monthly Bridal Show at Ritz Charles! | Carmel, IN

I had to share a few highlights from the Indianapolis Monthly Bridal Show at Ritz Charles from this past Sunday, January 19th!  As always, it was such a blast and left inspired for the upcoming bridal season!  I always love being surrounded by all things weddings.  Thank you to all the vendors, brides and grooms for making the show so great!  Congratulations to the engaged couples :: I loved seeing and meeting so many of you at the show!      

I think we can do our part as wedding experts to make sure we are giving our brides and grooms the knowledge to get the most they can from attending a Bridal Show!  When you attend a bridal show, here are a few tips or recommendations when you attend a Bridal Show.  

Best Advice to Brides/Grooms to get the Most Out of Bridal Shows!
  • Come with an Open Mind!  Be ready for inspiration and creative ideas and people all around you.  I suggest taking a few of your favorite ideas that you have from the show and incorporate those into your wedding.  Bring a pen and paper and you could make a list of those "Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It" List!!  You get a lot of information at one time and you will want to keep notes of those vendors and ideas you really liked.  
  • Bring a Camera or Phone for Pictures!  There are items you will see and want to remember for later.  
  • Bring a Tote or Bag!  Something over the shoulder that you can put the packets or information you pick up into.
  • Make Address Labels with your Info!  It may be helpful as you are giving the vendors the same information for their give-a-ways to have stickers with the bride/groom's name, wedding date, phone number, email and wedding locations.  If you don't know your wedding date and/or locations, just put approximate with "Spring 2015 and Indy Area" or what you may know at that point.  
  • Bring Someone that likes those Details!  Sometimes your fiance is involved in the planning and sometimes not.  I recommend bringing someone that likes being involved in the planning details and will enjoy checking out dresses, cakes, tuxes, honeymoon options and other misc stuff. You'll find any thing for rents to pampering yourself.  whether that be your fiance, your mom, bridesmaids, family or friends! 
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes! Be cute, but comfy!!  The odds are you'll be on your feet for quite a while, and uncomfortable shoes will tire you out too quickly. 
  • Save on Admission!  If there is an admission fee to the show, check out the vendor list for the show you're attending. Most vendors receive a number of complimentary tickets to give away to people interested in their services. Contact a vendor you might be interested in and ask if they have a couple of comps so you can come check them out. 
  • Create a "Wedding Email" Address!  Register in advance for a free e-mail address from one of the many free services like Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo.  When filling out contest entry forms and inquiry sheets use this address, so that when the wedding is over you can simply cancel the account and avoid any further wedding related e-mail.  Reserve your main e-mail address for vendors you actually contract with. 
  • Have Fun!  If you just got engaged, you won't know too many details for your planning yet.  That is normal and you need to remember to not be overwhelmed and just enjoy the day.  You will have time after the show to sort out all the information and decide your wedding date, location and vendors!  The show is all about celebrating you two and the engagement - have fun and enjoy yourself!  

Here are a few highlights of the awesome tablescapes, inspiration and details by the amazing team:  

There are so many friends that showcase their work at the Bridal Show!!  With all going on, I didn't take pictures of it all, but here are just a few favorites from my friends on Sunday!  

Here are a few floral bouquets for gorgeous inspiration from McNamara Florists:

Fantastic and Yummy Wedding Cake Designs by Heavenly Sweets!

AAA Hoosier Motor Club - for Honeymoon Travel!

Nancy Emans and the girls with Mary Kay!

Gloria, Tom and their Team with Events by Design!

Loved this fun table display!

Erica and her team at the Indiana State Museum!

I love the girls at JP Parker!

Eileen & the team at Classic Cakes!

Gorgeous Dress from Marie Gabriel Couture!

What a Blast! And these were just a few of the amazing displays!! Thank you again to all the vendors for the inspiration and fabulousity!  Congratulations to all the engaged couples!  Enjoy.  XXOO, Kristin 

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