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15 Tips for Attending The Wedding Fair™ at the Minneapolis Convention Center

It’s that time of year again! So many wedding fairs and so many engagements. Start planning your wedding today–you don’t want to miss this event!

Here are 15 Tips for Attending The Wedding Fair™:

1 // Find parking
Downtown doesn’t have to be a stressful  place to park, use the Third Avenue parking entrance, east of the Convention Center. Or scope out parking spaces on E 14th or 15th St between Nicollet and 1st Ave.

2 // Go early
Grab a cup of coffee and arrive early so you can enter with ease!

3 // Go with friends
Yes, gather your crew to help you sift through vendors! Make it a fun event and bring your mom, your best friend, and, hopefully,  your fiancé.

4 // Have a list of vendors you need
No matter which planning stage you are in,  make a list of the vendors you are interested in! 

5 // Think about your overall budget
You may not know exactly how much a floral covered arbor will cost, but you know much you can spend on your wedding. Make a list of negotiables (things you don’t want to spend a lot on) and non-negotiables (things you want to splurge on)–this will help you make decisions  more quickly and on-budget!

6 // Talk to everyone
Once you’ve made a list of vendors, make sure to talk to everyone.  Other vendors may offer excellent tips and referrals! Give them a chance, you won’t regret it!!

7 // Ask vendors if they have a show promotion
Vendors are interested in booking clients at the fair and may have special offers if you book an appointment at the show. 

8 // Grab a cocktail
Turn this wedding fair into a day date! Grab a cocktail at the bar and relax in the sea of fellow engaged couples.

9 // Eat cake + samples, too
You don’t know if you like something until you try it.

10 // Make appointments
Schedule an appointments to visit showrooms and storefronts. Talk to vendors to see how they can help you complete your perfect day!

11 // Take business cards and brochures
Take business cards + brochures and plan to follow up them after the show!

12 // Watch the fashion show
Even if you already have your dress or suit, the fashion show is a blast and is included in your admission!

13 // Grab your free swag
Grab every wedding magazine, pen, and notepad you can get your hands on. You’ll need it for planning your wedding!

14 // Stay for a while
You may not want to sift through all of the vendors, but this is your chance to visit 150+ wedding vendors in the same time and place. Instead of searching the internet for hours upon hours.

15 // Avoid the overwhelm
Take breaks, get drink refills, and pace yourself. The Wedding Fair™ is the ultimate wedding planning experience–take advantage and have fun!

Good luck my friend, I know you’ll have a great time! Click here to buy your tickets and to snag that $200 gift card!

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