Bridal Show: 101 | Boise Wedding Photographer

Are you planning a wedding?  Still searching for a wedding photographer, DJ, caterer or maybe even a venue? Or… maybe you are so recently engaged you haven’t even thought about the details of your wedding day.

No matter what stage of planning you’re in… the first item of business you need to add to your agenda is :

I bet you are asking yourself…. isn’t going to a bridal show a waste of time?  I mean….I have Google.  

Although it may seem as if sitting in front of your computer and using the power of “Google”  is the way to go…. I assure you it is not.  Yes, you can gather a lot of great ideas and pin them to your Pinterest boards… but I assure you,  nothing beats the experience of meeting your potential vendors in person.  Plus, you get to smell , touch and taste all the different products vendors have to offer.  Think about it…..will your web browser let you sample a piece of wedding cake, feel that gorgeous silk linen you’ve had your eye on or touch a feel a wedding album that a photographer such as myself has on display?

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In addition, attending a bridal show is a great way to gather creative ideas and to ask local vendors questions not only about the services they offer, but their opinions on other wedding topics.  Or even a recommendation to another vendor, such as a florist.  Attending a show is a great way to learn from the collective experience of the vendors.  We’ve been to a lot of weddings, seen a lot of DJ’s in action, tasted many cakes, and worked with many different coordinators.  Basically, we’ve seen it all and can give you our opinion on what does…. and what does not work.

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OK, I’m in… when is the next bridal Show?

 Leap Photography will be at two bridal shows in the month of January.  I encourage you to come to at least one of them… if not both.  Some vendors are only in one show, and others you’ll have a second chance to visit.

The Boise Bridal Show

January 4, 2020 — 10 am – 5 pm
January 5, 2020 — 11 am – 4 pm

Location:  Boise Centre on the Grove

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What can I expect as a bride?

The largest show here in the Treasure Valley is THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW.  It’s a 2 day show which gives you the opportunity to go back a second time if you feel like you just couldn’t get through it all in one day.  There will be over 100 vendors in attendance plus a number of  fashion shows will be held throughout the two days.  You will want to budget ample time to collect brochures, talk to vendors, taste samples and watch the runway shows.  Make sure to give yourself enough time to get the information you need plus gather the verbal information you may need.  You don’t want to feel rushed. To see a list of vendors at this years show and to find out fashion show times…… click this link:  THE BOISE BRIDAL SHOW VENDORS

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Leap Photography’s Boise Bridal Show Booth Space.

How Many Bridal Shows are there?

  1. IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE: Although the Boise Wedding Show is the largest show of the year, there are a few other shows throughout the area. The next largest show is the  IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE. This one day show packs a lot of punch into 5 hours.  Although I’ve participated in this show in the past…. Leap Photography will not be in participating in the 2020 show. The show is slightly smaller than the one held in Boise earlier in January.  It will have over 50 vendors in attendance. Like the Boise Bridal Show, the Idaho Wedding Experience also has a number of fashion shows and is a great place to sample food and talk to vendors.  I suggest showing up earlier in the day so you can soak in the experience.
  2. THE CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW: A new show as of 2020 is the “CHOSEN WEDDING SHOW “. Leap Photography will not be participating in the show either. Since 2020 is the inaugural year of this show, like you I’m interested to see how it turns out. If you’ve just started planning your wedding day, it might be worth dropping in and checking out.

OK, I’m going to a bridal show. What should I take with me?

1)  Someone who you value their opinion. Ask your fiance to come along….but don’t fret if he declines.  Guys just don’t get as excited about wedding planning as we do.  I definitely suggest asking your maid of honor to come along with you.  It’s helpful to have a second pair of eyes.  Also if you have family members you would like to invite…do so.

 2)  A large bag to throw collected brochures and business cards into.

3)  A list of items you really need to look into for your wedding Like going to the grocery store……it’s easy to get sidetracked while at the bridal show.  If you’ve already done some wedding planning, you will want to bring a list with you to help keep you on track.

 4)  2-4 sheet of labels which include the following:       

  • -your name       
  • -address       
  • -phone number      
  • -email address       
  • -wedding date  

A number of vendors will be giving away door prizes.  You wouldn’t want to miss your chance to win something and you certainly don’t want to spend too much time writing this info down.

5)  A pen/pencil + a pad of paper. It’s helpful to write down notes about specific things you liked about one vendor or another or products you want to research more…. while you are in a vendors booth.  You will gather a large amount of information while at the show.  The notes you make while in attendance will help you remember specifics about vendors and products after the show.

6)  Your smart phone Take photos of all the cool ideas you find at the show.   You can come back to the images later when you need inspiration.

7)  A comfortable pair of shoes. The show is quite large and you will be doing quite a lot of walking.  Comfy shoes are highly recommended.  

8)  A check book and credit card  If you find a a must-have product or service and you want to book it immediately… you’ll need to have some form of payment with you…..and not everyone takes plastic at the show. A lot of first-rate services such as photographers, florists, and venues book quickly, so you may want to reserve their services with a down payment/deposit at the show. Some vendors also offer “show discounts”  if you book with them while at the bridal show.


Most Important Tip
Now that you have all the information on how to attend a show….  the most important advice I can give you is to have fun!  Planning a wedding can be stressful enough.  Don’t turn the show into a miserable experience.

The bridal show was designed to not only be a great way for you to gather all the information you need under one roof…..but to be fun as well.    So enjoy your day at the bridal show!  Taste the cake samples, the mini quiches over at “XYZ” catering and learn a new line dance with one of the DJ’s.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Bridal Show: Tips for Attending | Boise Wedding Photographers

Got a wedding photography checklist started?  If not, you should.  And the first item of business you need to add is :

  • Attend A Bridal Show
I’m bet you are asking yourself…. isn’t going to a bridal show a waste of time?  I mean….I have Google.

I know it seems as if sitting in front of your computer and using the power of “Google”  is the way to go…. but I assure you it is not.  Yes, you can gather a lot of great ideas and pin them to your Pinterest boards… but I assure you,  nothing, absolutely nothing beats the experience of meeting your potential vendors in person.  In addition you can see, smell and taste all the different products vendors have to offer.  Think about it…..will your web browser let you sample a piece of wedding cake, feel that gorgeous silk linen you’ve had your eye on or touch and feel a wedding album that a photographer such as myself has on display?

In addition, attending a bridal show is a great way to gather creative ideas and to ask local vendors questions not only about the services they offer, but their opinions on other wedding topics.  For example, you could walk into the Leap Photography booth, browse through my display albums and see a photo with floral arrangements you just love, or see photos where the guests are having a great time at the reception.  If you asked me… I’d be able to tell you who the florists or DJ were for those weddings.   Attending a show is a great way to learn from the collective experience of the vendors.  We’ve been to a lot of weddings, seen a lot of DJ’s in action, tasted many cakes, and worked with many different coordinators.  Basically, we’ve seen it all and can give you our opinion on what does…. and what doesn’t work.

OK, I’m in… when is the next bridal Show?

Leap Photography will be at two bridal shows in the month of January.  I encourage you to come to at least one of them… if not both.  Some vendors are only in one show, and others you’ll have a second chance to visit.

January 6, 2018 — 10 am – 5 pm
January 7, 2018 — 11 am – 4 pm
Location:  Boise Centre on the Grove (Boise)
January 20, 2018  —  10 am – 3pm
Location:  Idaho Ford Center (Nampa)

 

What can I expect as a bride?

The biggest show here in the treasure valley…THE WEDDING PARTY SHOW    is quite large.  It is a 2 day show which gives you the opportunity to go back a second time if you feel like you just couldn’t get through it all.  There will be over 100 vendors in attendance plus a number of  fashion shows will be held throughout the two days.  You will want to budget ample time to collect brochures, talk to vendors, taste samples and watch the runway shows.  Make sure to give yourself enough time to get the information you need plus gather the verbal information you may be in search of.  You don’t want to feel rushed.

To see a list of vendors at this years show a… click this link:  THE WEDDING PARTY SHOW VENDORS

The…..  IDAHO WEDDING EXPERIENCE is the next largest show in the valley.  This one day show packs a lot of punch into 5 hours.  The show is slightly smaller than the one held in Boise earlier in January.  It will have over 50 vendors in attendance. Like the Wedding Party Show, this show also has a number of fashion shows and is a great place to sample food and talk to vendors.  I suggest showing up earlier in the day so you can soak in the experience.

 

What should I bring?

1)  Someone who you value their opinion.
Ask your fiance to come along….but don’t fret if he declines.  Guys just don’t get as excited about wedding planning as we do.  I definitely suggest asking your maid of honor to come along with you.  It’s helpful to have a second pair of eyes.  Also if you have family members you would like to invite…do so.
2)  A large bag to throw collected brochures and business cards into.
3)  A list of items you really need to look into for your wedding
Like going to the grocery store……it’s easy to get sidetracked while at the bridal show.  If you’ve already done some wedding planning, you will want to bring a list with you to help keep you on track.
4)   2-4 sheet of labels which include the following:
       -your name
       -address
       -phone number
      -email address
       -wedding date
 A number of vendors will be giving away door prizes.  You wouldn’t want to miss your chance to win something and you certainly don’t want to spend to much time writing this info down.
5)  A pen/pencil + a pad of paper.
It’s helpful to write down notes about specific things you liked about one vendor or another or products you want to research more…. while you are in a vendors booth.  You will gather a large amount of information while at the show.  The notes you make while in attendance will help you remember specifics about vendors and products after the show.
6)  Your smart phone
Take photos of all the cool ideas you find at the show.   You can come back to the images later when you need inspiration.
7)  A comfortable pair of shoes.
The show is quite large and you will be doing quite a lot of walking.  Comfy shoes are highly recommended.
8)  A check book and credit card
 If you find a a must-have product or service and you want to book it immediately… you’ll need to have some form of payment with you…..and not everyone takes plastic at the show.
A lot of first-rate services such as photographers, florists, and venues book quickly, so you may want to reserve their services with a down payment/deposit at the show. Some vendors also offer “show discounts”  if you book with them while at the bridal show.

Most Important Tip
Now that you have all the information on how to attend a show….  the most important advice I can give you is to have fun!  Planning a wedding can be stressful enough.  Don’t turn the show into a miserable experience.

The bridal show was designed to not only be a great way for you to gather all the information you need under one roof…..but to be fun as well.    So enjoy your day at the bridal show!  Taste the cake samples, the mini quiches over at “XYZ” catering and learn a new line dance with one of the DJ’s.  You’ll be glad you did.

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The makings of my bridal show booth / {Boise Wedding Photographer}

The past four years I have participated in the biggest wedding show in the Treasure Valley …. The Wedding Party Show.  A little over a 100 vendors come together to offer couples a one stop shop for all of their wedding needs.

In past years I’ve shown photos of my completed space but this year I thought it might be fun to show you what really goes into the production of getting ready for the show.

My husband and I walk into a space like this.  
I’m given a 10′ x 10′ space to work with and just a few tables.
Once we’ve found my specific space, our first order of business is to unload the truck.    Everything is thrown into a pile in the center of the space.
STEP 1 & 2.
Get the rug down & the walls up.
Alright … now it’s starting to look like something respectable.


 Finally, I space I can call my own!
I really enjoyed talking to all the brides, grooms, and their friends and family this year. Many beautiful couples are about to embark on a wonderful journey. I hope I can help document those early blissful moments for your children and grandchildren to view in the years to come.

2011 Wedding Party Show / Boise Wedding Photographer

This past weekend I once again participated in The Wedding Party Show.  I had a great time as usual and visited with many happy couples.  Both Saturday and Sunday were extremely busy.  I’m told we had over 1000 brides come through the doors through out the course of the weekend.  The largest attendance our show has had in 32 years.
I have to give a big thanks out to two people.  First, my husband for helping me set up and tear down the show.  Without his help every year my little space in the show just wouldn’t be what it is.   Second a big thanks to my friend Miranda who came down to the show once again to help me out.  She spent two long days working by my side talking to anyone who came through the booth.  Thanks so much guys!  I could not have done this without your help.

It’s that time of year again / Boise portrait photographer

I can’t believe it.  Another year has come and gone and it is once again almost time for the annual Wedding Party Show. Every year the show gets bigger and better and I have to admit I’m just as excited about this show as I was my very first solo show 3 years ago.  I love my job and couldn’t have asked for anything more.  
Big thanks go out to my mom and sister.  Mom, thanks for all those years of gentle encouragement.  Without your gentle nudges I may not have ended up pursuing photography as much as I did.  Becky, you were always a wonderful model when I needed someone to practice on.  You were always so obliging to pose in any way I liked.  Without the two of you, I wouldn’t be who I am today.


 

2010 Wedding Party Show / Boise Wedding Photographer

Well it’s been a little over 2 weeks and I’m finally getting around to posting these images. I have been extremely busy meeting couples I met at the bridal show but that’s not the real reason they didn’t get posted sooner. The truth is, I’m a lot like the mechanic who never works on their own car. I take pictures of family & friends all the time. I back them up to the computer and tell myself I’ll deal with them tomorrow, because today I need to get “this/that” done for a client. Well of course almost every personal image I take sits and sits until someone such as my Mother starts to give me a hard time. So here you go Mom, they’re finally posted. Better late then never, right?


My husband is still really proud (1 year later) of his construction work on this wall display.
He came up with a brilliant idea on how to make it portable, lightweight & reusable.

Big Thanks go out to my father in law for making such beautiful oak furniture.
I love each piece so much I decided to incorporate them into my space.

The engagement giveaway table

Album display table

Bridal Show Pictures

This past weekend I participated as a vendor in “The Wedding Party Show”. Although I have helped others out at bridal shows in the past this was my very first bridal show with my own business. I absolutely loved every minute of it. Saturday was extremely busy and I have give a huge Thank-You to my two friends who were gracious enough to come down to the show and help me out. Thanks a million Kris & Miranda, I could not have done this without you!

I am also extremely appreciative of the love and support from my husband. Not only did he let me bounce ideas off of him for months, he found a way to make my vision work. I have no doubts that without him this booth would never have happened.


Extended Bridal Fair Specials

Wow……this weekend was a whirlwind. I had a great time at the bridal show and really enjoyed meeting all the happy brides who are just getting started with their wedding planning. I thank all of you for stopping in and seeing what I have to offer.

For everyone who did stop in I just wanted to let you know I have extended the show specials out one more day. You have until tomorrow (1-12-09) to get in touch with me and take advantage of the special offer. When you call please make sure to mention you met me at the wedding party show.

Bridal Show Specials / Boise Wedding Photographer

The Wedding Party Show is being held January 10th and 11th at the Boise Centre on the Grove. If you are a loyal reader to this blog you already know how excited I am to be participating. With the help of my husband I’ve designed an awesome space and I can’t wait to meet everyone who comes to the show.

If you are planning on attending I welcome you to stop in and look through all of my display materials. I promise you’ll love what you see.

The most important thing to do while your at the show: Ask about the great bridal show specials I have for this weekend only.

My first Bridal Show / Boise Wedding Photographer

I can’t believe January is already here! I’m so excited to be a part of the 2009 Wedding Party Show”.

It was a great honor to be chosen as the newest addition to the show. In fact when I got the call letting me know I had been chosen I was jumping up and down and had a grin from ear to ear. I may have even done a dance or two.

I’ve had bridal fair on the brain so much the last few months that I honestly think my family and friends will be happy when its over. You see…..when I’m really excited about something I tend to talk about the subject alot. My poor husband. I think he is so over it.

I invite all my readers to come down to the show. I’ll have examples of all the products I offer on hand, plus you get to meet me!

Hope to see you at the show!