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Do It Yourself Weddings Guide, Issue #014 -- How to Survive a Bridal Show
August 15, 2006

The Do It Yourself Weddings Guide Newsletter is written by Amber Dusick, editor of the Do It Yourself Weddings site. This issue brings you even more ideas, instructions and tips on doing everything there is to do with weddings...yourself.

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Contents of this issue of Do It Yourself Weddings Guide

  • What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings - New Articles
  • Featured Article: How to Survive a Bridal Show
  • Cool Wedding Related Site

What's New at Do It Yourself Weddings

Excellent new crafty articles with a bunch of photos to inspire you!

How to Make a Wedding Garter Instructions & Photos
Learn how to make a wedding garter with these simple instructions and photos! Do it yourself bridal garters are fun, cheap and easy to make.

More Do It Yourself Homemade Wedding Favors
Even more instructions and ideas to make your own homemade wedding favors.

Check Our Newest Articles Page for More New Articles! Our newest articles page lists all the new articles as soon as they are uploaded! Never miss a new article by simply checking this page.

Featured Article: How to Survive a Bridal Show

Think a bridal show or convention is not for a "do-it-yourselfer" like yourself? Think again! A bridal show can be fun and filled with a wealth of information and ideas. At the very least you may see things in person that you'll then want to do yourself at home. Or there may be certain things you do want to leave to the experts, like finding a caterer or a baker.

Tip #1: Don't give out your phone number unless you really want to be called by a vendor. Many will call you...and call you...and call you...

Tip #2: Set-up a separate email account to weed out spam. Get a free one from hotmail or other hosts and name it something wedding related so you remember it. Always hand this one out to potential vendors.

Tip #3: If you DO want mail to come to your house (I admit I'm a wedding catalog junkie) it is a great idea to bring along pre-printed address labels that you can just stick on vendor sign-up books or cards so you don't waste half your time writing your address over and over at several booths.

Tip #4: Decide what you want to know more about and focus on just those booths. I you really need a baker or a caterer hit all the food places and take the time to taste stuff. Bring a notebook and take notes so you keep track of which vendors you liked and your impressions. Skip the vendors that don’t apply to you and don’t let anyone corner you if you really aren’t interested, you don’t have the time!

Tip #5: Did I mention bring a notebook?! Jot down DIY ideas too!

Tip #6: Avoid the clutter! Many vendors give out freebies like pens, magnets and calendars. Really only take this stuff if you are interested in the vendor (or okay, if it is a really cool freebie)—there is no reason to add clutter to your life just because it is free.

All in all go there with an open mind but also take things with a grain of salt. The wedding industry is huge and bridal shows are a bit hectic and crazy. A lot of stuff will come off as “cookie cutter” and vendors will start to look the same. You may find a few unique gems hidden there though. Also, don’t be surprised if you see your fair share of “bridezillas” but just take it for what it is and have a good time! Oh yeah, and as my grandmother would say, "Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!"

Cool Wedding Related Site - I realize we haven't featured a "cool wedding related site" in a while and this one is one of my favorites for bridesmaid gifts. I love, love, love their personalized make-up bags and the smaller size is only $20 which is pretty thrifty--if you want to spend more you could fill it with make-up. They also have some nifty favors and even engraved jewelry that doesn't look anything like the stuff you'll find elsewhere. Course you could put engraved jewelry in the make-up bag too!

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