Ask anyone who’s ever been to a wedding expo and they’ll tell you that sometimes they can be so huge and overwhelming, it’s hard to know where to start.

A good wedding expo is full of great information to help you plan for your big day, lots of different wedding vendors to meet and wedding professionals sharing their expertise.

Depending on the expo you go to, there can be hundreds of stands and you might not even know where to begin! Here are some tips to make the most of your wedding expo experience:

1.  Research

Before you attend the expo, research the vendors who will be participating ahead of time to make sure it’s worth your while attending.  If there are aspects of your wedding you know you still need to book, this can be a great way to meet multiple vendors on the same day and narrow down your search and hopefully even book one in.  Some vendors offer specials and discounts if you book them on the day of the expo, so make sure you check those out.

2. Don’t go it alone

Take your groom if he’s up for it, or your mum, or your bridesmaids and they can help you scope things out. You can even split up and meet back up again later to compare notes.

3. Get inspired

Many vendors will set up eye-catching displays in the hopes of attracting you to do business with them… and many will use design elements that you can use in your own wedding.  Take photos on y our phone of displays like flowers, cakes, dresses, table settings and so on so you can remember them after the day.

4. Don’t miss the fashion show

Many expos will run a fashion show with wedding gowns, grooms attire and bridesmaids dresses on the catwalk. They could be at several times through the day, or there might just be one fashion show. Find out when it’s on so you don’t miss out if you attend too early or too late.

5.  Try to go once you’ve got a date set

It can be really tempting to go along to gather inspo and intel while you work out what sort of wedding you might like and when you might like it, but you’ll get more out of the wedding expo if you’ve got a date already. For example you’ll miss out on competitions and discounts and specials that are available only on the day of the expo because you don’t have a date to book in.

6. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to go armed with a list of questions that you want to ask so you don’t forget anything. It’s okay to take notes too!

Top image: Flickr/Brett Arthur Donar