Wedding Trade Show Survival Guide for Staff

37900245Get the most out of your wedding trade show experience by creating a happy marriage of arriving prepared and ready to exhibit with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members. Booth representatives are the key to success at wedding shows. They do this by connecting products or services to customers. Optimize your exhibitor effectiveness by creating a proactive environment focused on the success of your bridal show staff. Read on to learn about bridal trade show survival tips for staff.

Pre-Show Preparation

Before going to a wedding show, be sure that all staff are trained and informed regarding the products or services of your company. Offer training sessions to practice scripts and booth management. Make a schedule containing a list of breaks and lunch times for personnel. This helps prevent fatigue and over tiredness. Ensure that everyone knows how to set-up and breakdown the booth. Establish attainable goals and offer incentives for booth representatives who meet or outperform expectations.

Essentials

Put together several boxes of trade show essentials to assist with minor emergencies that might occur throughout the event. Staff survival items include breath mints, hand sanitizer, lip balm, cough drops, herbal tea, granola bars, water bottles, eye drops, Kleenex, foot powder and pain relievers. For on the spot repairs, include a tool kit containing items such as duct tape, hammer, pliers, Velcro strips, scissors, stapler, staple remover, staples, rubber bands, box cutter, screwdriver, extension cord, glass cleaner, paper towels, thumb tacks, safety pins and stain remover. Standard first aid kits are a must-have to bring in case of small predicaments such as paper cuts, splinters or nicks.

What to Wear

Wedding shows are all day events and staying comfortable is a priority. Know what to wear in advance. Some businesses provide staff with matching uniforms or shirts; others will allow business casual attire. Always choose well-fitting comfy shoes; one small blister can cause immeasurable pain. Temperatures may fluctuate throughout the day, bring a sweater or jacket. Attend to personal hygiene, trim nails and keep hair neat.

Healthy Choices

Take care of yourself at bridal trade show events by making healthy choices. Start your day fueled up with a good breakfast. Dehydration can lead to a feeling of tiredness and may affect your performance. Keep hydrated throughout the day by bringing plenty of water or know where the water fountain is located. Follow your scheduled breaks and take the time to rest and renew. Choose healthy foods for lunch or dinner. Pay attention to positive body language and keep a smile on your face for an instant mood lifter.

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September 17, 2014 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Atlanta Wedding Cake Ideas

PIC FOR TO CAKE OR CUPCAKEGetting married in Atlanta is exciting and sharing your wedding cake with friends and family creates many joyful moments. Every couple looks for ways to make their wedding special by adding personal touches reflective of their combined style and tastes and the wedding cake is no exception. Share the sweetness at your reception with an Atlanta-baked confection of perfection. Read on for unique Atlanta wedding cake ideas.

Source Locally

Celebrate with a wedding cake containing locally grown fruits and berries. Peaches reign supreme as the sweet favorite. Great peach combinations include peaches and cream, peaches and ginger or peaches and green tea cake. Atlanta is also known for apples, pears, nectarines, figs, persimmons, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. Choose fruits or berries that are in season for maximum freshness and flavor. Ways to enhance your wedding cake include adding layers of fruits or berries filling and flavoring the frosting or cake. By sourcing locally, you help show support for local farms and Georgia businesses.

Symbolic of Georgia

Love is in the air at your Atlanta wedding. Show your love for where you live with symbols of Georgia on your wedding cake, a charming way to show home-state pride. Elegantly decorate your wedding cake with the state flower, the Cherokee rose or state wildflower, the azalea. Honor the state flag, the Georgian “stars and bars” or the civic flag of Atlanta featuring a field of blue with a yellow city seal. The state fruit is the popular peach known for its tangy sweet juiciness.

Go Team!

Share your love of the home team with an Atlanta sports theme wedding cake. Perhaps your beloved proposed to you with a scoreboard message or kiss cam spot, harken back to that moment with a sports theme wedding cake. Sports teams of Atlanta include the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Georgia State Panthers. Top your wedding cake with a topper depicting the couple wearing matching jerseys or holding pennants. Other cake topper ideas include couples playing tennis, golfing or running a marathon.

Groom Cakes

Groom’s cakes are a popular tradition of the south, originating from Victorian times. They are in addition to the wedding cake. Traditionally, the cake is flavored chocolate and garnished with nuts. Unique ideas for an Atlanta groom’s cake include a replica of Turner Stadium, the bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia, favorite hole at the Augusta National Golf Club or enjoyable pastimes such as fishing or bowling.

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September 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Original #Hashtag Ideas for Your Wedding

hashtagweddingBrides and grooms with social media savvy often seek to share photos taken on their special day via Twitter or Instagram. In an age of smart devices and computers, social networking and weddings makes a great combination for couples who want to post photos for everyone to see. Announce to the world your wedding by making your ceremony stand out from the crowd with an original hashtag. Read on for steps on how to create original hashtag ideas for your wedding.

Brainstorm

Begin brainstorming as early as possible for hashtag name ideas. Get a piece of paper and pen and start writing every idea or thought that first comes to mind. The easiest option is to go for combination of your last names followed by the word wedding. Try a mash up and blend your names together into a single word to create a fun hashtag. Use your favorite nicknames for each other and combine them for your wedding hashtag. The goal is to create an easy to remember hashtag that your guests will remember.

Bounce Around Ideas

Gather friends and family together for a meeting to bounce around and share hashtag ideas for your wedding. Make the get-together short and sweet by offering drinks and refreshments to help inspire creative minds. Provide everyone with paper and pen to write down ideas. Be open to new ideas and encourage outside-the-box thinking. Gather the ideas and vote on your favorites.

Narrow Down Prospects

After your brainstorm session with friends and family, avoid the urge to select a hashtag immediately. Wait a day or two then meet with your fiancé to make a definitive decision on your official wedding hashtag. Be sure to check your hashtag for errors or misspellings. Once your decision is made, get ready to spread the word about your wedding hashtag on everything from your save-the-date cards to wedding invitations.

Designated Wedding Tweeters

During your wedding, appoint someone to be your designated wedding tweeter poster such as a bridesmaid or groomsman. This is the person responsible for your social media presence and updates. Choose someone who is comfortable and experienced with Twitter or Instagram. Some couples hire a social media concierge consultant to cover their wedding on social media.

Final Decision

Choose a hashtag that you like and want to share with the world. Determine in advance if you want to encourage guests to post in real-time or not. Keep in mind, the final decision is yours on this wonderful memorable day.

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September 1, 2014 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations Colorado

Colorado_HoneymoonsHoneymooning in Colorado may make you feel like you are on top on the world and you very well may be in this friendly state with a thousand mountains over 10,000 feet high. Newlywed outdoor lovers will appreciate the abundance of wildlife, scenic landscapes and diverse environments. Read on to learn more about some favorite top Colorado honeymoon destinations.

The Innsbruck

Snuggle up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter night at The Innsbruck located in Aspen, Colorado nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Innsbruck offers classic ski chalet charm perfectly blended with modern resort amenities including gas fireplaces, jetted tubs, fully-equipped kitchen and luxury linens. Aspen makes a great place to honeymoon winter or summer featuring four world-class ski resorts, fabulous food, active arts and culture community, vibrant nightlife and extravagant shopping. Activities include skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and rafting.

Sonnenalp

Lovebirds will flock to Vail, Colorado for an unforgettable honeymoon at the Sonnenalp Hotel, which translates to “sun on the mountains.” The Sonnenalp Hotel sits at an elevation of 8,120 feet with the Rocky Mountains as a stunning backdrop. The hotel is well appointed featuring designer baths, gourmet kitchens, spa services, private 18-hole golf course, gas-log fireplaces and spacious bathrooms with heated floors. Vail is home to the world-class Vail Ski Resort and Vail Village offers newlyweds many fine dining and shopping choices.

The Broadmoor

Experience your honeymoon in first class luxury at The Broadmoor, located in Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor opened in 1918 and to this day continues its legacy as a 5-star all-inclusive resort offering honeymooners a multitude of indulgent amenities including a 54 championship golf course, full service spa, eight tennis courts and sumptuous in-room extras. Make time to enjoy outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, climbing or a jeep tour of Garden of the Gods.

Dunton Hot Springs

Newlyweds love the rustic charm and remote intimacy of Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, Colorado. Dunton Hot Springs is a very exclusive and all-inclusive resort offering honeymooners private log cabins and river tent camps for a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Dunton Hot Springs is a restored mining ghost town. Couples enjoy the six all-natural hot springs, perfect for long soaks and gazing into each other’s eyes. The onsite chef serves locally grown organic foods. Things to do include hot spring soaking, helicopter skiing, fly fishing, rafting, hiking, mountaineering and horseback trail riding.

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August 25, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Ranch Wedding Ideas

Ranch_weddingsGet hitched with a romantic ranch wedding, a terrific way to share your love with friends and family and experience a classic side of American culture. Whether your wedding takes place on a working ranch or all-inclusive dude ranch, a ranch wedding is a great way to pay tribute to western heritage. Read on to learn more about ranch wedding ideas.

Venues for a Ranch Wedding

Choosing a site for your ranch wedding may first appear daunting due to the immensity of land and options available. Consider hosting your ranch wedding outdoors under a large oak tree or along the expanse of a wide prairie or inside a charming rustic barn. Things to consider when choosing a location are access to bathroom facilities, guest parking and electricity. Ensure that cattle and other livestock are penned during your ceremony so as to avoid unexpected interruptions.

Ranch Attire Inspirations

Dress in traditional western attire for your wedding. For brides, options include white cowboy boots, silver and turquoise Navajo jewelry, vintage lace bridal gown, white cowboy hat, frilly petticoats or white handkerchief skirt with fringe. For grooms, consider wearing a cowboy hat, western shirt, cowboy boots, cowboy-cut pants, western belt and buckle, suspenders, bolo tie, leather vest, western-cut blazer and jeans if formality allows.

Authentic Ranch Food

Rustle up authentic ranch food for your ranch wedding reception menu. Classic cowboy cookout ideas include the all-time favorite barbecue brisket, ribs or chicken. For appetizers, consider adding a dash of south-of-the-border delights with quesadillas, taquitos corn tortilla chips with chili con queso, guacamole or salsa for dipping. Traditional western side dishes include potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans Serve vittles from a genuine chuck wagon and ring a classic triangle dinner calling bell when time to east. Serve fun ranch-inspired libations such as sarsaparilla, sweet tea or lemonade.

Ranch-Inspired Decorations

Have fun with ranch-inspired decorations for your wedding. For centerpieces, display wildflowers or large sunflowers in mason jars or metallic milk buckets. At your wedding reception, use natural fiber burlap, colorful calico or cotton gingham tablecloths. Place table settings inside mason jars with colorful western-print handkerchiefs. Hang intertwined horse shoes above doors; be sure they are facing upwards so your luck will not spill out.

Traditional Dances

Share your first dance with your sweetheart by performing traditional Old West-inspired dances. Popular choices for a first dance include the two-step, waltz or polka. Get your wedding guests on the floor with fun line dances such as the Electric Slide, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Copperhead Road, Macarena or Cupid Shuffle. Ranch wedding dances are not complete without including the Cotton-eyed Joe, Chicken Dance or Hokey Pokey.

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August 22, 2014 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Unplug Your Wedding

Phone-01-782013Your wedding day is special and nothing may be more irritating than a cell phone ringing loudly and interrupting the ceremony during your exchange of vows. Due to the popularity of cell phones and cameras, many couples are increasingly requesting guests to turn off phones and cameras during ceremonies. This trend is called ‘unplugging’, a chance to share the joy of silence and solemnity during your ceremony and occasionally extended into the reception. Read on to learn more about how to unplug your wedding.

Inform Guests Before the Wedding

Communicate to your wedding guests as early as possible that your wedding is ‘unplugged”. Place a note in your wedding invitations gently asking guests to refrain from the use of electronics during your ceremony. By starting early and asking guests to be “nice and turn off their device”, this will go a long way in helping to prevent unpleasant surprises during your ceremony.

Unplug Plan For Your Wedding Day

Spread the word about your unplugged wedding. By talking about it at every chance you get will help create enthusiasm for unplugging your wedding. Stay positive and enthusiastic, let your friends and family know that you want to turn around after exchanging vows and see their faces not their devices. Opportunities to share your unplug wedding plan includes wedding showers, casual get-togethers and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

During the Ceremony

Take a proactive approach to requesting guests to refrain from electronic device use during your ceremony. Place a small sign at the entrance of your venue kindly requesting guests to leave devices in their vehicles or to turn off and put out of sight. Include a note inside your wedding program announcing your request to unplug devices. Request your officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony to turn off all electronic devices and cameras. Have your ushers remind guests as they are escorted to seats. Ask one or two ushers to be in-charge of assisting with device patrol during the ceremony to gently remind wedding guests who forgot that electronic devices are not allowed during the ceremony.

Involve Guests

Unplugging your wedding guests leaves many hands free. Put that great energy to use and actively involve friends and family with your special day’s events. Provide your guests with candle-cups to hold or battery operated tea lights to grasp as they surround you and your beloved during your first dance to create a ring-of-fire. Provide your guests with small favor bags of birdseed or rose petals to toss as your depart your wedding reception.

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August 18, 2014 at 8:47 am 1 comment

New England Wedding Reception Menu Ideas

IMG_7870Love is in the air at your New England wedding. From the coastal regions to lush forests, the New England region is comprised of six states: Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. Featuring a rich history and foods that proffer a permanent place in American cuisine, a New England menu will delight your guests. Draw upon inspiration for your wedding reception menu by incorporating traditional New England foods. Read on about New England wedding reception menu ideas.

Soups and Stews

Start your wedding menu with a classic New England savory soup or stew course. The most famous of all New England soups is clam chowder a cream-based concoction consisting of clams, broth and diced potatoes. Many variations of clam chowder exist in New England; choose the recipe you like best. Serve a delicious ham and potato soup infused with fresh herbs and local seasonings. For winter weddings, consider adding a hardy simmering beef stew to warm the appetite of your guests.

Main Course

Selecting a main course is easy in New England with so many great choices to choose especially when it comes to seafood. The most popular may be Maine lobster, considered a delicacy around the world. Lobster is commonly served boiled or baked. Fish makes a great main course; New England varieties include cod, Atlantic salmon and sole. For a casual beach wedding, host a clambake or serve lobster rolls. Enjoy crab, shrimp, oysters and scallops as well.

Seasonal Fruits and Berries

Enhance your wedding reception menu with the addition of fresh seasonal fruits and berries. The growing season is shorter in New England than other areas but the harvest is sweet. Share the bounty of New England including apples, pears, cherries and peaches. Popular berries include the eponymous cranberry, great as a sauce or relish. Blueberries are delicious freshly picked or baked in a pie.

Comfort Foods

Make your wedding guests feel comfortable by serving New England-style comfort foods. Treat your guests to Boston baked beans slowly simmered in a sauce of composed of bacon, molasses and herbs. If you are having a morning wedding, consider a breakfast menu and include pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup. Complement your wedding cake with a New England comfort food favorite, ice cream. Unique flavors include old-fashioned brown sugar, black raspberry and cranberry sherbet.

Drinks

Celebrate your wedding by serving libations brewed in New England. Popular craft breweries include Sam Adams, Harpoon Brewery and Cambridge Brewery Company. Create a signature cocktail that use a splash of cranberry juice

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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August 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

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