{Guest Post} Are You Ready to Attend a Bridal Fair?

We hope that a few of our readers attended The Perfect Wedding Guide’s “What to Expect at a Bridal Show” Google Hangout this afternoon! Susan Southerland had some great tips for brides new to navigating bridal shows.

In addition to Susan’s tips, Ashley Kerns has provided us with her Bridal Fair Tips from a local bride point of view. Ashley Kerns is the Marketing Manager of Suits Unlimited as well as a newlywed herself. Here are her words of wisdom when it comes to preparing to attend your first bridal show:

Are you Ready to Attend a Bridal Fair?

If you’re like many brides you are scheduled to head to a few different expos or shows this season.  These shows are created to help brides find the right fit to make their big day absolutely amazing.  However, going to these shows can seem overwhelming. Make sure you’re prepared to take in all of what the vendors want to present to you.

Here are some handy tips in making your bridal show experience less chaotic:

Create a Wedding Email:

  •  This one is free! With the bazillion free emails accounts out there, create one just for the wedding.  For example: if Jane is getting married to John Smith then make the email thesmithwedding@email.com.
  • Once they get your info, wedding vendors email you…..sometimes a lot.  Don’t let this fill up your personal inbox with emails from vendors you just saw once at a bridal show. Start an email account just for wedding stuff.
  • When a vendor wants to send you an invoice or logistic info about the big day, it’s better to go here than to get mixed up with your regular mail.
  • You can even have guests use this email to RSVP for your wedding, if you want to do it that way.

Make Labels:

  • Cost is about $10 or less depending on what stickers you use at your local office supply store. Instead of bending over and filling out your info over and over again at every single booth you’re interested in, stick a label with your basic info on it and move on. You won’t be spending forever at one booth trying to juggle a cake sample and pen in one hand and 10 brochures in another. Basic info to put on your labels:                                                                                                                                                                      Bride’s First and Last Name

Groom’s First Name and Last Name

Wedding Date

Wedding Email

Address, if you so wish

Best phone number, if you so wish

  •  I say “if you so wish” because you don’t have to put all this info, but vendors do need a way to contact you. Whether you only want email communication, phone, snail mail, or all three

 Take a Decent Sized Tote Bag:

  •  (I prefer over the shoulder) Cost is a few bucks or free if you have one hiding in your closet or the trunk of your car.
  • You are going to get a ton of info and freebies when you go to a bridal show. In many cases they will give you a bag at the door, but if it’s too small, or you don’t get one at all, you will be happy you grabbed this hands free option.

Bring some Company

  •  Put your Maid of Honor to work! Bring her along, if you get tied up talking to a vendor, she can go around and at least enter you for contests or grab you and herself some yummy samples. Also, you guys will have fun winning some stuff!
  • Moms are great company too! Plus, salons and spas usually have great give-a-ways or packages just for the Mother of the Bride.  You will be happy you both shared this experience together.
  • Take the groom (if you can drag him with you). Sometimes it’s worth their while because there are giveaways just for him! If he gets bored, many wedding shows have a grooms room or area where he can grab a beer and watch a game on TV.

Bring a Camera

  •  This one should be easy; most cameras double as our cell phones!
  • Vendors bring some of their very best displays to a bridal show, if you like something – take a picture.
  • Take pictures at the fashion shows. Wedding gown and tuxedo vendors will be showcasing their hottest trends and you may want to document some looks.

Hopefully this helps going to a bridal fair a much more enjoyable experience.  Sifting through information will be easier and ideas can be captured and not forgotten.  Congratulations on your engagement, and happy wedding planning!

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Guest Post written by Ashley Kerns, Marketing Manger of Suits Unlimited. Suits Unlimited is a family owned men’s wear store that has been in business in Albuquerque for 43 years. Suits Unlimited provides suit and tuxedo rentals and unparalleled customer service for weddings and any other special occasion. 

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Ashley Kerns, Marketing Manager

Suits Unlimited

(505) 883-1060

5406 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

For our calendar of upcoming Bridal Shows, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide. 

Wedding Tuxedo Trend Talk with Suits Unlimited

The Perfect Wedding Guide recently sat down with Suits Unlimited’s Marketing Manager Ashley Kerns to get the scoop on wedding tuxedo and suit trends for 2014. Ashley also had some great words of wisdom for our brides and grooms who are just starting to think about what the guys are going to be wearing during the wedding.

Perfect Wedding Guide: What are the big tuxedo and suit trends for 2014 going to be?

Suits Unlimited: The biggest suit trend we have seen is the navy or slate blue tuxedo.  Grey suits and tuxedos have made a huge comeback and are still at the top of grooms fashions.  However, for brides looking breaking away from the grey now have this new blue tuxedo option to love on their grooms.  Also, camo is actually making a splash in wedding trends.  We have the perfect camouflage tuxedo and a few camo vest and tie options for the more outdoorsy couple.  A black tuxedo will always be the classic choice and there are so many styles to choose from.

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Navy tuxedos and suits are going to be a huge 2014 wedding trend.
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Camo Tuxedo Photo Credit: Suits Unlimited
Camo Tuxedo
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Photo Credit: Suits Unlimited
Grey tuxedos and suits are making a come-back!
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PWG: Why would you suggest renting or buying tuxes and suits from a local store as opposed to a national chain?

Suits Unlimited: The service would have to be the number one reason to not shop at a national chain.  At Suits Unlimited, we are with a bride and groom every step of the rental process, from the time they book with us to the time they pick up their rentals a few days before their event.  We can also guarantee a perfect fit before they wear their garments on the wedding day.  We have tailors on staff that change a hem quickly or sew a button in a few moments.  We try to go above and beyond when making sure a couple is satisfied with their garments.

PWG: How many years has Suits Unlimited been in business?

Suits Unlimited: Suits Unlimited has been in business for 43 years. We were first and formally known as Mr. Casual since 1971, but changed our name to Suits Unlimited in late 1990’s because our product mix in our menswear started to move more toward suits and tuxedos versus casual menswear.

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PWG: What services do you provide to grooms that really sets Suits Unlimited apart?

Suits Unlimited: We have great offers for them to utilize at our store.  If they have 6 or more people renting full ensembles for their wedding, the groom’s rental is free and also we send him a gift certificate for a free suit after the wedding!

We also offer services like custom menswear.  If a groom is looking for an absolutely custom look he can use our custom clothing services.  He can pick everything from the fabric, fit, type of buttons, and even silkscreen whatever image he’d like into the lining of the jacket.

We also sell suits and menswear so if he would like to just purchase his wedding day garments we can tailor and make sure he has that perfect fit, even in as little as a day.

Last but not least, we have our own shoe shine services.  If a groom wants to shine his shoes before the big day he can visit our shoe shine stand Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm or use our drop off services in the off hours.

PWG: What are some words of wisdom or tips that you have for brides and grooms just starting to think about their tuxes and suits?

Suits Unlimited:

  1. The groom and his groomsmen aren’t the only ones renting tuxes these days, so are the fathers, the ushers, ring bearers and more. Don’t forget to think about all who will actually need a tux for your wedding and jot down a list.
  2. Tuxedos are not what they used to be in the 80’s and beyond, there are no ruffled shirts, and you have plenty more options than tuxes with tails. Most tuxedos today are somewhat similar to suits.  The only difference is they have satin covered buttons and satin on the lapel and pockets.  In most cases the tux pant will also have a satin stripe down the side, where as regular dress slacks do not.
  3. Since bridesmaid dresses tend to take more time to order, it’s best to decide on colors and dresses first before coming into a formalwear store.  It helps to come in with a swatch of the dress color to best match or compliment it with the guy’s attire.  There are so many colors of vests and ties, it hard not to find a color that doesn’t work with your wedding.
  4. Consider if you would like to be more formal or more casual.  Get on sites like Pinterest.com or TheKnot.com and look at wedding photos of different couples and their wedding parties.  These are some great tools that can help you decide what you think looks best for your big day. When you have an idea in mind, go to your tux or menswear shop and the associates can help steer you in the right direction.

Brides and Grooms, if you are starting your search for the perfect tuxedos or suits for your wedding party, stop by Suits Unlimited first. Their decades of wedding attire experience and quality customer service are unparalleled in Albuquerque.

Thank you for the great advice, Ashley!

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Ashley Kerns
Marketing Manager
Suits Unlimited

Suits Unlimited

(505) 883-1060

5406 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

For everything you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

Are you Ready to Attend a Bridal Fair? by Guest blogger Ashley Kerns

It was just yesterday that we were thinking that it would be nice to feature guests on our blog from time to time. The same day (amazingly) Marketing Manager of Suits Unlimited  Ashley Kerns wrote us about an article she put together for brides to be more prepared and feel “less overloaded” when it comes to bridal shows and wedding planning in general .  It is a must read as she makes a lot of really good points- and we all know how chaotic bridal shows can be if you do not go in prepared. Thank you for your  insight Ashley!

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