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Pampered Chef: Booths My first Bridal fair

  1. pcheflil

    pcheflil Gold Member

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    The Bridal Fair I did was my first. It was chuch sponsored. They offered different packages. The lowest (which I took) was $100 for a table and if I donated a doorprize (which I did) they would knock off $25. So I only paid $75. That's the only way I was able to do this fair. The other packages were too pricey. They gave every registered bride a goodie bag which included a booklet with all the vendors info. I stood by my table, gave out recipe cards and promoted our wedding registry. I tried to get brides to fill out a wedding registry form so I could register them myself and only two gave me their info. I failed to check the info with them present so when I got home and tried to register them. I was missing info. I tried to contact them but no response. I learned for next time to make sure I have all the info I need on the form. It was fun and I got to network with different vendors. Check your local bridal shops, floral shops, churches. Hope this helps.

    Lillian Baker
    Vineland NJ
    Independent Consultant #389077
    "Changing lives one kitchen at a time"
     
    Jun 20, 2009
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  2. Judybabe

    Judybabe Guest

    After the bridal fair was over did the sponsors give you a list of brides who registered? At all the bridal shows I've been a part of, (a past bridal shop owner) I got a list of hundreds of brides after the show. it gave a wedding date, fiance's name, and a list of other answers.

    Some people tried to have a drawing at their table as well as participating in the group drawings. but it really takes away from communicating with people and they are a suspicious lot and don't like to fill out additional info.

    In the 'goodie bag' that is given out was my full brochure with coupons and specials listed. I did hand out mini sewing kits with my name on them to brides as they came by.

    Bridal shows are different. Brides are there for the drawings. Perhaps remind them of a need they forgot about and to be treated like a queen for a day, we always gave the registered bride a white button that said 'Im the bride!"

    Now that I'm involved with Pampered Chef, if IF I do a bridal show, I would put a mini catalog with specials in the bag. ONLY do the group drawing and nothing too big. And hand out bookmarks or Recipe cards with a Bridal registry format.

    Just my 2 cents from the bridal angle.:rolleyes:
     
    Jul 12, 2009
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  3. pcheflil

    pcheflil Gold Member

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    Thanks for the tips Judybabe, much appreciated! This fair was in May and finally last week I received the brides list. I noticed some of the brides got married already in June. I do want to send a letter or email to all thanking them for stopping by my booth and to remind them of the bridal registry and other services we offer. Do you or anyone else on this site have such a letter? I would appreciate all the help I can get.
    Lillian Baker
    Vineland NJ
    Independent Consultant #389077
    "Changing lives one kitchen at a time"
     
    Jul 22, 2009
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  4. Judybabe

    Judybabe Guest

    the letter is a good idea, and do it quickly. include a time sensitive coupon or special.

    remember that most of the vendors at the show do the same. sending out letters. keep it short. even a postcard works great.

    keep the brides list and send postcards once every three months to those who are not getting married to next year or later this fall. If the bride wants a PC shower, she will suggest it to a friend.

    another note. If you do another bridal fair in the future. make sure you are the only PC rep there. geez the last bridal show I did, there were three PC's, 3 MK's, a pots and pans guy and many, many other direct sales companies like avon. The sponsors are taking advantage of a captive audience. All that does is tick off the brides, and make us all look like fools.

    You can ask questions, How many PC'ers will you allow? who else is going to be there, who were the vendors last year? can I see the vendor list from last year. what specials did people offer, what door prizes did they give away.

    One gift I started seeing was a big discount off a purchase, because so many girls who wern't getting married were signing up. I would do 50% off a wedding gown. So many others gave something away and never got anything for it.

    One year we did a balloon dive. Registered brides could dive in (actually just step in and pick up balloons) a roped off area, capture balloons with prizes inside. most were items they could go to the booth and get and take right away. many, many brides had girlfriends sign up so they could also get prizes and give them to the bride. I knew this because I recognized many a bridesmaid!

    People are more savvy than they used to be, so get tough. Your goal is to get people to book a show. Whether it be a bridal fair or a county fair, we are there to sell and they are there to buy. There's no sin in profit. Give an incentive to book a show. I am giving a recipe card with two coupons on the back that I made myself. One coupon says place an order by 9/30 at a show or catalog and receive a mini serving spatula free. OR host a cooking show by the same date and receive the creative cutters set free.

    this is costly on my part, but my goal is to get started in this area. I've only been here in this community two months and have yet to give my first show. Remember only 2-5% of coupons are redeemed so if I hand out 500 coupons I should get around 10-25 bookings. that to me is pretty good odds.

    at least no bridezillas anymore!!!!

    Judy
     
    Jul 24, 2009
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