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first wedding show: what we learned

January 31, 2018

Hello everyone! Been a while, I know. I'm not sure how to do this blog thing very well, its been tricky trying to think of content. (I do a lot of crafts, but I forget to take pictures a lot of the time and then I forget about the craft all together...yeah so I am trying to get better at that!)


Over the weekend, you might have seen on Facebook or Instagram (made an insta for my blog @emyloucrafts!) that I was at a wedding show! It was spur of the moment, just saw it on Facebook, called them up, and asked if they could fit my booth in. Luckily they could! (for relatively cheap, too. Did you know that trying to have a booth at a craft/wedding show costs like hundreds of dollars, even thousands at a few?! Just to try to sell your stuff, you don't even know if you'll have a profit!)


Anyway, it was at Hawk's View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Not too far from my house and a very nice, cozy place. They were expecting at least 100 brides and another 400-500 people (not sure if they made that many, but there were a lot of people walking around looking at my stuff). It was a great experience, especially because so many people thought I was a bride (isn't that a scary, I don't feel old enough to be a bride!) and they gave me a bunch of samples, mostly cake. So much cake. Meeting so many brides and their families was fun, too. Only a couple fiancés, some were in to it, others were like "done yet?!" Some brides get a little...meh, not gonna lie. But most were sweet and interested in what I was doing. 


We (as in, my mom, dad and me) got there around 9:30 to set up the booth for an 11am start. I watched some people walk in with furniture, giant backdrops, and crazy decorations and I thought, "ugh, my booth is going to look so amateur." But then I remembered that my mom and I are pretty good and setting things up & decorating, and my booth looked pretty dang cute! 





The emy•lou banner was made on my Cricut (the new one I got for Christmas--in love!). The rosette/fans, are from Hobby Lobby & Target. Then everything else is a mix of Hobby Lobby, Target, Michael's, my apartment and Hobby Lobby again because its my favorite.


Over Christmas Break, I printed out little flyers to hand out to local bridal stores to put on display, since mostly what I sell is for weddings. When I went back to school, I did the same. One bridal store offered me an opportunity to have a display over a weekend (still trying to figure that out) which sent me on a tizzy to order signage and business cards. Luckily, my business cards came in and then I came across the show at Hawk's View, so I already had flyers and cards ready to go. I passed out a TON, so I am hoping brides that didn't order with me on Sunday will relook at the flyers down the road. But I did have some orders on Sunday, so that is great!


In love with my business cards. I designed them myself and got the little tray at Hobby Lobby. The bow on the back was so worth the extra I had to pay for double-sided printing.





What We Learned:


• Brides start early. Brides are here months, even years ahead of their wedding! Some don't even have venues picked out so they don't know if the styl