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Surviving Bridal Show Season Jan 01
Come visit my booth!

Come visit my booth!

Experts in the wedding industry tell us that December is one of the busiest months for engagements over the Christmas holidays, thus prompting the bridal show frenzy that begins in early January and continues through the spring, and begins again in early fall. Having participated in hundreds of bridal shows as a vendor, and attending several shows with my son and his fiancé while planning their wedding, these are a few tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you survive attending bridal shows in your local market.

* Watch for local advertising  on the radio, local newspaper or wedding vendors for ticket discounts for purchasing your tickets in advance, also purchasing your tickets in advance sometimes will also pre-register you for prizes.

* Before you go I would suggest that you come up with a unique wedding  email such as and then print sheets of return address labels- this will save you valuable time not having to print your name, address and phone number for each booth you visit as most of them will have a giveaway of some sort.

* If possible, take a friend or two with you to help carry all the collateral you will pickup along the way from vendors, bridal shows can be loud and busy so having another set of eyes and ears will help you to recall what vendors you were really drawn to. Most bridal shows give you a bag with registration, but I would suggest you take a large strong bag with you to carry everything in just in case.

Classic Bride and Formals "Great Bridal Store in      Charlote area "

Classic Bride and Formals
“Great Bridal Store in Charlotte area “

*Have a plan and think about your top priorities for vendors- Is your priority finding the perfect wedding dress, venue, wedding cake or Honeymoon? When you first arrive to the bridal show and check in, you will be given a list of vendors-take the time to find the location of your top priority vendors, visit them first before they give away their information or their booth gets crowded and you will not be able to have a quality conversation with them.

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, come visit me at the Carolina Bridal Fair  at the Cabarrus Arena on January 17,2016- I will be in booths 503-504-lots of other great vendors such as Classic Bride and Formals, Nona’s Sweets and Bakery (seen on Platinum Weddings) and Erin Padgett Events will be there as well. I would love to talk with you about planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. Not finding any local bridal shows in your area or a vendor that you are connecting with? I have clients from around the world and would love the opportunity to assist you.

Contact: Linda Dancer via Email or by phone Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331


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Avoiding Disappointment at Check In Jul 25

As a professional travel consultant that specializes in planning Destination Weddings, Honeymoons and milestone anniversary trips for my clients, one of my main focuses is trying to talk to my clients to determine the experience they are looking for, and then offer suggestions to help them avoid disappointment at check in. One main focus of our planning is the hotel or resort room that the client will choose – far too often clients will say that  “Oh the room does not matter, we will not be in the room that much anyway ” but I beg to differ that most often, when that door is opened and you view the room for the first time that could determine the tone for the entire vacation, and sadly, sometimes there is no recovering from that first impression.

1.   View does not Matter ? I believe that it is human nature to have a better first impression if you open your door to a garden or beach view than the top of air condition units – such as these photos from some of my personal check in experiences. Obviously budget does play a part in the room chosen, these are some helpful tips to avoid being disappointed.

2.    Work with a specialist –  I spend a great deal of time going to visit my preferred resorts in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean – from my site inspections I can determine which room categories to suggest to clients with something special in mind or which rooms to avoid that would definitely give a bad first impression.

3.   Cut one night off your length of stay if having a view of the beach is the most important criteria for you but not in your budget then consider a 6 night stay instead of 7 nights.

4.   Be flexible with your dates of travel – promotions are often offered by hotels and resorts / sometimes by altering travel dates by just a day or two a better promotion might be available that would allow you to get the room of your dreams within the budget you are comfortable with, again working with a specialist he or she will know the latest promotions available at various resorts at the destination of your choice.

5.   Be realistic with your budget from the beginning  if you are looking for a Five Star Experience – a full service resort with top of the line room finishes such as granite counter tops, amazing bathroom – is your vision with an amazing tub and separate shower, his and her vessel sinks , full service spa and large resort swimming pools – then settling for a Two Star budget resort is setting you for certain disappointment at check in.

6.   Stop looking  after you make a decision– don’t second guess yourself-continuing to do research after you have made a decision and booked. So many clients spend so much time online doing research, after awhile everything runs together. If you have worked with a specialist they will have helped guide you through all the options that met your criteria to help you make the best informed decision for you.

Unfortunately no matter how much effort is put booking the perfect vacation, something unforeseen can always happen such as ants in tropical destinations, so always contact the front desk and ask for the manager to get the situation taken care of – the entire team at the resort wants your expectations to be exceeded.

Need some help planning your next romantic getaway?

Contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331



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