There’s bridal shows and then there’s a WedLuxe bridal show. Dripping with opulent decor, beautiful gowns, bespoke suits—and the flowers. Oh, the flowers.
I volunteered to help out with the show, hoping to learn more about the wedding and events industry and I got that and so much more out of the experience. I met incredible people who are so passionate about creating events that fit every dream and whimsy a bride (or groom, no judging) could dream of. I learned about better ways to communicate with teammates, how to eat a meal in under ten minutes, what to have on-hand at all times, I also took home some blisters, and many cuts from rose thorns. All of it entirely worth it.
Like the magazine the WedLuxe show is all about big style and theatrical elements. The entire venue was a glowing affair of tulle, blossoms, and crystals. Also the media night had a heck of a lot of good shoes going on (Louboutin city).
Here’s a few lessons I learned over the past four days of volunteering with some wonderful people.
Do not offer to volunteer at these shows if you’re afraid of hard work, and I mean HARD.
I have never worked so hard in my entire life. Heavy-lifting, constant running around, lots of customer service, on-the-fly problem solving, climbing, you name it. The four days of volunteering were like working Black Friday and Boxing Day back-to-back then going out dancing in stiletto heels, followed by leg day at the gym. The pace is intense but super rewarding. You get to see what your team’s efforts helps create and that’s an incredible feeling. If you just want to network or look at the pretty backdrops buy a ticket and avoid yourself some sore feet.
Prepare for everything.
I started carrying enough weird supplies to make Mary Poppins jealous and we used every single one. These items included:
- Hand sanitizer
- Box cutters
- Allergy medication
- Extra pens
- Sneakers (only for pre-open to the public times)
Get everyone’s contact info.
I miss everyone already. Four days glued together and accomplishing difficult tasks makes for quick bonding and new friendships. Plus you never know who you might want to work with in the future.
Learn your strengths and weaknesses.
And let your supervisors and teammates know. I’m good at problem-solving, hustling, communicating. I’m terrible at numbers and remembering times unless I write them down. Thank goodness for iPhone alarms.
Take some photos.
I won’t lie I didn’t take that many photos. I was too busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off, but my team finally kicked me out of our area to go and walk-around and take photos. But the results are incredible, you’re going to want a few.
BRING A BIG TOTE BAG
Sometimes you get to take stuff home. See my flower and cupcake haul below.