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Don't Drag Your Guy To A Bridal Show! Make Him Want To Go With You! Here's the Secrets To Success!

Updated on July 17, 2018
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Deborah McCoy is president of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals and is the author of bridal-reference books.


Grooms Hate Bridal Shows! No Wonder They Won't Go!

Your getting married and wedding planning is occupying your thoughts 24/7. But for some reason, it's not occupying his (to that extent). Trust me, there's nothing to worry about; that's normal. But there are things that you can do to make weddings and their planning more interesting for him--and easier for you.

Naturally, you'd like your groom-to-be to attend at least one bridal show/event, even if he's throwing tantrums at the very thought of it and that makes perfect sense. After all, a wedding is life-altering event that both of you are going to share and your joint input is critical.

There's only one mitigating factor: Grooms hate bridal shows! For that reason, I'm going to give you an easy guide to entice your reluctant fiancé to attend a wedding event, show or expo with you, happily!

Get Your Groom To Go To The Bridal Show/Event, Happily!

Here's the secrets bride-to-be:

* Appeal to his "practical" side: If you're paying for your own wedding, remind him it's his hard-earned dollars that are on the line and you need his input. In fact, he needs to be a part of the wedding-planning process. After all, who needs to hear on their wedding day, "YOU hired that D.J. for our reception? You've got to be kidding!" (Make a joke about it!)

* Appeal to his "technical" side: Men are interested in wedding vendors that use technology to provide their wedding goods and services, for example, photographers and videographers, also bands and D.J.s. Visit these vendors first. Get him involved!

* Don't take the "hens": Don't expect your groom-to-be to tag along if your mom, maid of honor, and bridal party are in the mix. Stay focused on him and make the bridal expo/show enjoyable for you both. (Make it a date! Go out for lunch beforehand or dinner afterward.)

* Avoid "girly" stuff: The last thing a future groom wants to see at a bridal show is lingerie, invitations and favors. (Visit these bridal vendors later, on your own time.)


And You Thought the Way to His Heart Was Through His Stomach? Think Again...

Yes, it's important that your guy is not traipsing through a bridal show on an empty stomach, which would not make him happy. So go out for lunch and a beer or a glass of wine beforehand.

But there's more to keeping him happy at the show. Keep him comfortable! Nothing can make a man more miserable at a bridal show/expo than if he's too warm or his feet hurt. Make sure he's in a short-sleeved shirt and has comfortable shoes on his feet-and take along the bottled water.

You're on your way to happiness!

Deb's Advice... Guarantee Your Success!

* Research available bridal shows/expos online before attending. Make sure the vendors/venues that will interest him are appearing at the show.

* Make a list of what you need to accomplish at the wedding show/event and discuss it with your fiancé ahead of time so that he knows what to expect.

* To avoid standing in long lines to gain entrance to a bridal show/event, which will no doubt aggravate your groom-to-be, register and pay for tickets online ahead of time. (It will also save you money.)

(c) 2018, Deborah McCoy, AAWP. All rights reserved.


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