As an event planner, it's part of my job to spend time networking with couples that are planning their wedding and bridal fairs can be an excellent way to do this. I'm a big fan of smaller bridal shows where I get to really spend time getting to know couples, hearing their stories and learning more about where they are in the wedding planning process.
This past weekend on February 28, 2016 I was a vendor at The Bride Guide to West Chester's 2016 Bridal Show which was held at the Chester County Historical Society. I was able to connect with quite a few couples, and got to catch up with a lot of my friends who are in the industry that were also exhibiting at the show.
I shared a table with the American Helicopter Museum (based in West Chester, PA) and got to sample tasty treats from local caterers and restaurants. We had beautiful weather for the event, and there was still plenty of day left over to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
In general, I think that it's super important to network even if you aren't a business-owner. Why?
1. New Friendships
Believe it or not, I've met some really wonderful people just by attending a business happy hour or lecture. It's easy to strike up conversation at these events, because you already have something in common.
Piggybacking on the friendship, you can meet people who might already have dealt with situations that you're going through who are willing to share their advice, tips and tricks.
3. Attend Events Outside of Your Comfort Zone
I've found that this is actually the best way to meet genuinely interesting people. When we attend business or industry events, we run into the same circles. I do a lot of volunteering with the local history community and I meet some of the most fascinating people at those lectures. You never know who you'll run into!