My name is Tasha. I'm from Washington, DC. I have been taking my event planning courses for 2 months now. I just completed my unit B assignment for vendors and suppliers.
Can anyone help me find other ways to interact with vendors and suppliers beside searching the internet. Are there any event shows I can attend?
PS. Is there anyone from Washington DC taking the Event Planning Courses?
I'm from the DC area too (Northern VA to be more exact) and I just completed Unit A yesterday. There were a few bridal expo's in the area last month, but i believe the events reoccur in different locations. I'm not sure how much general admission tickets are because I was a vendor promoting a venue I currently work for, but it is a REALLY great chance to meet hundreds of vendors and even brides to be. A lot of young girls starting up their own wedding planning business came up to our booth and handed me their business cards and I saw them going around handing them out to other guests. But, to get an actual vendor booth I believe it costs up to $700. Check out weddingexperience.com for more info. George Mason Univ. also hosts a Patriot Center Bridal Show (which was also last month). I'm not sure when the next one is, but it is a HUGE expo. Many of these bridal shows happen in the month of January (the slowest Wedding month)..
I've also seen event planners drop cards and other informative materials off to local vendors of photographers, bakers, wedding dress boutiques, etc. or even call local venues and ask how to get onto their preferred vendors list.
Thank you for the information. I will take a look at the website.