Yesterday was the Rocked Bridal show put on by Portland Bride and Groom Magazine. It was a great show and a good turnout, which was super considering there were 2 other bridal shows going on as well. There were a lot of florist this year. Last year I was in the ballroom, so all the floral decor in the ballroom was done by me. I decided that this year I just wanted to do a table(no booths at this show), less stress and a variable of other reasons is why. Here is where bridal show 101 starts to come into play. #1.) how do you show who you are and what your about with one 6 foot table? Hard right? Yes it is, but I had a plan and I was going to stick to it. I went for a anthropology-ish vintage vibe. I wanted to keep it simple, but with a touch of rustic fun. Here is how my table ended up.
When I was done setting up my table, I walked around to see what other florist had done with their displays. As I walked around, I thought, yikes, maybe I should have done more? Really gone big. I was second guessing myself based on the other floral displays which were done up big. I felt lost in the sea of big floral. Bridal show 101 continues. #2.) Second guessing yourself is ok, everybody does it at some point, if they say they don’t, their lying, not only to you, but to themselves. Even though I was second guessing myself, I was proud of the work I was displaying and that is the most important thing!
As the show started and progressed I had many, many compliments on my flowers and table display: things like: “Love all the textures”, “Beautiful colors”, “Nice to see a variety”. Bridal show 101 #3.) I realized “again” that every bride at this show will find the right floral fit for them. Some may not like my style, some may. Fears set aside, I actually enjoyed the rest of the show.
Bridal show 101 #4.) On my way to the show I stopped at the store to pick up water and a snack. I also bought a little notepad, just incase I wanted to jot down things as the show progressed. I really found this to be a good thing. I really used it. I noted things that brides said for future reference, some related to my table and some not, but still felt that there was some kind purpose in writing it down. As I went back thought the note pad later that evening, I saw this…
Yes, I know, I know, I spelled doubt wrong. I obviously wrote it down in haste and I might have been thinking about doughnuts, but I honestly don’t even know when I wrote this down. But I do know this…What I learned “again” this year is the same stuff I already knew, but maybe, for some reason, this year maybe I finally learned to let all the fear and self doubt go.
“Fear is nothing more then an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward, stronger, wiser within ourselves.” – Author Unknown