Okay, so most of the Bridal Shows we attend
('bride to be? would you like to enter to win a free set of china?')
are anywhere from around 100 Brides (not including Grooms, Mothers-in-Law, Bridesmaids, Etc) to the largest ones in N. America, 6,000-7,000 Brides. (again, not including etc)
I'm used to being burned out at the end of the day from dealing with that many people.
This latest one? Not so much.
Was told that it'd be about a 300 Bride show.
"This! Is Sparta!"
First sign that all might not appear to be as planned? No booths. Just tables, sitting in the middle of the room in rows. We have china. It's a concrete floor. This... is generally considered not to be a good thing.
Long story short, 25 brides over 6 hours. We had more vendors than brides. Fortunately, no broken china.
So what did people do? The DJ up front cranked up the music, (yay robert miles!) the caterers told people to come get lunch, the three of us at the china booth danced a lot, and basically the vendors had a party, dressed up in silly pimp hats, wandered around and chatted.
One of the more interesting vendors was Preserve Your Flowers.com
. I'm not listing them to advertise them, but because the guy who runs it was neat to talk to. Started out as a Palaeontologist, saw the freeze-dry process to preserve small animals while at the Smithsonian and figured out how to do it on plants a few years later. Basically created the industry, because in his own words, he was too naive at the time to be scared about doing so.
Now he's now the only person in the world to train and teach people how to preserve flowers by freeze-drying them.
Also discovered a local Ettiquette School
, which is something that I've wanted to do for years. Not the Corporate side so much, which is what most etiquette places teach, but, well, how to act like a proper poised polished lady instead of what manners I've cobbled together.
Silly, I know. ^^;; *bounces excitedly anyway*