Ok so I have my first bridal show with my business in less than two weeks! Aaaahhh!!
I have done bridal shows before at other bakeries that I worked at so I know how to do them.
My only question is....what the heck do I wear?? I don't have money to buy a chef's coat or to make shirts with my logo. The money that I do have will be to buy fondant for my dummies. I can have 3 helpers but I don't have anything for them to wear either.
I want to look professional but I am just stuck on ideas.
Thanks in advance.
I don't have money to buy a chef's coat...
Really? You can get a chef's coat starting at $8.95 and up (cheaper than the cost of a t-shirt).
Whaaat?? I had no idea! I wonder if it will ship in time. Thanks!
I've done a few bridal shows and I've never worn chefs whites. On the one hand, I agree, it looks professional. But someone also said to me that it can be somehow intimidating?
I wear smart black trousers and a smart black fitted t-shirt. I now have a black polo shirt with my company name embroidered on it. I managed to get it done very inexpensively.
Good luck - hope the show is really successful for you. x
I wear a chef's coat and jeans. Got mine from Happy Chefs too. Didn't love the quality, but the only person who noticed that was me, everyone else just noticed that I looked official!
The point is to be comfortable so that you can have great conversations and give a great impression. I prefer to appear fun and creative rather than all gussied up!
I tell my helpers to dress business casual. No jeans, but dresses and skirts are not needed. I also tell them no logos on their clothes.
Since you are having helpers I would look into getting a chef's coat so you stand out as the person in charge and able to answer questions.
The biggest thing is to wear comfy shoes.
As a customer, I avoid the booths with the "chef's whites"--too pretentious. A polo shirt or nice blouse is more welcoming and friendly (IMHO).
I wear a pink chef's jacket and jeans to bridal shows. And comfy shoes are a MUST!
For just a few dollars, buy matching aprons for your helpers. Also available at the above site.
If you have a restaurant depot nearby, they sell chef's coats that are inexpensive.
I just wear a nice outfit, no chefs coat. I'm not into uniforms
no matter what you decide, I think the most important thing is to be clean, neat and MATCH. I would go with black pants and white shirts, even if you buy new t's at the craft store for $5! You can always do an apron over that if you want, but make sure you match. Well, that's MY opinion.
I've done at least 1/2 dzn shows and have never worn a chef's coat/hat or other special clothing.
Just dress in your nicest, 'go to church' clothing and look clean.
Take a spare pair of shoes with different heal heigths. It helps to change shoes 1/2 way through. Going from heels to low heels or flats helps alot
As a customer, all other things being equal, I would seek out the chef's jacket-wearing individual first. For many 'lay' people (to your industry), little things like a professional air, or professional attire give a bit of extra to the way you and your business are perceived. To me it says: I've got authority in this field and know what I'm doing. It's not always true but we're talking about making impressions here, that's the bulk of what these shows are about-- will the potential customer remember you?
I see it this way, if I walked into an ER, I would gravitate toward the guy in clinical coat before I move to the guy in scrubs, never mind that in reality the guy in the coat may be the RT and the scrub wearer the MD. In my mind clinical coat typically sets the doc (or those in authority: NPs, lead RTs) apart from others in the healthcare team.
Th added advantage of owning a chef's jacket? You can use it for other cake related functions and not have to worry about what to wear.
Triple post... sigh
As a customer, all other things being equal, I would seek out the chef's jacket-wearing individual first.
I agree. We need to look at our businesses from the customers' viewpoint. While we may think it's silly or uncomfortable to don a white jacket, most customers are drawn to the professional appearance.