I went as a guest just to check things out to see if it would be worth the vendor fee. It was a pretty small show. I could not believe there were no cakes there! There was one crazy lady that rented faux cakes...not that there is anything wrong with that except her displays had cheap silk flowers and chipping "icing". O hand they were very dated. She also said she was not associated with the show. My GUESS is they won't allow her to vend because of the quality of her product so she just rented this meeting room off to the side.
They have a bigger 50th anniversary show coming up in November. I spoke with about 1/2 of the vendors and they all seemed very pleased with the results they get from this show. I got to speak with a few bridal magazines and planning guides about advertising (btw, I am not ready to make wedding cakes so I will be showcasing my stands. and will make dummy cakes hoping to get some bookings for bridal showers, grooms cakes, engagement parties)
A few of the wedding planners asked if I would be willing to rent cake stands and asked for my cards. I picked their brains about what sizes of cakes most brides get. They were very impressed they were made of wood. I never realized before you guys pointed out how unusual that was.
Anyway, there seemed to be a lot of positive feedback from other vendors so I have decided to go for it! So I need to get busy selling cakes and stands to earn my vendor fee. I am doing a children's event as a vendor in November too. I am hopeful to get a lot of cake bookings from that.
What are some of your experiences tips from those of you who have done smaller local shows?