I’ve never done this before, but I decided to go for it. While out shopping yesterday I noticed a couple registering for wedding gifts. Perhaps I was emboldened by her gorgeous dress – I felt compelled to say something to her. But since I didn’t know her, I restrained myself. At first.
After walking around the store we ended up in the same department. Once again I walked away. But I stopped myself, fished out a business card from my purse, and turned around to say something to them. Of course I did have to compliment her dress – but I also introduced myself and handed them my card. Upon being told the wedding is to take place out-of-state, I invited the bride-to-be to check out my blog anyway. I congratulated them and walked away. The whole exchange took maybe two minutes.
I was proud of myself for being bold enough to walk up to someone unsolicited and hand them a card. When I am in a wedding related setting I am not shy at all. But to walk up to a total stranger? Well that was a big step for me.
But then I started wondering…did they think me rude or obtrusive? I certainly didn’t mean to be. I genuinely want to help couples be Carefree – even the ones that can’t or don’t hire me.
Once or twice before I have been at a restaurant or coffee shop and have overheard meetings between couples and potential wedding professionals. I’ve always wondered if I should have discreetly handed them my card. Of course I wouldn’t do that if the person was obviously providing the same services I provide (I don’t want to poach) – but if the potential is a DJ or photographer, I have often wondered why not?
My question to you is: as a bride-to-be, would you welcome an unsolicited wedding professional approaching you at a store or restaurant or is that gauche? What are your thoughts?