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Our first bridal show

Joel and I are back from our first ever bridal show! It took place in the Metro Toronto Convention Center in downtown Toronto. We were pretty excited and nervous, but everything went really well and now we’re totally exhausted! Thanks to everyone who stopped by. It was nice to meet you all.

I don’t think we could have chosen a more¬† huge, corporate bridal show than this one. It was intimidating at first (especially seeing The Bay’s huge booth at the back) but we got over that pretty early on when it became obvious that there was a lot of interest in what Papillon Press does. We were definitely the smallest operation there!

Joel and I were totally exhausted by the end of it. He was fighting off a cold all weekend and I ended up spraining my ankle while disassembling the booth! Regardless of that, it was well worth it and we’ll be doing a few more come January.

Here are photos of our promotional materials:

Includes a congratulatory engagement card, a pamphlet, a letterpressed envelope and our portfolio book
Includes a congratulatory engagement card, a pamphlet, a letterpressed envelope and our portfolio book

 

The engagement card we handed out.
The engagement card we handed out.

Closeup of engagement card

Papillon Press promotional pamphlet. Blind-printed cover and digital interior.
Papillon Press promotional pamphlet. Blind-printed cover and digital interior.
Pamphlet interior, saddle-stitched on my sewing machine.
Pamphlet interior, saddle-stitched on my sewing machine.
Closeup of saddle-stitching
Closeup of saddle-stitching
Portfolio book, made by yours truly
Portfolio book, made by yours truly
Samples in portfolio book.
Samples in portfolio book.

And these are photos of our booth at the show:

The booth as it was when we arrived
The booth as it was when we arrived
The booth as it was when we were done with it. I'm particularly proud of our sign.
The booth as it was when we were done with it. I'm particularly proud of our sign.
Our samples on display. I'm really not a fan of the low walls at these shows.
Our samples on display. I'm really not a fan of the low walls at these shows.
Joel and I, after approximately 23 hours of showtime.
Joel and I, after approximately 23 hours of showtime.

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