Post # 1
My bridesmaids, mom, sister and FMIL are all coaxing me to go to a some bridal shows, but I really don’t feel like going to any. I’m not a big fan of conventions, they involve a lot of walking, long lines, and getting pushed around by the crowd, and taking home a bunch of brochures that I’ll only end up trashing. Everyone’s telling me it’s part of the “Bridal Experience” and but I’m really disinclined. Am I weird? Are there any brides out there who didn’t attend any Bridal Shows?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Not weird at all. I’ve been and I had fun, but I definitely don’t think it’s weird if it’s not your thing!
Post # 4
Not weird at all. If you don’t want to go then don’t. While I have not been to one yet, and like you have no desire to, I have heard/read from many women who have attended them that they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. There may be some great ones but they seem to be few and far between. Meanwhile other women love them. It’s personal preference in the end and neither is right or wrong.
That said, I don’t know anyone, be it family or friends, who has attended a bridal show and their weddings turned out just fine without them.
Post # 5
I only went to one and it wasn’t really that fun. I don’t like people sitting there pressuring me to sign up for things that I don’t really need or want without having time to think about it. Plus with the giveaways at the door, they use the information you give them to spam you from every vendor imaginable.
Post # 6
I didn’t go to any bridal shows and I don’t plan to. But that is because I already had all my vendors booked before the show season started. If you are looking to meet vendors face to face before you book, or still have a lot of planning to do, I think they could be a good tool to help you out.
Post # 7
Not at all! I went to one and I’m so glad I had a friend go with me. She kept me from being snarky the whole time. Go for the food (it’s good!) and don’t give anyone your contact info if you’re not interested in their services–otherwise you’ll end up with a lot of spam!
Post # 8
I am a bride and also a vendor. I have been to several bridal shows and I agree with the above posters. If you have no idea what you want, you should go to get some ideas. You can also get some good deals at the shows and do some taste testing for cakes and other food items. If you already know what you want, then going to a show is probably going to be a waste of your time. However, some of the shows do have great give aways and contests. Do be careful though of the information you give out to the show. It is the show that puts you on the lists; not generally the vendors.
That being said, I know what I want, so I will not be attending any bridal shows as a bride. For me it would be a waste of time. As a vendor at a show, I love to talk to brides and their families and friends and I always have a ton of give aways and a drawing for something bigger. I never give their information to anyone else. I don’t like it when my information is given out, so I do not do that to my brides.
Post # 9
I haven’t had any interest in going to any. But people downtown get crazy over silly things, so I may be more inclined if it were in my home town. So no. You’re not crazy. haha.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! Everyone just made me feel weird for refusing to go, they made it seem like I was going to miss out on some huge experience.
@noritake22 – you’re right, it would be a waste of time if I already know what I want. I have a detailed idea of how I want my wedding to be, and I’m already halfway through the planning process so I don’t feel the need to go to a show. 🙂
Post # 11
nah, I don’t wanna go either. Not just because I am having a JOP wedding, I just don’t want all the hassle…
Post # 12
Lordy, there’s a bridal show in town this weekend. My fiance and I (yup, he’s coming with) are in need of a baker and a dj…so let’s hope we can find what we need and get the heck out of there (bridal show’s aren’t my cup of tea.) Poor guy, I feel for him already. =]
Post # 13
Not weird 🙂 Everyone I know thats been to one said it was a beating & not worth the time. A lot of vendors that go to these are the more expensive ones and its just a lot of pressure, alot of crowds, and just not for everyone.
Post # 14
Nah, you’re not crazy at all! I’m going just for fun, really. I don’t expect anything to actually come of it.
Post # 15
no! I didn’t go, and i don’t regret it. And from what i’ve heard, you get spammed and get a ton of unwanted junk mail related to weddings. If you go somewhere where you must use a fake name and number, and practice your defense mechanisms at every booth, you probably should just skip it 🙂
Post # 16
i didn’t go to any. i actually wanted to, but was always busy when they were in town, so i never got a chance, and now i have all of my vendors so it would be kind of pointless.