Are Bridal Expos worth going to?

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

vicetyvic@hotmail.com:  We found our venue at a Bridal Fair. They were brand new and hadn’t come up in any internet searching I did . . . So, for us, YES, it was worthwhile to go. I also got ideas about the paper stuff to do, but I don’t think that I used any of the coupons or discounts offered.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went to one with my bff when she was engaged, and I don’t think anything came of it. It was an interesting and fun experience though. I never went to one when I was wedding planning.

Post # 4
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2060 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I went. It was a fun experience! I also won 100 in free flowers. You also can get a lot of discounts if you book with them that day. So my recommendation would be to find out what vendors will be there and do your research before hand. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I went to one in a different state than I’m getting married in so I didnt go so much for the actual vendors but went for ideas and the experience. It was definitely fun and I would reccomend going, there were catering tastings and a ton of giveaways/drawings which meant I’m still dealing with the excessive about of vendors emailing me months later but I would totally go to another one. And as a bonus I also got some free planning binders, a subscription to brides magazine, and won a “grand prize” with an event planner but even with a $2.5k discount I still couldnt afford the package and had to decline.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I enjoyed going to the 2 I attended! I ended up finding my venue through one. Just like a PP, they were new and hadn’t turned up in my iternet searches. I am so glad I went and talked with them. You never know what you’re going to find! I don’t really go for the prizes or discounts, because I never win and I’m never ready to book with out thinking about it for a long time. So I just go to get information. It can be fun, but also overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re walking into.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If you decide to go, maybe print labels with your name, email, and phone number. That way your hands won’t cramp from writing so much. And you won’t have to do the ‘balancing dance’ while trying to write and hold all of the stuff they give you.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I found most of my vendors at bridal shows! I never really won anything except a massage gift certificate. I hear it varies greatly by area though. I live in NJ and there’s pretty much always a free small bridal show happening somewhere in the state every weekend. I went to bunches of them to get to talk to vendors in person. It made all the difference. You just never know what someone’s like from their website. And also you can get tons of free advice and ideas from talking with them or looking at their displays.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

They are a lot of fun.  Even if you don’t win something or find a vendor it gets you in the wedding spirit. You don’t have to show up right when it starts to avoid the crowd.  I found my photographer there and also got a discount on my photo booth.  I did the pre printed labels and that was a great time saver.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

vicetyvic@hotmail.com:  I think it’s a big fat waste of time.  I went to one right after getting engaged.  It was completely overwhelming and also made us start to freak out about how expensive everything is.  We didn’t find any vendors.  I remember talking with a photographer there and him telling me the great “deal” he had on a bridal package for $8000.  Yikes.  I ended up getting phone calls for weeks about how I had “won” different things – mostly scams or places charging what they usually charge but labeling it a deal. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think they are if you’re at the very start of planning, or just have ideas of who you may want to book, but just haven’t yet. With the timeframe that we got engaged and married, there were no shows. However, I did go with a friend to one a few months prior, so I at least had that to check out (although wasn’t engaged yet).

But, after going… I received a TON of emails from the places there, who got the information from when you signed up.

Post # 12
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

vicetyvic@hotmail.com:  They can be helpful, it depends on what you are needing or looking for. Some vendors do have some pretty good deals so it never hurts to check them out.

TIP: My mom was a genius and made address/email lables because when you go you are offered tons of deals and offers that you can’t keep up with writing your information down and by the end of it you don’t want to keep giving out your information. So she made it simple and just gave the vendors my information sticker. All the other brides loved this idea. And we were able to look at all the vendors rather than being pressured into things while we were stuck writing.

Also, if you haven’t already, make a wedding email in advance so your personal email doesn’t get bombarded with vendor information after the expo. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

vicetyvic@hotmail.com:  I personally didn’t think it was worth it.  I didn’t find any of my vendors there and because I made the mistake of using my personal email, I was inundated with spam.  Oh and scam phone calls about how I won prizes.

Despite that, I would recommend going to one for the experience and you may have better luck with finding a vendor that suits you.  I would definitely create a separate email account, and I agree with PPs about printing a sheet of labels with your name, address, phone number, and new email.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I didn’t find them helpful at all. I found all of the vendors to be completely ordinary and basic, there was so much nonsense we didn’t need. It was just a waste of time and filled with a bunch of classless out of towners. At least that was my experience in my city… We left shortly after arriving, grabbed some bridal magazines from the store, and went to lunch instead. Far more enjoyable.

Some are better than others though, the indie wedding show at the Drake Hotel in Toronto/ WedLuxe Show in Toronto were the only ones I didn’t feel completely put off by..

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

I’m curious about this too. Although, I must admit my decision hinges on whether or not there are sufficient free samples given out 🙂

Especially of cake.

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