attending Bridal Expos – is it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@amethystJCM:  I went to one expo. I had already booked most of my vendors so it was a waste of time for me. FH loved the free food and wine but for me, I was just like, meh.

Post # 4
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Yep!  I highly recommend them!  Especially if you bring your mom, FMIL, and/or BMs.  It made for a really fun memorable day.

Post # 5
37 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

I went to one thinking it would be goofy but I really enjoyed getting some initial ideas very early on in the process (I had only been engaged about 5 days but January obviously is a big month for bridal expos post-Christmas proposals).  It was nice to get to know some of the people in my area who offer different services such as stationers and make up places, etc. even though I am not getting married in my city.  I also won a door prize which included engraved Tiffany champagne flutes, a facial, free engagement photo shoot, jewelry and more.  So it ended up being well worth my while!

Post # 6
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i went to one and felt so hounded and then still months later they are emailing me, im having to unsubscribe to things i never signed up for, they call me offereing items i dont want. it was cool to see but id never go to another one, i only wanted to try to win the honeymoon

Post # 7
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I went to one. It wasn’t worth it to me in terms of finding vendors. But I say it’s worth it in terms of the experience. It was a lot of fun and a great bridal experience. Plus I loved the fashion show.

Post # 9
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@amethystJCM:  Don’t do it!  The one I went to was a bunch of crappy vendors, and I’m getting hounded with emails and calls several months later.  I didn’t even sign up for any vendors specifically, they made you fill out a sheet when you first walk in, and give your information to EVERYBODY.

I went because I felt like I needed to see what it was all about.  Never again!!

Post # 10
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

No. I wish I would have never gone…It didn’t help me, and its been over a year now and I STILL have people calling me about wedding crap.

IF you do go, make a seperate email address, and consider using a diff phone number.

Post # 11
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I won some cool stuff at one, so I say do it! Especially if you haven’t picked vendors yet.

Post # 12
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I thought it was fun.  I got a bunch of photoboth pictures with the bridesmaids and tonssss of free cake and food.

I also won like $200 toward a vacation.

Post # 13
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I went with some girlfriends it was so fun. I won a free engagement photo shoot worth 900 dollars, and met the dj I was thinking about using. He was great and I will def book him! Great time!

Post # 14
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

yes and no.  they are worth it if you are looking for something specific. 

i went to my first bridal show (two weeks before i got engaged).  yes i knew it was coming.  my mom wanted to go to the BIG one.  i checked with FI first if he was ok with it.  i felt funny going.

anyway, after 3 booths i was bored and wanted to go.  i had no date, hadn’t talked about wedding stuff with FI.  my mom was over the moon happy but that changed at the end of the first aisle. it is very overwhelming.

i did speak to a lot of vendors and gather information.

i had my venue picked out and booked the week after i got engaged and got recommendations from friends for other vendors.

we went to one last bridal show (it was near my house and free).  it had the best food.  i joked to my mom that i could go to this every year just for the free food samples.  there must have been 20 cateres there being the majority of the vendors.

at the first big bridal show, they gave a coupon book.  i ended up buying my dress from one of the places and got a free veil.  i also won a $50 gift certificate to a restauarnt.

i say go to at least one.  don’t be overwhelmed.


Post # 15
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went to one with my mom and FI.  It wasn’t anything special, and we didn’t find any awesome vendors from it.  We did get some cake, though…that’s always nice.

I’d say if you’re really lost and need some direction, it might be good to go to one.  But, if you have an idea of the things you want, eh.  Not worth it – especially if you have to pay to get in!

Post # 16
677 posts
Busy bee

@amethystJCM:  I found, for me, you have to find something specifically useful for you in the show. For example, my FI, mom and I only went to one, and it was useful because 2 of the in-house vendors for our venue were there, as well as the hotel they recommend for blocks of rooms, so we were able to specifically ask them questions, while at the same time comparing those answers with other vendors, to see if the savings of using in house was worth it. Also, it turned out DB was attending and giving out $50 to anyone who booked an appointment with them. Since I had already booked my appointment, they still honoured that and gave me the discount card, which was great when I booked my dress with them yesterday! Combine that with free samples of cake and meeting Randy Fenoli, and it was worth it.

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