Post # 1
So I’m going to my first bridal expo today! I got free tickets from The Knot (yes I’m a cheapo and would have never PAID to go to this.) I’m pretty excited but not really sure what to expect. It’s in Boston and I’m going with FMIL (FI would not allow me to drag him away from a day of watching football!). So what have your experiences been at these things? I’m hoping to get some good ideas.. problem is I’m sure all the vendors there are from the Boston area but I’m planning a wedding in PA. Still worth it to go? Any tips or tricks to get the most outta these expos?
Post # 3
I’m not sure if it’s worth going if you are getting married in PA. When I went, I didn’t see a lot of displays. They do have a bridal show though so that might give you dress ideas though.
Post # 4
You are going to be totally overwhelmed.. Don’t let anyone pressure you into signing a contract today no matter how sweet the deal is! It’s a great experience so you can get idea of what you want and don’t want!!! Just go with an open mind. Take all the info you can and take notes on the people that you liked. I know i came home with all this info and couldn’t remember who was who. Also since you are having a wedding that is not in Boston ask the people if they charge traveling fees.
I’m from Long Island but am having wedding in Hudson Valley. I Know that a lot of venders were going to charge me up to $125 just for the traveling… that adds up.
Just keep an open mind and get all the free stuff you can :oP
Post # 5
It’s worth going if you just want to get ideas and you have nothing more important to do for sure. Look up bridal shows in PA areas.
Post # 6
@LizzieMo: Yeah I figured I have nothing better to do since FI will be watching football ALL day. And FMIL really wants to be involved in the planning, so I thought this would be nice for her to go. I’m also planning on going to one at my venue in January so that will probably be more helpful. I’ll be on the lookout for freebies 🙂
Post # 7
I was overwhelmed with my email and phone calls afterwards. Either pick a new email account for this, or don’t give your email info out at all. I put it on the initial registration form, and that info was given to every vendor… then every vendor felt the need to contact me again, and again, and again..
Post # 8
When FI and I attended one here in Raleigh, we’d already picked out most of our vendors and were going largely to allow our mothers some involvement in wedding planning. However, after having seen what they had to offer, we agreed that if we’d gone before doing much planning the expo would have sent us running off to elope.
Go in remembering that the vendors who can afford booths are among the most expensive in your area. Remember too that it’s fine to scam on their ideas before looking for cheaper alternatives or doing it DIY. Finally, remember that your wedding should reflect the tastes of YOU and YOUR FIANCE. Don’t get bamboozled by the latest trends or what other people tell you is classy. (My mother is the worst person about this- she was swept away by the elegance of the “pink champagne” cake sample we tried, even though to the rest of us it tasted like straight up vanilla.)
Post # 9
Print off sticker labels of you and your FI’s names, your address, home phone and wedding date and put them onto EVERY draw ticket they have!!! When DH and I went last year I saw others doing that, it saves time but we didn’t know so we ended up filling everything out manually. But we DID walk away with 2 prize trips(one hotel and one resort) and free tungsten wedding bands. There is more to win too so definitely DEFINITELY jump on all draws!! Also bring a notebook to write down ideas, vendor info and offers they may give you on the spot, etc. Other then that have a great time!! I enjoyed it alot!!
edit: I TOTALLY agree with PP about NOT signing anything there!! Take home whatever they give and review it first.
Post # 10
I just went to my first one. I also went in knowing that I was not really looking as specific vendors in the area, and that turned out to be the main purpose of the event. I guess it helped in that I got a good idea of pricing for some services (although it’s true that the ones who rent booths are going to be the more expensive vendors). If you know that you aren’t interested in any of the vendors there, DO NOT give out your phone number or email! All the ‘prizes’ they give away are most likely discounts with certain vendors, or even free services from them. Some vendors might have their own drawings, and the expo itself might have one. Both will spam you like crazy.
Post # 11
I would say to take buisness cards and write what you like about the company on the back and DON’T SIGN UP FOR ANYTHING … They sell your information to other companies and if you are like me and like a clean inbox..it really pisses you off getting things you didn’t sign up for. Other than that..if you are getting married in PA..it prob wont be too helpful for you because all of the vendors will be in boston area
Post # 12
If you don’t already have one, create an e-mail just for wedding stuff/junk mail so that you don’t get all the wedding spam in your regular mail (for the next 15 months….)
Post # 13
After the show you will recieve tons of email and phone calls sayin that you won something. The catch is that you have to go and sit through some kind of demonstration. Ignore these unless you really want toasting flutes and are will to sit through 2 hours of blah blah blah to get them.
If you really won a big prize you would just get it. No demonstrations needed.
Like other bees have said. It will be SUPER crowded and overwhelming! Do not fall for discounts ect to get you to sign a contract. Take info and go home and sleep on it.