Bridal Shows?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are bridal shows worth the money?
    Worth it! : (6 votes)
    27 %
    Waste of money. : (16 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3673 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Commenting to see responses!

    I have yet to go to one, but a good friend of mine just got engaged, so we’re planning on going to some together.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2534 posts
    Sugar bee

    I went to a few before I was married. They are lots of fun!

    Post # 5
    Member
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    They are a lot of fun! Some vendors will offer specials at the show, or coupons to use in the week after. You can usually find free tickets online if you don’t want to pay.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    2575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I met some great vendors at the few I attended.  They were all free for the bride + 1 guest.  I didn’t really score any great deals.  Actually, that’s a lie, we did get a great deal on my FI’s tux, but that’s it.  They were fun though!

    Post # 7
    Member
    1387 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    All of the ones I’ve been to were free. I wouldn’t pay to go to one but I think they’re fun!!

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I didn’t find them particularily fun but they were a good way to meet vendors.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2962 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Most of the bridal shows here are free but the ONE bridal show I went to (only $15) I ended up winning my 4K venue for free so that was DEFINITELY worth $15!

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @renwoman:  I went to a few and while they were fun, I wasn’t stoked on all of the spam stuff I got via phone and email afterward. I signed up for a contest from a local vendor, and they sold my name to some company. I’m still getting tickets for a “free honeymoon cruise” to this day. And all they want is my bank account info! What a deal! 😉

    Just be careful with your information! Enter stuff by all means, but you may want to ask before you give it out.  

    Post # 11
    Member
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    There are usually lots of prizes to be won, so it’s kind of fun in that sense. I went to 2, back to back, and they were ok.  I already had a dress, so no interest in watching the fashion shows. I find that there are a lot of women who think that they are somehow special because they are getting married, and having a few hundred in the same room is a bit of a turn off for me. I met with lots of vendors, but in all honesty, I didn’t contract with anyone that I met there. I did get lots of spam and phone calls right afterward, which was annoying, but I also knew to expect it, so set up a wedding email account just for that.

    I think how useful they are depends entirely on where you are in the planning process. If you are just starting out, it can be worthwhile. If you’ve got a lot already arranged, or know what you specifically want, then not so much.

    Post # 12
    Member
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    You should try to get groupons or discounted tickets online. I wouldn’t say that they are a total waste of money, they do get the creative juices going and do present an opportunity for discounts from vendors.

    Post # 13
    Member
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve never paid for one and after attending a couple, I never would. I suppose a lot of it is lost on me, as I am doing a destination wedding so I have little use for local vendors. I’d have to say though – if you can, find out if there will be free (and how much) refreshments (read: alcohol). Without food or beverage, I would have found them incredibly boring with a bunch of people lined up to try and sell me on what they’ve got. I’d rather google the internet and read reviews from others, but that’s just my style. I ordered our wedding rings online, my dress online…I just don’t like feeling as though people are pushing things on me.

    I will say though…if you can go to a FREE one, I would do it once to cross it off your bride “must-do” list – if only for the experience so you dont regret not doing it, and for the chance to win prizes, as most offer them – just be prepared to have your email spammed for months, and your phone to ring incessantly until you tell them to take you off of their list. 

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