Bridal shows?

posted 3 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sure all the vendors there also do opposite sex weddings!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Bridal shows in my opinion are overated. I went to two, and I don’t like them much. That being said it’s a good way to see multiple vendors in your area. You have just as much to right to be there are anyone else. Defintely go and see if you like it.

I’m not going to sugarcoat  it for you, but I’m sure you already know as a gay person that you may run into bigots. That being said I wouldn’t work with a vendor that wasn’t supportive. Those people who behave that way with secular businesses like cake shop have been prosecuted/fined/ order to stop discrimanate againist gay couples or some cases interracial couples because beilive it or not it still happens these days.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Irish2014:  It certainly makes it harder when you live somewhere that isn’t friendly. Like I said I really don’t like bridal shows, the only thing I got from them was spam and junk mail.

My advice is ask friends, and don’t be afraid to call your venue if they hosted gay wedding before it’s quite possible that they maybe able to direct you to some vendors who would be willing to work with you. Once you get a few vendors

I don’t blame you for having hesitation, it’s really sad that depending on  location gay couples will be limited in what they can do and have to worry about people being hostile towards them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Irish2014:  Bridal shows are super lame.  I did like the cake samples, though.  I assume you are a two-bride wedding?  You might fare alright, though I’d just skip it – they’re super super hetero specific on most stuff.  Although, if you have thick skin and just want to look around, it might be fun.  I went to one that when you walked in they asked “Who’s the Bride?!” and gave me a lame pin so all the vendors attacked ME.  Maybe you can get two.  🙂

My best bridal show advice, if you do go – creat an email address JUST for wedding BS. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BrandNewBride:  ummm… what?

@Irish2014:  I didn’t go to any bridal shows, but I wish I had! I feel like Oregon is much more LGBT supportive than other parts of the country and it would be a good way to quickly screen a lot of vendors for fit — thus eliminating any potentially difficult meetings later?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve been to a couple bridal shows.  We actually one our engagement shoot from the very first show we went to.  I like to go just for ideas…if you go to it with that in mind, i think its a cool experience.  If you go expecting to book all your vendors you will probably be dissapointed. But i think its a great place to start off with the wedding planning! 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Strawberryfarmer:  Oh! It’s a two-bride wedding! That wasn’t clear in the first post, so I thought her reluctance to go might have been if she were part of a hetero couple going to an LBGT show!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

ive been to a few shows (though im not gay) the first was for fun and the second to track down a photographer (and picked up that and a DJ). they are both great because you see all the vendors in your area and bad becasue they ARE over rated. that being said it depends on the area you live in. i went with a girl friend of mine, were both brides and both were wearing the stiker that says Hi im the bride! we had a few vendors approach us assuming we were together. i dunno if that implied they were comfortable with it, or not… but i didnt get any negative feelings from the few that seemed to assume. try not to get upset about it, be open minded and if anyone gives you flack, theres a whole room filled with other people who would be more then happy to take you money.. 🙂 good luck if you decide to go.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Irish2014:  Man. I seriously misread this one! This baby is seriously sucking my brains into my uterus.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Irish2014:  I didn’t go to any bridal shows because I already basically knew who I wanted for vendors.  If you don’t have or know of great vendors in your area you want to use, then I think it’s great to see all the different vendors.  Personally though, I think word of mouth and reading reviews online is the best way to find vendors.

Unfortunately, I don’t think you’ll know how people will react to you being a same sex couple until you get there. I’m sure this is something that varies by location and even vendor to vendor.  I hope if you decide to go that you guys have a great time and no one is rude to you.

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