Post # 1
Who all has gone to a bridal show? I got an “exclusive invitation” (ha!) to get free admission to a bridal show in 2 weeks (tickets are supposedly $50 each) and I signed up but wondering what to expect and how to approach….
Any advice would be appreciated…
Post # 3
I went to one, but really wasn’t too impressed by any of the vendors that were there. You might have more luck though!
Post # 4
They’re actually kind of fun. You get to sample TONS of cake and food from vendors. It’s good too if you don’t have any ideas about things like photographers, DJ services, venues, ect. Columbus has a big one every January and it was a ton of fun. There was a big fashion show at the end. Get lots of brochures. Just be aware that once you write down your email address you will be FLOODED with emails from all sorts of vendors!
Post # 5
Their helpful if it’s in your region. You get all the top vendors in one location, which is really handy. Most of the time though you miss out on great vendros because they charge so much to have a booth there. I honestly found all my vendors on Kijiji. Shows are fun to go to though, great for ideas and for a fun day out with your FI, family or friends.
Post # 6
I’ve been to 3. I too got free addmission. I wouldn’t of gone if i had to pay. There alot of vendors, like for photography, invitations, beauty, dress shops and cake! It can be fun if you are looking for vendors. Usually they have prizes at the end and a fashion show too. I ended up winning a honeymoon stay in aruba that we are using next month!
Post # 7
They’re okay… you usually get to taste cake from multiple bakeries. That really helped us narrow down who we wanted to set up a consultation with. Tons of photography venders usually. All the ones I’ve been to were huge… TONS of people there wandering around. To me, it’s not an ideal way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, but it can be helpful. One I went to even had a bunch of dresses there for brides to try on! I really wouldn’t want to dress shop in that hectic atmosphere, but everyone is different.
I liked going for the drawings.. I won a bridal shoot at the very first show I went to.
My suggestion is to definitely wear comfortable shoes… I learned that one after the first one I went to. Lots of standing & walking.
Post # 8
I went to two with my MOH (sister)! It was so fun, kinda a once in a lifetime to me. So why not go? We tasted lots of food, cake, drinks, took some super fun pictures in a photobooth. We had a blast! I do recommend making a wedding email bc you will get bombarded with emails! And sign up for everything, you may will some stuff!
Post # 9
I have mixed feelings about them.. but I never heard of paying to go to one. And come to think of it, I never used one vendor from any of the ones we went to.
I say go to one, get an idea to see if you like them, and take it from there. I prefered getting my vendors through reviews online.
Also, don’t try to win something unless you REALLY want it. I had EVERY single one of them call me and say I was the lucky winner.. and even when I declined, they’d call me again saying how I was at another bridal show, for which I never was..
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I went to one with MIL- lots of cake samples, TONS of photographers, venues- especially since yours is free, I think it’s worth it.
Agree with PP- get a spam email just for the expo. Since I didn’t know my wedding date when we went, I’m still getting emails- boo!
Post # 11
I went to two of them, I actually found my photographer there, so they can be helpful. I agree with OPs, wear comfortable shoes LOL. One of mine was in a convention center and it was huge, it can be overwhelming. And bring someone either in your wedding party, relative, etc. – I bought my DOC who is a personal friend, she was supportive!
Post # 12
I went to a few, a lot of thewm are overwhelmng especially if you do not have a photographer, DJ, etc. . They are fun though because depending on the show there is lots of food to try and free gifts and such. I met my photographer and DJ at one (didn’t know it at the time) because there were certain things that stood out about them and their services that I remebered and liked. Be hesitant about giving your email and address, somehow I got on everybody’s mailing list and still receieve tons of junk!
Post # 13
I went to one (THE bridal expo here) and it was fun. I went with fi which was kind of a drag as he wanted to leave way too early, so I wished I had gone with a girlfriend instead. But I really enjoyed it. None of the vendors were in my price range but we got some free stuff and it gave me a taste of what to expect in the wedding world (we had JUST started planning at the time). We did pay to get in but it was worth it.