Bridal Shows – are they worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are they worth it?
    Yes : (8 votes)
    30 %
    Yes - but only if you still have a lot of vendors to find : (4 votes)
    15 %
    No : (10 votes)
    37 %
    Maybe...I'll explain : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I got in for free and I still didn’t think it was worth it! I think it’s good if you aren’t very picky and you don’t want to bother with doing additional research because you can basically find at least one vendor in every category you need, from DJ to photographer. However, I don’t like blatant sales pitches and I don’t need all that extra spam/junk mail because I entered to win a few things.

    It took me more time and effort but I found way better vendors just doing some online research and asking existing vendors (e.g. found a photobooth company through my caterer). A lot of the better vendors in my area don’t even attend bridal shows.

    Post # 4
    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    its good in the sense that you can see dresses in person without being bothered by a sales person. 

    Post # 5
    2383 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I agree with PP- I went to a local one last year and hated every minute of it- at least we got free food though! I felt it was very pressured, they even had a card you had to have every single vendor fill out at each booth to be entered into a raffle. We were only there for one or two vendors so I chucked it in the trash but EVERYONE looked at me like I was crazy when I said they didn’t need to sign anything. I also got a ton of phone calls & e-mails from vendor’s I had zero interest in afterwards. In the end, we didn’t learn anything except not to go to one ever again… I guess I was able to narrow down our list of potential coordinator’s- from the booth’s & service I knew who I didn’t want, but still not who I wanted…. 

    We ended up getting much better info from online research & asking my already booked vendor’s about their recommendations. 

    Post # 6
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    It depends. I’ve been to three. The first two I didn’t get much out of. They are really only worth it if you are looking to book soon (so you can cash in on the bridal show discount). I found my florist and stationary vendors there, but I went specifically looking for those vendors in mind. For example, it’s extremely useful if you are looking for a florist and want to book appointments with several of them in the same place. If you go in with no idea or plan in mind, it can turn to a waste of time.

    Post # 7
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    I’m all for the bridal shows that have giveaways such as free honeymoons, free wedding bands, etc.  I won a free wedding band at one when I was engaged and younger, a white gold channel set band that I gave to my mom.  If they’re free, and have raffles, it’s worth the try especially if it’s a bad weather day in winter and you think a lot of people won’t show 🙂

    Post # 8
    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MsGinkgo: I went to one here in Toronto and it was SUCH a waste of time. Just a bunch of vendors that desperately try to get you to hand over your contact info (really, don’t give it to them – they’ll hound you forever). Browse things on-line, much better usage of time.

    Post # 9
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    @MsGinkgo:  I don’t think they’re worth it. I got all my vendors through word of mouth and by researching online. 

    DO NOT GIVE ANY RANDOM VENDORS YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER!! They will sell it and you will be telemarketed/ harrassed for months! Sooo annoying.

    Post # 10
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014


    I’ve been to two, I went for my friend who was engaged at the time. One of them was a really amazing show, it ran later in the evening and required cocktail attire. A bunch of us all got dressed up and went. There was free champagne and wine along with a bunch of sweet and savory passed hor dourves. They had a lash bar were we all had lashes applied, Make-up bar and a hilarious photo booth that we spent a lot of time playing around with. There  was also a “blind” wine tasting booth were we had to sample a list of wines and guess the grape and region. They had a gentlemen’s lounge with a barber and whiskey tasting. It was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to go back this year…this time I am the bride!!!


    Post # 11
    182 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I discovered a really AWESOME bakery at a bridal show over a year ago! I’ve used them for every birthday AND I ocassionally run in their for pasteries! Totally worth the $25 to get in that show lol

    Post # 12
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @MsGinkgo:  I attended TONS of bridal shows for fun before our wedding but I never had to pay for any of them. Usually if you register with a vendor they will provide you with free tickets, I would look into it.

    I found most of them just fun but not beneficial. I did attend a show at the actual venue we booked and it was incredibly helpful. I found several vendors to work with including my awesome wedding planner!

    Post # 13
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  I’ve been to two – one in the town I got married in, and one out of town.  The one in town worked out okay, I gathered lots of info in a short amount of time.  I wasn’t interested in spending hours researching stuff so that was helpful.  The out of town one wasn’t overly useful (because I didn’t get married there), but my friend got tickets and asked me to go with her.  We just made it into a fun girls afternoon.  

    I would suggest creating a separate email address that you can use to keep the vendors from annoying you (and to entre draws).  That way you wont get crazy amounts of emails in your personal account that appear even two years after you’ve attended…

    Post # 14
    6446 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    They weren’t worth it in terms of finding vendors, however, I had a fantastic time with my friends and mom wandering around and eating all the free sample!!

    Post # 15
    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I went to the big one here in Baltimore 2 years in a row. I got 3 vendors from it the first year I went! I also won 3 raffles. FI and I enjoyed it so much we went back the next year even though we had all of our vendors for the drinks, free food and cake samples, freebies and raffles! haha!

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