(Closed) Bridal Shows–are they worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Unless you want to win anything or enjoy excited (read: crowded) places, I wouldn’t. It’s mostly just to meet vendors. It’s “exciting” if you are an extrovert, but they are really crowded, and if you have most of your vendors, you won’t get much out of it. A lot of vendors give discounts and things. Tickets are usually cheap, like $12.

If you really want to go, the one thing I would do is think of one thing you still need, make up a bunch of stickers with your name and email, and stick your info into any prize drawings for only the thing you need. I got so much spam from doing that for everyone, it was such a waste of time. But if you focus on just one thing (like a free honemoon or registry), it may be worth it.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

The good ones require a cover charge (normally $5 or so) but they are so worth it. I just went to one a few weeks ago with my FMIL that had dozens of passed hor d’ourves, champagne, shots of Hypnotique from an ice luge, mini cheeseburger sliders, french fries/gourmet onion ring and shot size milkshakes. 

I’ve been to close to a dozen wedding shows and I absolutely love them. Pretty much all of my vendors are booked and all of the decisions are made but I’ll probably still go to another show if there’s one in my area before our wedding. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t give out your phone number! I signed up for one in October and I’m still getting calls that I “won” a honeymoon (but really it’s a timeshare presentation). 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The one I went to wasn’t worth the time I spent there.  No free samples.  Granted my wedding was in another state so none of the vendors applied to me either but I thought there would be samples for me to look at.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Do you have a photographer or videographer?! They are always at the bridal shows and will have samples of their work with them. It’ll give you a good idea of who is out there.

Some shows are free while others cost around $5.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It really depends (1) if you like crowds and (2) how “big” it will be.  Yes, it will cost some $ (the ones I went to cost $7/ticket).  But the ones I went to also had free food and lost of chances to win stuff.  There was also a “fashion show” of BM dresses and wedding gowns.  

If you are OK with crowds and can part with $10(ish), I would say go to at least one….if for nothing else than the experience – you will only be a bride once!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@Oribel013690: That’s a great idea! πŸ™‚ I went with my mom, and even though we were done in two hours (left early; we’re both introverts), it was still fun to bond over wedding stuff and see what’s available.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love them πŸ™‚ You have the chance to win tons of fun things, the fashion shows are usually really good and you end up with a ton of inspriation material. I come home with at least 3 new bridal magazines each time and tons of other flyers which have helped me come up with new ideas for decor. And you can also sometimes try some cake samples which are yummy.

I think it’s just a fun weekend thing to do and it’s nice to do it with your bridal party or family.

Oh and just to add, it’s absolutely been worth the ticket price for me because the vendors that I booked after being at the bridal show gave me huge discounts (I’ve saved $400 so far) for simply having been to the bridal show.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow you ladies have it good.  Our biggest wedding fair here cost $20 to get in, but you could get $2 off if you bought them online.

In my opinion, unless you’re looking for inspiration and ideas, and still need most of your vendors, it may be worth it to go, especially if you don’t mind the crowds.  I didn’t get anything worthwhile out of it, except I saw a cake I’d like mine to look like, so I took a picture of it.  That’s it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i went to one and didnt like it.  it seem like all the vendors that were there were the low end type and  honestly, not very good at what they did.  i asked my wedding designer (who didnt attend the show) why that was and she said alot of vendors dont attend anymore becuase we (brides) go to get discounts on stuff and not all vendors like to give discounts, therefore alot of the high end and really good vendors werent there.

i thought it was overwhelming and by the end i was reallly tired of eating bad cake. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Oribel013690: How lovely! You are very lucky. πŸ™‚

The other ladies are right about the bridal shows being crowded. I went to two myself just to get an idea of who was out there and it helped a lot. Definitely do not give out your phone number or email address if you go unless you are really interested in the vendor.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went to one bridal show and didn’t really get much out of it, and don’t plan on going to another. Most of the vendors there weren’t really my style, and the herds of women milling around was a little overwhelming, to be honest. I assume that the types of bridal shows vary greatly, and so maybe this just wasn’t the best one for me to go to. Watching the fashion show was fun, as I hadn’t been dress shopping yet. Although it was so crowded we had to stand the whole time.

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