Post # 1
I am a newly engaged Atlanta area bee and I’m thrilled to actually start the planning process. I was wondering what your thoughts are on Georgia Bridal shows? Have you ever been? Is it worth it? Is it a waste of time? I’ve never been to one, but I wanted to get some opinions to see if I really need to go or not.
Post # 3
I haven’t been to that one but overall they can be good to see different vendors, but don’t give out your email at the door for the giveaway because it will be spammed.
Post # 4
I enjoyed going just for the experience and to see what it was all about. If you already have several things booked, it won’t take you that long to go through the whole show. From what I can remember there several travel agencies, only about 1-2 caterers, 1-2 bakeries, Lots of store sponsors for gift registries (Kohls, Belk, etc…) Tux rentals, venues, photographers, Invitations…
I had already booked my photographer and venue, so alot of the booths were not useful to me. I did like being able to look through the invitation books and I picked up several good honeymoon destination magazines.
Post # 5
I am newly engaged also, so No, I have never been to a bridal show, but I plan on attending the one coming up this weekend on the 9th. I have absolutely nothing booked so I think it will be a fun experience. Are you planning to bring your Fiance with you? I am.
Post # 6
@GAlovesTX: I was thinking about going to the one this weekend also. I will just go by myself if I go. Fiance is not into the whole wedding thing like I am.
Post # 7
I went to one in Columbus, GA last week. It was alright, though there was too much going on and not enough time to actually talk to vendors. The exciting part of the expo? We “won” a free honeymoon! Or so we thought…. Dinner4two.com called us and said we won, we just have to go to a culinary demonstration to receive our free honeymoon. Since I live in Athens, I got snowed in and couldn’t go to the demo. My fiance decided to go and talk to the people coming out of the demo (to see if it was worth it for me to drive there the next day). Turns out, you have to buy something from them… and they lied to me that whole time! I wouldn’t recommend them for anything EVER. Ugh.
Post # 8
I have to add my .02 on bridal shows. I don’t really like them. I feel they’re mostly for “farming” leads/brides for their businesses.
Like another bride here, back in the day (when I married xh) I “won” a free cake and setup from the vendor I had actually ALREADY purchased my cake from. So they threw in the “free” setup. The giveaways are somewhat real, a few of them are imho, but others are with a catch (like them getting all your info).
As a bride, I felt better using resources like weddingbee.com and visiting their shops myself to get an accurate feel for what their services offered.
You get free, excellent advice here and honest feedback from other georgia brides. No tickets to purchase, no giving out your info. I like this site and how it really helped me get the look/feel/day of our dreams, with no visit, not once to a bridal show!
Post # 9
I went to a bridal show at the beginning of my engagement and had a lot of fun! Didn’t get any vendors out of it though and now I get all kinds of crap e-mail that I cant unsubscribe from, so I would vote no for going to one. There are plenty of other resources that can help you without all the hassle
Post # 10
Amen Ktisthatbees! I support local vendors, but having had experience in sales, I know what these shows are for. For drumming up business.
I don’t want anybody else’s ideas. My own were just fine!
I have enough spam to open a cannery and make my own by now, so the last thing I wanted was to get on MORE mailing lists. Also don’t like getting calls from people trying to sell me things either.
Post # 11
Bridal shows are hit or miss. I went to one and hated it and went to another and ended up finding our photographer. They were having a contests for most original engagement photo theme idea. I entered my idea and we ended up winning a free enagement session with them. However, when you put your contact info on some vendor lists, you end up getting called and offered “free honeymoons” as kperry3 mentioned.
I would advise you go with a “game plan” in mind. For instance, if you know you need a DJ and photographer…so focus on that. These bridal shows can be overwhelming, crowded and tiring. Sometimes, there’s way too much going on at once and some brides can be a little…over zealous. I was definitely pushed out of the way at a few booths at one show in particular.
There was one bridal show I did really enjoy. It was the first show ever hosted in the area and not a lot of people knew about it so it wasn’t crowded and you had time to talk to vendors. It was low key and relaxing with plenty of catering samples to go around!
I am interested in hearing about the Georgia Bridal show. Now that I’m getting into the wedding photography business, I’m considering going as a vendor.
Post # 12
The only show I wanted to ever attend was the not-wedding. That was at Opera last year I think? Where the vendors come and you are a guest at three differently styled weddings. The vendors stage the different weddings and receptions. I think having the perspective of being a guest at a wedding changes things.
Sounded fun to me, and that’s as close as I’d want to go to going to one of those shows. With the internet, reading honest reviews here at WB from other brides, I think it’s so much easier these days.
Post # 13
Thaks for the input ladies. I didn’t end up going last week and not sure if I’m going to go to one at all. I have found lots ideas here and all over the internet already. Maybe I don’t need to spend the money anyway.
Post # 14
I’m going to be coming down this weekend for the wedding show, I’m mainly going just because I’m from just outside of Nashville & I’m thinking of having the wedding down there so I want to be able to actually meet some people & get more information in my hand. I just went to the one here in Nashville this past weekend, I had a lot of fun & tons of cake samples! For $10 I don’t really feel like I’m wasting money because its fun & it’ll give you a lot of ideas.. Just be careful not to give your phone number out a lot or you will receive a ton of phone calls.
Post # 15
The only “bridal show” I attended was at Swoozies…and I would actually recommend it if you are interested in items from their store. It was small (25 attendees or so) and you could actually talk to them about invitations, etc. I walked away with a percentage off coupon I could use 10 times, and a free box of monogrammed note cards just for attending. There was also no spam afterwards!
However, I fully support setting up a spam email account to use at Bridal shows, I know I used my real email address at David’s Bridal and I’m STILL deleting spam from them over 2 years later.
Post # 16
i would agree. bridal shows are hit or miss. i would look them up and see some of the vendors on their site to see what kind of vendors there will be. the one bridal show i liked so far as a bride and vendor was bridal extravaganza. all the rest i could do without.