(Closed) Going to bridal expo…. what should i bring/ask/do/advice?

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you haven’t yet, create a new email just for wedding stuff.  You will be spammed like crazy if you give your email out to vendors.  

I went to one back in September, more than 2 years in advance, and they were still trying to make a hard sell once they learned my date.  Also, you want to give them your accurate date in case they give you any prices, and they later raise the price when they hear your real date, or in case they are unavailable on whatever fake date you give them but would be available for your actual date.

DO NOT sign  any vendors when you are there!!!  I know some people who have worked at those shows, and whatever special deal they are offering you will still be available if you wait and call them in a week.  If they say “X% off, but only if you sign right now,” just ignore it.  If you later tell them you’ll only sign them if they offer the same deal a week later, they definitely will.  Also, when you’re looking so far in advance, you need to do a lot of research to make sure the vendor will still be around in 2 years, so you don’t just give them your deposit then have to look for someone new before the wedding.

Even though my wedding is so far away, I wish I’d done a little more comparison when I was there.  Some vendors, especially DJs, do not give prices on their websites.  A lot of them insisted on talking on the phone before I could even get a general number.  I wish I had gone booth to booth and gotten prices.  It would have saved me a lot of time and effort later.  

Have fun!

Post # 4
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

You will need:

Fake Name

Fake Address

Fake Wedding Date

Fake Email Address


Okay, I’m joking…kind of.  The spam I got after one of the larger wedding expos was just ridiculous.  I went to sample some cake and have fun with two friends who are also engaged.  If you are seriously shopping for vendors, I still think you should use a throw-away email address.

Post # 6
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Fake email definitely. I’m still getting spammed.

Bring some water and don’t dress too warm. We went in the winter and I was overdressed and I just boiled.

Know what is the most important info on vendors you want to get. If you are asking prices write it on their business cards so that way it is easy to reference.

Have fun!!

Post # 7
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I talked about this exact thing with my wedding planner and she offered me such great advice so I wanted to share!

Definitely have a throwaway email for wedding spam, and don’t give out your phone number to a vendor unless you are genuinely interested in their services. 

Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet a lot. 

Only enter contests if you really must have the prize.  Many places use the contests as a way to get your info and send spam to you. 

While collecting information from vendors, fold the corners down on those that you are actually interested in. That way when you get home you can pull out the stuff with folded corners and trash the rest. 

Most of all, have fun and enjoy the event!  We are going to a local bridal show tomorrow as well, and I’m super excited!!

Post # 9
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Photographers.  Videographers.  Planners and DOCs.  Tux rental places (a lot of them advertise their deals and specials at expos).  Bakers.  Limos.  Hair and make-up.  

Post # 10
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

make labels!

I can’t stress how easier this will be. You’ll probably want to put your information somewhere, or someone will ask for it…

I put my name, wedding date and fake email ONLY. do NOT give your telephone number. If they say they need it- tell them that they can reach you through the email and that you will not answer phone numbers that you don’t recognize so it’d be a waste of time.


But seriously, the labels are an awesome idea and it has sped up a lot of things, and saved my hand some cramps from writing the same thing over again.

Post # 11
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@future_schu: 100% agreed. Address labels with your name, address, and new spam wedding email account will save you SO MUCH TIME!!!

Wear layers and comfy shoes. Bring a bag for business cards/brochures.

Post # 13
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do you have return address labels? You can always use that.

Post # 14
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@imalittlebirdie:  I was shocked by how many different kinds of vendors there were when I went- I am so glad we started planning 2 years early!  πŸ™‚

I would advise you to take a small notebook and pen and take notes of every vendor you think you might be interested in.  You’ll probably see vendors who provide services you never even thought of, or things you didn’t think you’d want.  

Post # 16
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also:  go hungry.


FH & I had lunch about an hour before we went….  and shouldn’t have. There were so many samples – and not just cake!

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