Post # 1
So tomorrow my FMIL and I (our relationship has done a 180 since we became engaged and we are now getting along great) are going to a bridal expo! And I am excited to go i just dont know what to expect! so have you been? did you like it? would you reccomend going???
Post # 3
@kansas_nurse: I know bridal expo’s are not for everyone but I had fun at the few I went to. It is a great way to get info on vendors!! And possible win free stuff too. Just make sure you have the ability to say “no thank you not interested” when needed! People can be persistent, but keep in mind it is their livelyhood
I HIGHLY recommend that you set up a fake email address too. If you give your email out you will get email from any and everyone at the bridal show.
Have fun and enjoy it, you only get to do it once!!
Post # 4
I had a lot of fun at them but I honestly didnt book any of the vendors from them. I suggest printing your name/fiances name phone number and email on labels as every vendor will ask for your info.
Post # 5
@kansas_nurse: Go way to get the lay of the land in wedding world, but overall a waste of time IMO. I went with friends, they were bored. One good thing I did was make mailing labels with my name, address, email (with a specific wedding address) and wedding date. Saved me so much time!
Post # 6
I am very wary and cynical of the wedding industry so I only went to one, and my maid of honour came along too.
We got some nice free stuff but I also met a custom jeweller who ran his own studio in a trendy part of Sydney. I had a very unusual design in mind and he made it seem very achievable. We met up with him later and he made the wedding band of my dreams!!
So I don’t think it’s a bad idea to go but perhaps prepare to be bombarded. We went late in the day and really, hardly any of the vendors ambushed us.
Post # 7
I went to one last winter and really enjoyed it! DH and I were able to find our baker and our photographers.
The the free samples from caterers and bakers and the bridal fashion show was really exciting!
Post # 8
@kansas_nurse: I’ve been to one and had fun, but they aren’t really for anyone on a budget nor are they really good for semi-destination brides unless he expo is in the same city as the wedding. The raffles would have been worth it, though. I didn’t personally win, but would have been super excited if we had.
Post # 9
I went to one and it was fun, but it was totally overwhelming. I only managed to last about an hour before I needed to leave. I did find my photographer there, though!
Post # 10
I went to one with a friend for a laugh. I was interested to see the fashion shoes but it’s like they bought every ugly dress along in their stores instead of the pretty stuff. Best thing was the chocolate fountain samples though!
Post # 11
I’ve gone to 4 different bridal shows…we actually won a free engagement shoot (with AMAZING photographers that we decided to book for the wedding later on)…I like going to get ideas. I know not everyone likes them…and the downside is your email will blow up because they give all the vendors your email buuuuuuuuuuuuut I created a seperate email account just for wedding stuff, so I don’t mind that as much. Just have fun, enjoy trying cake and get lots of ideas 🙂
Post # 12
I loved it, we went to a small fall wedding show last month, the big one is in January, and I’m going with my girlfriends cause FI will kill me if I drag him to another one hahah.
It was great to get ideas, and we got discounts on a lot of things. We are most likely booking our limo service from a vendor we met there, and last week FI got a follow up call from a suit company for 50% off his suit.
Post # 13
We went. It was good, it prompted us to start planning the wedding. We didn’t book anything on the day at the Expo but we did end up selecting some of the companies we’d seen there.
Post # 14
wow thanks everyone! I am defenitly setting up an alternate e-mail address to handle the overflow of info….Im very excited because there will be alot of photographers there and that is a big one i still have yet to even narrow down!
Post # 15
I never go to places like that because it’s more about marketing. I hate feeling pressured and being told what I ”need” (yeah right) in my wedding. If you already know what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to pay, you can meet professionals and maybe get promotions there, but if you’re like me, not really into all the fancy stuff surrounding a wedding, it’s just like spending 3 hours in a TV commerdial, non-stop.
Post # 16
DEFINITELY an alternate email address. And be prepared to get random phone calls telling you that you won a honeymoon. They’re scams. Also, be wary of any prize you win – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t write your name down unless you really want more info.
FWIW, I went to one big bridal show at the convention center downtown and I HATED it – everything was cheap and just…tacky (sorry!) looking. There were a total of 15 florists, and all but two were silk flower florists. WTF? One of them had dogs made out of fake flowers on display, and all the people working the booth were wearing wedding dresses. It was bizzare. The photographers were horrible, the DJs were high pressure – it just wasn’t fun, at all. I basically walked around with my MOH, went to some photobooths, and left. Even the free food and cake samples were disgusting.
Then, later in the year, I went to one with my mom that was fancy and fun. It was at one of the nicest hotels in the area, had free champagne tastings, and in general was just a lot classier and my style. Not nearly as high pressure, super gourmet and fancy food samples – it was just a lot nicer and more calm. I met our florist there (I booked appointments with several), and booked out transportation and photobooth there. So just be aware – different bridal shows have majorly different vibes.