How much time will you spend at bridal show?

posted 3 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I went to one (the Ottawa bridal show) and I really didn’t like it. We probably only spent an hour at the show and I was really disappointed. My favourite part was the free magazines aha. I just really didn’t like how pushy the vendors were and so we didn’t stay long – I felt like I was constantly being pounced on. I think if I didn’t already have a list of ‘dream vendors’ or my wedding planned out in my head, I would have stayed longer to get more ideas. I think how long you stay depends on your personality, how focused you are on winning the prizes or contests that vendors and the bridal shows hold, and how much planning you have already done/how many vendors you have already booked.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@negmeg:  I went to one by the Airport in September and didn’t like it, we were there for maybe an hour. 

We found it best for meeting photographers as it was important to us to find someone that we liked on a personal level as well. In the end we couldn’t go with them anyway as there is another bridal show on our wedding day and we wouldn’t get both their main photographers.

Otherwise it was a lot of pushy people trying to sign you up for registries or vacations and lots of decor companies.

Cake tasting was nice 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t really find them helpful. I went just to have that experience but I only used one of the vendors there and I was already planning on using them before I went to the show. I stayed long enough for the prize drawings because the DJ (who was doing all the annoucements) asked me for my name so he could purposely draw my name for one of the prizes. Kind of shady but I got $50 towards linen rentals and don’t feel bad 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

A couple hours is enough. They’re not that exciting to be honest.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I spent an hour – if that – at a montreal wedding show in September! I was expecting for it to be way better but I’m giving it another try on Saturday and maybe spending two hours there!

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went to one in the fall Downtown T.O at convention center… much like previous posters, I also didn’t stay much longer than an hour….pushy vendors etc made for a sort of unpleasant experience.  For wedding planning in GTA, I personally found the best resource to be Wedluxe magazine..

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The only reason why I’m going this Sunday is because the bakery that I want to get my wedding cake from is having a sale for 20% off if you book at the show. That 20% goes a long way when its a $900 cake LOL. I plan on spending about 30mins MAX.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I went to one in September, and it was good! I liked it a lot, I actually didn’t really find any vendors to be overly pushy? I walk away though when I feel like they’re getting annoying haha.  We actually found our limo guy, and our DJ too through the show.  I’m going to the one in 2 weeks here, it’s a larger version of the September one, hoping to find more vendors.

Side note, any bees drag their FI to these? Haha, mine loved me after the first one. 😉

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Scorpio88:  LOL my FI liked it because he is very involved groom.. But he REALLY loved the cake tastings, and went for seconds and thirds! ^_^

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MsBark:  Haha, that’s good!  FI and I have booked everything together, he’s pretty involved, but he really doesn’t care about the small details (or the fashion show..ahem..that I might have made him sit through with 50 other women). I wish ours had some cake tasting though! We need to book a cake decorator.

Unrelated note, I LOVE your wedding date (it’s our anniversary). 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you haven’t done much planning yet and this show is local to where you will actually get married, then it’s possible that you could spend the whole day there talking to vendors and getting a feel for who you like.

OR you can do the show the “speedy” way and just race around picking up every business card and brochure there is, before spending hours online looking at websites. Which is not a bad strategy, you’d be surprised how many places will be there that you have never heard of or found in your internet searches. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think it depends on the show. We are at the point now where we have done most of our planning but at the beginning it was fun to go with my fiance and just kind of look at all the different ideas and things and see what he likes. It was easier than getting him to look at magazines lol. We stayed maybe 2 to 3 hours but I hate crowds. 

 

Briderella Blog is giving away a pair of free tickets to the Wedding Room show at the Arcadian Court in February. That one is suppose to be a nice high-end show. I am all planned out but if anyone wants to go, check out their contest on their page. They are also pretty good about posting highlights from the Toronto shows so you can get ideas if you miss the show.

 

 

 

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