Post # 1
I actually went to two. One on Saturday and One on Sunday. The one on Saturday was at a gorgeous venue in Raleigh and it was very intimate. The one yesterday was crazy busy. It was in Greenville about three minutes from our apartment. And we actually made FI go to this one. (The other was just me and my mom) It was just a great experience. I’ve never had so much food. Eating breakfast that morning was a big mistake. I also learned that I need to print off labels for the next show I go to. I signed up for so many raffles and newsletters. Yikes.
Does anyone have any fun stories about a bridal show?
Post # 3
I don’t have funny stories, but I do love the pictures from the Photo booths with my girls and my future sister and mom. It really made me wish we had the money for one, or were creative enough to make one ourselves. Oh well I’ll just sit over here and dream about them some more! I am glad you had fun!
Post # 4
@xo_triciazach_xo: Me and my mom did the photo booths at both places! We really want one but just can’t seem to fit it in our budget.
We were thinking of buying a polaroid camera and hiring someone for the day to do a “DIY” photobooth.
Haha, hopefully it won’t be too cheesy or sucky!
Post # 5
@crh1729: I fell in love with a camera that took instant pictures. I almost bought one for the guest book, but then couldn’t get myself enough reasons to do it. Now it doesn’t really fit into the budget anyways. I am sure that it won’t look suckish. Not to mention there are so many creative bees on this site, I am sure one of them has exactly what you are looking for in a DIY Photobooth!
Post # 6
@crh1729: We just went to a bridal show last weekend. It was really fun and FMIL, my mom, and I got in a photo booth they had set up. It was hilarious. Needless to say rubber chickens, viking helmets, bad facial hair and wigs were involved.
This is pretty funny too: So I live in a small town… There was a girl who was four years ahead of me in high school who had my EXACT same first and last name. Joy. Soooo, fast forward to last year when she started dating a guy in FI’s family. Fast Forward to now when they are engaged. She was at the same bridal show last weekend. We signed up for a lot of the same prizes, etc. Apparently she won something very nice. I know this because everybody and their mom was congratulating ME for winning. And they had the winners names printed in the local paper. Um, no. Sad face….that was the other girl with my same name 🙁
Post # 7
yeah labels are such a great idea. I went to two this weekend and forgot to do that again for them! I’m going to one this weekend I need to do that this week before I go this weekend!! Thanks for the reminder.
Here is my advice as I’ve been to 3 already and going to another this weekend at our reception venue.
1. Take your own large bag. A lot of time they don’t provide bags
2. Try not to wear a coat as they get bulky and difficult to carry
3. Have your own pen!
4. Don’t eat before hand
5. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you’ll most likely be walking on hard floors and after a few hours be prepared for sore feet if not.
6. Take people whom won’t RUSH you at tables. (My mom has been horrible about it twice now and doesn’t look good if you have to bicker at each other).
7. Most importantly HAVE FUN and EAT the food/cake/chocolate! 🙂
8. Oh and my best advice…create an email for you and your man to use that is not your personal email…you WILL get TONS of wedding emails if not.
Good luck ladies! 🙂
Post # 8
Bring paper clips! They hand you cards, flyers and brochures. Nice to keep it altogether right from the get-go. My fiancé and I went to a total of 5 shows together and we love them. So much fun, lots to learn, and lots of goodies. Here’s a fun story for you: after a great but exhausting bridal show day, we found ourselves at a photo booth and well, this is what happens when two engaged actors are tired and silly at the end of a bridal show:
So tempted to put that on our Save The Dates. 😉 Or these, ala 80’s glam!
Post # 9
@Cornflakegirl: I love your pictures! So fun! I am sure your family and friends would love them if you put them on STDs because they probably all know what kind of people you are!
Post # 10
@xo_triciazach_xo: Ha! Thanks. I think they’d get a kick out of it. As if to say, “Ya don’t wanna miss *this* one!” 😉 We’ll probably go more traditional and sweet…but it sure is fun to imagine the gasps of some of the more, shall we say, conventional guests should they receive something like the above pics on a STD. I’ll reserve that weapon should it come to it. hehe 🙂
Post # 11
I HIGHLY recommend creating a separate “wedding focused” email. They bombard you with emails and offers, and you don’t want to have those cluttering your email for services you already have!
Also, I’d recommend taking multiple people with you. If there are 3 of you canvassing the area, you’ll be able to visit all the different booths and get more information! This may not be necessary for every show since some are small, but it’s always nice to have a second opinion, in case you get too excited and forget some details 😉