Post # 1
Haven’t written in a while, but got a question for ya. I recently registered to attend a bridal show, was not able to go, but received a call from them saying I had won some stuff that day and they are holding it for me. They are really fabulous prizes, including a trip to Mexico, which made me really happy since we have no extra money to do anything basically lol. But my dad said that it might be a gimick to get us to buy or listen to some kind of presentation, or something along those lines. This made me super sad as I’ve never won anything before, and if these prizes aren’t for real then it really sucks.
So on to the question: Has anyone won something at a bridal show? If so, did it have any fine print?
Post # 3
@Quackadoo: Definitely a scam.Do not get involved. Any big prizes at bridal shows need the winner to be present.
Some advice: If it sounds to good to be true…. it is.
Post # 4
Look at the bridal show page, they advertise all the prizes.
Post # 5
Definitely agree that its a scam, you will have to do SOMETHING or pay for something for those ‘prizes’ to be gifted to you.
I ‘won’ a free engagement shoot at the one I went to, it was basically a ploy to go in for a meeting with the photographer and for him to sell you on booking with him. AS much as I liked his work, he was way out of budget for us, so we even cancelled the engagement shoot, as we didn’t get anything from it anyways, unless we paid.
Post # 6
I “won” free wedding bands, but we had to sit through a cooking presentation first. Which actually wasn’t that bad, we got a free meal and it ending up saving us $600!
I also won an engagement shoot (that’s booked for the summer) … We get the shoot and one print for free, then we have to pay for the rest of the files. At best, I won a discount. But that’s okay too, I’m all about saving money.
I agree with the PPs, usually big prizes like that require you to have actually been at the show, and that you should check the website as they usually list their prizes and winners on it.
Post # 7
@jordyanna: I have had similar things. Just recently, we “won” a trip to Hawaii. It involved sitting through a 90 minute presentation, but we felt iis was worth it for a trip! We did have to pay taxes, which was $100, but still we felt it was worth it! Going on a trip to Hawaii in the middle of stressful wedding planning for only $100 was amazing!
Post # 8
scam scam scam!!!
I get WEEKLY calls from the Bridal Redemption Center (or something along those lines) about wnoderful gifts my Fiance and I have won. I don’t even return the phone calls. It’s usually a scam or a sales pitch to sit through and once you do get the voucher for the trip, you find out you have to pay taxes and fees and can only travel certain days/times of the year. Your “free” trip ends up only being a few bucks less than if you booked it yourself.
Post # 9
My Fiance and I won a night at a hotel no strings attached. We also won a $150 “gift certificate” for videography but really, it was just $150 off their package.
Post # 10
I got a call about the same thing.. Saying i won a trip for 2 or a package.. I ignored the phone calls and then told them to stop calling.. I also won a free ceremony from a venue but it was a hotel and when we viewed it, we just didn’t see ourselves getting married there.., I won free teeth whitening Too.
Post # 11
@Quackadoo: you do have to go to a demo/presentation but you DO NOT have to buy anything, else you choose to obviously.
we’ve won a few things: 2 free wedding bands, a years worth of coupons, a trip, a knife, another year of coupons and another trip.
There were SOME fine lines:
wedding bands-you pay $25/each for shipping (we actually got 3 free rings and they’re of good quality so far)
coupons (both were the same voucher)-you send this response card in with $4.95 and you get an acess code to an online site. They give you $1,000 and each coupon you chose, gets deducted from your balance. (ie: a coupon for $3 off a product, would leave you with a balance of $997)
knife-you send in a voucher with $9.95 and receive a knife with a wooden holding case. we actually bought other knives from the demo which so far seem great!
trips-you have to send in like an $80 deposit or something. I forget what it exactly it said. you only have a year to use it. if you do outside of the US, you get a 5 star hotel, if you go in the US, you get a 3-4star hotel
Post # 12
Yep I “won” a great trip too. Only when I called back to get more info on it, I had to sit through some presentation. Thought it might still be worth it until I looked into the results and how bad the reviews were. Looked up the company and it’s all bad, execpt for these random 1 time posters on all the sites. Was too fishy for me, so we skipped it. Now I get phone calls everyday from FL, MO, and CA.
Post # 13
I’ve had people call me and claim I ‘won’ some bridal package (this was because I gave David’s Bridal my info, big mistake). I declined the so-called ‘package’ and haven’t had anyone bug me since. I may or may not have told them the wedding was pushed back indefinitely. 😉
Post # 14
@Quackadoo: After I went to a bridal show I got a call saying I had won a prize: either 2 free wedding bands or a 3 day honeymoon. We had to go to a presentation to “claim” our prize. We ended up going just to check it out and it was a sales pitch for some really expensive cookware. We didn’t buy anything but we decided to claim the free honeymoon to the Bahamas. But afterwards we did the math and it honestly wasn’t worth it so we traded it in for the free wedding bands which has been a great money saver!. These types of things are not all scams, but I would look into the company and read reviews online. I believe the company that contacted us was Chef World. There were mixed reviews but it ended up working out in our favor to go with the bands. I can’t say much for the honeymoon though. 3 days was just way too short to spend so much money on flights for us.
Post # 15
omg thank you everyone! I did not expect this result, but it has totally opened my eyes. We are so new to the wedding process, and it honestly did seem too good to be true. We might just go to check it out and see the deal, but from everything you all have said it sounds exactly like how you’re describing it….too good to be true.
Thank you everyone!!!! I wish so many people weren’t out to scam couples 🙁
Post # 16
@Quackadoo: been to those shows, signed up for something, and won it before, only to find out it happens to other brides too. They want you to sign up for tons of shit, and buy stuff from them before you even get the trip.
Its a scam, stay very very far away. Chances are, they are going to call you non stop.