(Closed) are bridal expos/shows worth it??

posted 8 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

If it’s free there is no harm in going. Maybe you will get a free sample of cake.

Tip: Make an email account specifically for wedding stuff so your regular email doesn’t get slammed with wedding stuff. I’m still getting email from people trying to get my business, and I was married 3 months ago!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The only thing I enjoy is taste testing the cakes!!!!!  Otherwise, I find them to be kinda of pointless.  But…if you’ve never gone to one, you should go to form your own opinion.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Sure, they’re worth it! If nothing else, you can collect information from a variety of venues, photographers, bakeries, etc. to get an idea of price ranges in your area. And taste cakes, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, they always give away good stuff, like photography packages and honeymoons, so make sure you enter everything you would want to win!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have fun going.  It’s a nice way to spend a few hours.  Sometimes there is free sweets, sometimes there’s nothing free.  It’s still fun though!

Post # 7
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614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I went just for the experience, but I’d done a lot of wedding research and had booked a lot of things prior to going. It was a disappointment, and I felt bombarded. I got a couple of ideas, though. I also went to an open house at my venue– these are a great idea, but again, I’d already booked everybody. My catering and cake vendors were there though–I got to have a tasting of the food for free instead of paying for it, so that was worth it.

 

also, I still get a million emails from wedding vendors. and I’ve been married 9 months.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Jacqi: Great suggestion about the seperate email. After going to them I always get tons of emails. It’s a little annoying.

 

@MamaHusky3: They are a great experience. I love to taste the cakes and food, and I also got a lot of ideas. I also saw some ideas I had in my head in real life. I’ve been to 2 of them, a small one and a really large one. I won things at both. At the large one, I won a free veil and also a $300 gift card to a laser hair removal place. You never know, you may win some free stuff!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I went to a few while I was planning and in the end they were pretty pointless for me. I guess if you wind up finding some awesome vendor that you didn’t find via online searching it would be sweet. Or if you actually won a honeymoon package or something. In the end though I thought they were chaotic, not enjoyable except for trying food samples, and pointless in my planning at least.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh and I’d also like to add that I completely regret putting my e-mail down anywhere. 5 months past the wedding and I still have to block random vendors that keep giving my information around.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Adding yet another post lol sorry!

If you go to one, I highly recommend printing out some sticky labels with your information on it so you don’t have to repeatedly write your info down on the forms you fill out to win stuff. Saves a ton of time and maybe you won’t leave with a sore back from bending over to write the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

YES…GO GO GO!  They are awesome!  You can get so many great and wonderful ideas there!  Most of the vendors have samples of their of cakes, centerpieces, table set-ups, invitations, etc…  They also have some awesome raffles!  The last one I attended I won the grand prize of the day…..a honeymoon in Hawaii!  I had honestly thought these types of “grand prizes” were fake and a way to get brides to attend BUT that was so not the case!  Here’s the proof, me and my hubby in Maui!

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i like them! i have been to two with my fun, its a fun way to spend time together and i won bridal portraits at the last one!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

YES YES YES. I had awesome luck at bridal expos. I won a bachelorette package in Chicago (hotel suite and 4 hour transportation package w/ a trolley or double decker bus), a 10 pc. cookware set from BBB. I will have to agree with previous posters though and make a separate wedding e-mail account.  I get a lot of updates. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i went to 3 or 4, all after i’d already booked a lot of vendors. it was most helpful for cake testing–got to try a bunch of different companies at a time! and it was good to see other vendors to reaffirm the decisions i’d already made

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