(Closed) Are Bridal Shows Worth It?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 32
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1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I think they are worth it.  I have been to four but I probably won’t go to anymore.  My bridesmaids couldn’t attend each one together, so basically I took one to each show I attended.  But I was able to meet multiple vendors (photographers, videographers, reception venues, and caterers) at once.  And all the vendors I have decided to work with have come from me seeing them at the bridal shows.  Plus this last one I attended I received a $50 off certificate of my reception venue.  It doesn’t seem like that much but hey thats a pair of heels. Lol!

Post # 33
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2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

IT’S WORTH IT! Every bridal show I have been to I have won something. The first bridal show I went to I won $300 off a venue and a financial advisory book. We didn’t book that venue because it was too out of the way for our guests and it wasn’t my style (barnyard wedding). The second bridal show I went to I won champagne glasses (good gift for the in-laws!!!) and something else I can’t think of at this moment. The last bridal show I went to though, took the cake. I won my venue completely free!!! And it was my style! The venue is worth 4K so I saved $4000!!! How is that not worth it?

Also, I met with some really nice potential vendors while there. I got to sample cakes, wine and food from caterers. It’s fun, and I also got to see a fashion show with dresses for all of the Bridal Party and tuxes for the men. They also give you TONS of freebies and coupons in a bag.

Post # 34
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6351 posts
Bee Keeper

I went to one and I felt it was entirely a waste of time, but it’s kind of like walking through a wedding classifieds for all the most obvious stuff you already know about. Maybe thats useful to some.

I guess I was hoping there would be these awesome vendors doing awesome stuff I hadn’t heard of before and at great prices to boot…

Yeah there was none of that. Complete waste of time.

I only went to one, so YMMV.

Post # 35
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I believe bridal shows are beneficial to some people.  I went to one and I hated it.  If you have zero vendors lined up and are looking for some, it’s a great place to find them.  I would suggest not registering if you don’t have to.  That way you don’t get all of the junk mail/email from them.  It is super annoying.

Post # 36
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3681 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I went to two of them.  None of the vendors I used were ones I found at the shows.  

One of them was so crowded DH and I started having anxiety attacks and had to leave.  It was a freaking bridal stampede.  This was after I pre-registered ahead of time online to get a discount.  Well, turns out they sent coupons in the mail to everyone else who did.  I never got mine, and had to pay full price at the door because they didn’t keep a list of those who signed up early.

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