Post # 1
Hi, I’ve read numerous posts here on the board about people being stalked by bridal show vendors. There is one coming up this weekend in my area (seattle). Do you think it’s worth attending one? If so, what are the benefits? What should I be aware? What are your tips? Thanks!!
Post # 3
I think it’s worth it if you haven’t done much vendor research yet and haven’t booked many vendors yet. You will find many reputable, established ones all in one place and can collect a ton of research and ideas in the space of a couple of hours. However they DO stalk you afterwards so I would strongly suggest creating an email address to use exclusively for your wedding planning and only give out that email address – not your own personal or work one. For the most part I just get lots of emails, very few phone calls.
Post # 4
i think it’s good to go jsut for the experience. i had already found most vendors, but went b/c we were still trying to find a dj. the one we thought about made a presentation that made us NOT want to do business with them. so it was actually really helpful just for that.
unless you don’t mind junk mail, DON’T SIGN UP FOR ANYTHING/GIVE OUT YOUR EMAIL/NUMBER. even the prizes they offer come with catches. i got a few calls about some sweepstakes for vacation and then after some research found out they’d want me to sit through a grueling 5 hour talk about cooking equipment. very annoying.
Post # 5
I remember the first (and only) wedding show I went to: the Seattle Wedding Show.
The cool parts were getting a bunch of vendor information, getting free stuff, and feeling normal about being a bride (mind you this was before Weddingbee). The down side was that certain vendors wanted to know everything about me. I didn’t get that impression from the independant or local people….just the huge conglomorate travel and registry folks. Two memories stick out in my mind…watching several brides ransack a florist’s booth (she was giving away free flowers) and finding out that a piece of tulle could cost $100-$300. I’m glad I went though, because I got a distinct impression of what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Oh, and free cake. 🙂
My two cents…go to at least one show before your wedding. There are a few other shows you can go to in the area to choose from as well:
Post # 6
I strongly suggest that you get a different email account for your wedding spam. Lots of places (even outside of bridal shows) ask for your email and they send out your emails to other people (ie. David Bridals). So, set up a separate account and check it once a week to filter through it.
A bridal show is great – just to meet other brides and get free stuff! Plus, it’s a fun day out with your bridesmaids.
Post # 7
Stalked? Really…lol – I must have missed thoes I’ll have to go look for them.
I’ve been to 2 here in my area – and never had that issue. They all do raffles and give aways but never gotten anything more then the random mailing (snail mail) or sale announcement in my e-mail box mayeb once or twice tops.
I found that at least at the one in my area, if you book people then you save HUGE and if you mention you saw them at the fair they give you a discount at a later time.
The show helped my FH see things up close, he’s not really a "catolog" kinda guy. I went to the first one with my then Maid/Matron of Honor and the second with Future Mother-In-Law and FH – it was a blast both times and I got so much free stuff!
Post # 8
Oh that’s right there are often coupons & discount cards given out by vendors – I got one for 15% off a wedding gown if bought within 2 months after the show at a really awesome bridal shop. So it’s worth it for those! Sweeney I can’t believe you only got one or two emails from vendors though. That’s awesome. I’ve probably had over 100 since the show I attended a year ago.
Post # 9
Thank you all! That’s valuable information!