Post # 1
Has anyone attended a bridal show? What did you like/not like about them? Did you find vendors there that you will use for your wedding? Did you receive favors from the vendors? Did you get better deals that day?
Post # 3
I didn’t attend one until I was almost done planning but still decided to go anyways. I went with my mom and a few members of my Bridal Party. We had so much fun looking at the flowers and trying food. I also got a great discount on a limo. Other places that seem to offer discounts are florists and photo booths. Even if I hadn’t gotten the limo deal I would not have regretted going because I had so much fun. I also chose my florist and rehearsal dinner caterer from this show. Everything else was booked for our wedding or I may have booked more vendors from the show.
Post # 4
I have mixed feelings about bridal shows. Some of the ones I went to were awesome and super entertaining. Others were very blah. My general experience has been that the vendors who exhibit at these are sort of overpriced – though i did find my florist at one (she was just starting out and was going to shows to try to get more clientel) and I’m saving about $1k by using her, over other quotes I’ve received. In short, they’re a mixed bag. 🙂
Post # 5
I agree with previous posters that the vendors at wedding shows are generally overpriced. There are some vendors worth looking into, though, and it’s nice being able to talk to representatives in person instead of through a website or phone call. And yes, some vendors will give you a discount if you found them through a bridal expo.
I went to 2 bridal shows as a bridesmaid and plan on going to one in June for the first time as a bride. The real reason to go (at least why I’m going) is because they have wedding dresses at majorly discounted prices. The bride whose wedding I was in found her dress at a bridal expo. It was over $1,000 but she got it for $600.
Plus there’s always free food!
Post # 6
all the shows I have been to had been relatively good. They have lots of door prizes and things for teh brides to win as well as the ones I went to had fashion shows as well which was nice to see all the styles! I used all my finds at the shows as good research and to compare vendors. They often had show discounts if you booked at the show or within so many days etc. They are great to go for ideas and comparing different things because you see everything in person.
Post # 7
Pros of bridal shows: LOTS OF FOOD SAMPLES; occassionally you get some good information and/or find a vendor you are interested in. We booked our DJ from a bridal show (but no other vendors).
Cons of bridal shows: Always super crowded; tons of vendors constantly showing insincere “CONGRATULATIONS” and interest in “your big day” to try to win your business. Both of these factors make them nearly unbearable to me. Also, all the vendors at these shows are typically geared toward big, expensive weddings… so if you are somewhat of a non-traditional or out-of-the-box bride like I am, you may not get a lot of use.
Post # 8
It was okay, there’s a lot of vendors of every kind! I had most of my vendors picked so it was more just for fun!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your comments!
Post # 10
Definetly agree with FutureMrsLAL . Vendors geared toward bigger weddings and are expensive. They are definetly fun though, and you get to eat lots of free cake 🙂 The dresses are usually a good deal, especially if you show up at the end of the show when they cut the prices like mad so they don’t have to pack them up (I got mine for $100)
Lots of contests for free services, but be prepared to be spamed with calls after… I went to one in January and put down my FH number as contact info since I was switching numbers… He is STILL getting harrassed by photographers etc!!
Post # 11
THIS! My suggestion is make a new email address and google voice number just for wedding stuff. Otherwise, you will be bombarded with all sorts of wedding, and non-wedding realted spam emails and phonecalls.