(Closed) Bridal shows

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are bridal shows a big waste of time?
    Yes, went and hated it. : (6 votes)
    27 %
    No, loved it and will go again. : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Meh.. : (8 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
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    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I keep meaning to go but missing them for some reason.  I’ve had the flu or something for over a week, so I missed the one last weekend.  I’ll probably go to the next big one, but I don’t intend to make a habit of going to all of them.  I imagine it would be overwhelming, but fun and informational.

    Post # 4
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I love bridal shows. I’ve been to about a dozen and I’m already registered for a few more in the next few weeks. I dont think they are a waste of time at all but thats probably because we hired or are planning to hire a number of our wedding vendors after meeting them at wedding shows. 

    Post # 5
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    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I went to 3 and some were ok, I got some ideas mostly.  I noticed there were some good deals on certain vendors – DJ, florist/party rental combo places and transportation.  Otherwise it was a waste of time for me.  I didn’t book any vendors from the fairs and I didn’t win anything.  So if you have to pay to go, I wouldn’t.  If it’s free, it might be worth checking out.

    Post # 6
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    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve gone to two in my life, once when I was a bridesmaid and once a few months ago after getting engaged.  I can speak more of the 2nd one, as I was much more in a wedding understanding place…I’m glad I went and I had fun.  I enjoyed getting the free things I got, and it was a good way to get a sense of what’s out there.

    That being said, for ME personally, I don’t know if i’d want to go again.  Of course because they need to be, they’re very pushy and sales focused, which is not the best way for me to make a decision.  though we took lots of information from people at the show, I don’t think we looked at it again.  (I think all I did look at afterwards were the bridal magazines to get dress ideas).

    I think though, it’s worth saying that we had already figured out our location prior to the show (who takes care of many of the small details that others may need to do more research on).  So, we weren’t necessarily going in looking for wedding locations, caterers, or bakers which are all big things to consider.

    I guess I would suggest going once, because in my experience it was a fun way to get more excited about the wedding and get free stuff.  🙂  But I don’t think I’d go to another one.  (Mostly too because we now have all of our vendors figured out).

    Post # 7
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    It was fun and I got some ideas, but overall it was like Too Much Information. There were hundreds of vendors and it was SO PACKED. The vendors I did want to go to (the venues I had in mind whose booths I actually found) were busy talking to other people, so I couldn’t even talk to them.

    They had some decent dress deals (where you could get some $ off if you bought that day), but I’d already bought my dress, and overall the deals didn’t seem that great.

    A lot of vendors had prize drawings and things like that, but despite signing up for the ones that I felt I may use their services, I never won anything (not that I was really expecting it, but it would have been nice). :

    Overall, I think if you are an extrovert and enjoy going out and being around people, it would be a fun experience for you. For me, it was just too busy and too many people. We left after seeing about 1/3 of it after 2 hours. I’m glad I went, but I WON’T be going to another one.

    Post # 9
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    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My Fiance and I went to the Seattle Wedding Show a couple of weeks ago, and it was awesome!!! I am in the wedding industry, but I don’t have a booth at that show yet because there is a waiting list, but I really wanted to go as a bride. Boy am I glad I did. I got a ton of freebies and most of our vendors were there, and they were giving additional discounts that they are honoring for us, even though we had already booked them. For example, 10% more off of hair and makeup, 20% off of tableware, $40.00 off each tux rental, plus a free suit up to $400.00 for Fiance, and 10% more off of our cake. Those savings more than made up for the fee that we had to pay to get in. We didn’t win anything extra, but we feel like winners with the additional savings. I highly suggest going to at least one of the big ones in your area. The smaller ones without fees are nice, and they do have freebies but not as much as the bigger ones. Also, if you go, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and go early before the crowds get there. I really don’t think you will regret it.

    Post # 10
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I went to a few.  Two were free, one was pay entry.  I actually booked every vendor except my venue through someone I met at a bridal show. 

    The one I had to pay for was late in the process, but one of my bridesmaids was in town, and it was just a super fun bonding time, and a chance for her to feel involved in the planning process.  I booked my hair stylist and cake baker there too, so it worked out well.

    Post # 11
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    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think its pretty useful if you are still looking for vendors/ideas. I go to enter the prize drawings too!

    Post # 12
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We went to one and it was fun! But it was more about bonding and getting together. Fiance, my mom, Maid/Matron of Honor and Future Mother-In-Law all went for lunch and then checked out the show together. We had already decided on most of our vendors, but it was neat to go and see everything!

    Post # 13
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    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve been to a few bridal shows. They are a great way to get ideas, prices and in touch with local vendors you might otherwise not know about. I would give it a shot and try attend one if i were you.

    Post # 14
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    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I went with my Fiance.  He said it was the best $5 (cost of admission) lunch he’s ever had.  He thoroughly enjoyed the tastings.

    Post # 15
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    3166 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i shudder at the thought of going to another one.

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