Post # 1
So I live in Dallas and the Dallas Bridal Show and Wedding Expo is this weekend and I still haven’t decided if I should go or not. I need advice and whether these type of events are helpful or just overwhelming. Keep in mind that I have booked venues and photographer so far but nothing else. Admission is $12 per person and there would probably be three people going. Thanks in advance for the help!
Post # 3
My Maid/Matron of Honor found wedding show in our city to be very helpful, even just to give her ideas for her DIY. The admission is fairly cheap, if it overwhelmes you can always just leave.
Post # 4
I went to many bridal shows and I really enjoyed myself. However, I never had to pay as local boutiques and vendors would provide free passes for signing up with them. You should look into what is availble in your area.
I did find them much more helpful once I had a clear idea of what I wanted for our wedding. The first show I attended without a theme or idea of where/when/what etc was a bit scattered but I still had fun and got to meet a ton of vendors.
Post # 5
I found the bridal show helpful. I was able to get discounts $200 for cake and $150 off photobooth….tested all photobooths, cake testing, can win free stuff on raffles. Look at the latest wedding gowns.
Post # 6
They are both helpful and overwhelming. Just take preprinted labels with your name, email (set up a wedding email), address optional. That why your not hunched over filling out countless mailing lists.
Post # 7
Google for free tickets. I’ve been to a few bridal shows in the past and have never paid.
Post # 8
I went to it last year, and it was good for me to go. It’s a good place to find all the local vendors in one spot. I ended up booking our photo booth there and found the place for our linens/chairs rental. Definitely take someone with you, these things can get overwhelming. I found that if I just walked looking straight ahead and didn’t make eye contact, the more annoying vendors left me alone. Oh, and I also didn’t sign up for anything, I’d heard all kinds of horror stories about endless calls and solicitations so I just ignored all the sign up spots.
ETA: I also went to the Ft. Worth one that year and the Dallas one was better by FAR in my opinion. More vendors and it was much bigger!
Post # 9
One more question: I assume I should leave the groom at home, right?
Post # 10
yeah, don’t take the groom!
google for discount codes/coupons…..I was able to get in free to the one I went with my sister and my mom (and my sister got in free since she’s also a bride to be)….
Post # 11
The Dallas bridal show this weekend is one of the biggest and I went earlier this year and it was awesome. I’ll be there 🙂
Post # 12
@blushingbride612013: Wish we had done that one instead! Just got home from our first, the FW Bridal Show at the Gaylord, Texan (really closer to Dallas???) and was very disappointed. The noise level was overwhelming and so many of the vendors were cheesy, but we really wanted to see dresses in person, so I stuck it out. The fashion show was a disappointment, too – nothing unique or unusual, on either very thin or plus size models. I think next time our money would be better spent on a new stack of bridal magazines!