(Closed) Bridal Shows: Have you been?

posted 8 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I’ve been to one before, and I’m going to another tomorrow, specifically to search for a DJ! I think they’re very chaotic, but I had a blast last time…I’m super excited about the one tomorrow!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

as i bride i learned the hard way to never give out a number you wouldnt want telemarketers to have. i got spammed for a month straight after my first one, and im still getting spammed for my second one. normally i wouldnt mind but they are using up my minutes! lol

but its a great way to see everything in one spot!

Post # 5
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I never liked going to them much.  It seems like they just target the brides and bombard them so much.  Also, I would sign up for everything at these shows and I never once won a thing.  And some people would win multiple times!

They are kind of expensive to go to too!

Post # 8
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3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Re: spam

I made an account on evoice.com and got a virtual voicemail. When people call the number it goes to a recording and they leave a message.  The system sends you an email when you get a new vm.

Post # 10
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I too have only been to one as a vendor. I also never spam my brides; however, I do know a lot of others’ that do. I just think that is wrong. I always enjoy them as a vendor and I always have a lot of give aways. Brides and their families don’t have to give out any information to get them. The only time I ask for their information is if they decide to enter the drawing for the bigger give away. Then I will at least need their correct address and/or their phone number or email, so that I can send them the item(s).

I always enjoy meeting and talking with everyone who stops by my table. And if they have questions or need advice, I am happy to answer and give to them.

Setting up a separate email and preprinting address/phone informatio are both really good ideas. The evoice suggestion looks like a good one too. I have never heard of that, so I will have to check it out.

When going to a show though, be sure to visit as many relevant booths as you can and make sure to get/bring a bag to put all your info/samples in, so when you get home you can dump it all out and sort through what you want to revisit and what you just want to throw away. Then sort through it again, and then take a breath and reveiw it the following day.

Many vendors at the shows offer deeper discounts than if you would visit them in person and/or shop from their site or talk to them on the phone. If you can book appointments through the show, I suggest you do so, so that you can get the show price. It is just an appointment and you don’t have to go with them if you find out after talking to them at the appointment that they aren’t what you are looking for.

I am looking forward to going to my next show as just a bride. I can hardly wait.

Post # 11
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2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to one in December with my mom and it wasnt all that, but it was fun. The problem is Im not getting married anywhere near where I live and it was just vendors from the area. I thought maybe I would get some really neat ideas, but there was just one of each type of vendor at the show because it was fairly small. I had a good time though. There was free champagne and h’ors douvres, free cookies and samples of cake, a jewelry vendor (who I think Ill look at again!) and a dress show! I found out about the salon I got my dress from so I guess that was a plus! And it was fun to spend the day with my mom Smile

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