(Closed) Bridal Shows… Worth it?

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I went to one and it seemed like a big waste. I didn’t really get any helpful information – just a bunch of non-stop e-mails. Although, I do think I got a complimentary subscription to Modern Bride out of it, so that was good.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I recently attended one at the place I’m getting married.  It was nice to see how people flowed through the room.  Plus even though I’ve done most of my wedding planning it still gave me some ideas.  It was free admission and there was a chocolate fountain with strawberries & cream puffs, among other yummy treats! I think they are fun and worth going to at least one when you are engaged! 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I went to the San Diego Bridal Bizaar.  It sucked.  I accumulated a ton of brochures and business cards (that I didn’t use) and the runway show only featured gowns from the shops that were there (not a great selection).  Except for one lead on a honeymoon destination, it was a waste of my time.

Post # 6
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390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve been to two.  The first was completely overwhelming, but it helped me see what was out there.  I got some ideas about music, the honeymoon, and such, but mostly acquired tons of cards and information sheets.  Oh and so many phone calls and emails that I could have done without.  The second show was much better.  I didn’t feel so overwhelmed and won a gift basket less than 5 minutes after my arrival.  Also, I was contacted a few days later and told I won $250 in travel cards.  I was pleased with my winnings already, but it gets better.  About a week after the show I was contacted and told that I won the grand prize….a $1000 gift certificate to be used with any of the vendors from the show!  My photographer, musicians, and bridal salon were all present, so I know I won’t have trouble spending it!  I’d say it was all worth it!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I went to a couple in Boston that were great- free gifts, great coupons, make-up and hair consults, bridal fashion show- great!

Then I went to one in the ‘burbs and it was craptastic- super cheesy items for sale, pushy vendors, generic photogs, etc.

So I think if you are near a metropolitan area they are pretty good- if you are in the burbs- there’s a limited selection of vendors.

Overall though I had fun with my Maid/Matron of Honor and my mom.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went to one right after I got engaged, and that is where I found my DJ and Photog…other than the venue those are the only "outside’ service vendors I’m using, everyone else is friends or family, so it worked out great, cause I know I was overwhelmed before I found them!

Post # 9
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765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I went to one and it was such a waste of time and money.  Plus, every time you gave someone your name, you "won" some sweepstakes prize that everyone won.  I was getting calls for weeks about hair removal and personal training packages 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I went to the big one in Seattle and had a good experience, enjoyed the fashion show, and felt like I got my money’s worth in catering and cake samples alone. I got a lot of ideas and used the endless pile of brochures as a starting point for my baker/photographer/florist search, but so far haven’t booked any vendors because of it. Especially with flowers, it really helps me to see what they do in person. I had a similar experience with one in the burbs… it had way fewer vendors and the only thing I got out of it was a good tux rental coupon that I could have probably attained elsewhere.

Post # 11
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538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve been to two and they were both great. The first was with my sister and she found her wedding planner, photographer and band all in one day, with the expectation that she wouldn’t book anything that day. She actually didn’t book that day, she looked around and realized they were, in her opinion, the best for her.

The second I went to was gorgeous. It was pre-engagment and I loved everything about it. Many vendors, I am now interested in were there. I can’t make it this year due to a trip and I’m pretty bummed out about it.

Post # 12
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

ES123, I feel like we went to the same bridal show.  All i remember was that they had no good vendors and a lousy fashion show… the only good freebie was the Modern Bride magazine. Oh… and i also remember saying we wasted money on parking.

Post # 13
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51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If anything, I think bridal shows are good for the little free gifts, free samples of cake, and the hope that they give me that I could win a free honeymoon or something like that.  I’ve only gone to one show and we won a pair of crystal flutes, so I guess it’s worth it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I went to one when I first got engaged.  It was ok, but I definitely had better luck finding vendors on my own or through friends’ suggestions.  It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t terribly impressed either.

Post # 15
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I went to one in Boston and was disappointed, but that may be because I’m getting married in North Carolina and did not have the benefit of having too many national vendors that I could use so far away.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If its free its just something to and try to win some free stuff.

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