Post # 1
Out of curosity, have any of you attended a Bridal Show and if you have, was it a help?
I think I’ve been pretty lucky so far. Through my first bridal show, I was able to find a great bridal salon where I bought my gown from (I REFUSE to use David’s Bridal) I won a discounted rate for my preferred DJ, and won a necklace from Lia Sophia jewlery.
I attended a second bridal fair and won a $175 gift certificate for my hair. I thought this was awesome as it includes the trial, and the day of and still leaves me money to "do something extra with" should I want to put extensions in or buy product.
Have you attended a bridal show and if you have, has it hurt or helped you?
Post # 3
Good Lord I’ve been to 2 and not wond a thing! LOL. Way to go you!
I found it helpful the first time I went to get ideas, and find the names of places I wanted to look more into using. I also got a discounted rate on my DJ just for mentioning that I saw them there, but I booked them a few months after the fact.
The second time I went was still fun, a little helpful but I had already gotten so much done I didn’t find the ticket price worth it. If waslucky enough to win things like you did I would go back for sure! 🙂
Too many people to win much of anything at mine I think, at least thats what I’m telling myself for not having won anything…hehehe.
Post # 4
Wow, sounds like you banked! That’s really awesome.
I went to a bridal show a while back, and to be honest, it didn’t help me a wink. I got lots of calls from vendors for a while, but all of them were out of my price range, or not something I was looking for. I found it overwhelming, and there were so many people! Yikes. I’m not a crowd person…
Post # 5
I attended one in the city where I live, and my mom attended one in the city where I’m getting married.
The one I went to wasn’t much help except that I bought my dress there with a significant savings, and we found a photographer to do our e-pics. Otherwise, I’ve found myself getting a lot of junk mail and phone calls from make-up artists, reception venues, etc.
My mom was more successful and found a wedding coordinator at the one she went too and sent me a lot of things she had picked up.
I don’t know; we’re not having a very traditional reception, so all of the chocolate fountains, string quartets, and DJs didn’t really do it for me. I’ve been much more successful sticking to online browsing and taking recommendations from my mom’s coworkers who have recently married daughters.
Post # 6
**I should mention that the bridal shows I’ve gone to have the policy of "you must be present to win". My mother left because these shows last SOOOOOO LOOOOOONG (6 hours) and I was bound and determined to stick around for the dispersement of prizes. I think that’s a huge catch, they go through several peoples names before I was actually lucky enough for them to get to me! Persistence pays off! lol
I have gotten our center piece ideas, bridesmaid dress ideas, etc from attending these shows, along with tons of "garbage". The first thing I learned was DO NOT give them your "every day" email address. Unless you want tons of spam, create a wedding email address and that will allow you to hand it out freely and I would advise not to give your phone number out. I think I’ve gotten calls from half of the states wedding vendors and we’ve had to start screening our calls via our answering machine instead of picking it up like normal!
Post # 7
I’ve been to the larger show in Seattle and saw some ideas and inspiration, but didn’t book anything from them. It was a bit of a mad house. The smaller, local show I went to last weekend was much more fun. Everyone got a chance to talk to everyone and there wasn’t any pushing or shoving, and they were real people with all different body shapes in the fashion show (my sister was one of them…yay!).
Post # 8
My FH and I went to one called the Great Bridal Expo in Miami. There wasn’t a lot that was beneficial to us since we are getting married in Burlington, VT, but we were lucky enough to win our honeymoon (4days/3 nights) at a Sandals resort! After signing up on the knot and wedding channel websites, I received emails for free admission to the show, so it didn’t even cost us anything to go!
Post # 9
I am wedding planner. Although I have not participated in the wedding expo’s / bridal shows in past because I work on referrals only. However before I got married, I went to several wedding shows. At one I won a free cruise for our honeymoon. When I called to speak to the business, I was told that it was only a two day cruise and that they hoped I would upgrade. When I went to collect, the owner was not there and refused to call me back. I NEVER got the prize.
If you go to a show, take your wedding planner. She / he will take you to the people that have good reputations. Also she / he will help you determine who is "exagerating" and who can really come through with what they have promised. The worst thing is to see a bride who was promised five bridesmaids bouquets and only four show up!
I think wedding shows are best for ideas and discounts. I went with two brides today at the Outer Banks, NC and they spoke to several of the vendors that we research before the event. They offered 10% off for booking that day. That is a GREAT thing when you are spending $6000 for a photographer.