Post # 1
Every year at the end of May my town has a Bridal Expo and this year I would like to go.
I’m not engaged yet, but my Boyfriend or Best Friend has told me that we will be before the year ends. So I figure I’ll be at least 5 months into planning by next May when the next Bridal Expo is.
So can I or should I go this year and get all the information so I have it when we’re engaged? So I’ll have an idea of places and people I like.
I don’t know the etiquette on this 🙁
Post # 3
I see nothing wrong with going and looking. You are a potential customer, and your business is wanted when it’s time.
I wouldn’t enter any contests for brides or anything like that, but I’m pretty sure vendors do want you to know who they are even if it’s just to spread the word.
Post # 5
You can absolutely go. I went to a few before we were engaged. It’s not like marriage isn’t even on the table. You have a timeline so I don’t see the harm in getting some ideas.
Just be prepared to be asked about your wedding. The first time I went I was totally caught of guard (stupid of me considering it was a WEDDING show!) so I just blurted out random answers that didn’t even really make sense.
Post # 6
You totally can go, just tell them you haven’t decided on a date and you are just there for ideas. Enjoy the free cake!!!
Post # 7
Absolutely feel free to go! But a bit of advice, I’m not sure how the one you’re going to works, but I made the mistake of giving my primary email to the sign up sheet when I walked through the door. I must have gotten 200 spam emails in the first month after the expo. It’s been about four months and I’m still getting them. I’d recommend using a secondary one! 😉
Post # 8
absolutely! They are lots of fun and great for ideas!!
Post # 9
I don’t think it hurts, as long as you’re not going to be embarrassed if you SO finds your bag of freebies 😛
The vendors definitely won’t mind, it’s just business in the future. If you’re nervous about it, do you have any engaged friends you can talk into going so you can tag along?
Post # 10
Anyone can go.
I am personally not a huge fan of planning for a wedding when not engaged, but to each their own.
Post # 11
Thanks Ladies 😀
@SapphireSun: He knows i’m going, He even offered to come with me. I don’t have any engaged friends, but i asked my mum to come with me 😛
Post # 12
FH and I went to one 6 months before we were engaged- we were also 2nd place in the expo wide drawing and won 1/2 off our pictures. I saw you’re perfectly alright in going
Post # 13
I agree…you should go. It never hurts to do research ahead of time, and you will already know what some of the options are in your area for vendors when you are ready to start booking things. I wish I had that kinda knowledge before I started planning…
Post # 14
Anyone can go! Heck, I went to one with my mom in high school because she was president of a local charity and she was looking for vendors for a big fundraiser. If that’s the only time all the local caterers and rental companies are in the same place then take advantage. They’re there for business, as long as you’re genuinely interested in looking for vendors I don’t see any issues.
Post # 15
Sure you can go! My friend who was engaged for like 6 years with a roaming date would go to bridal shows all the time. Haha she went to David’s Bridal to try on dresses and gave a fake groom’s name. I couldn’t tell you how long ago that was but when it came time for her to ACTUALLY get married I had to get my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress there, I gave the brides name (and she has an unusual first and last name so there was no way that anyone else in this area would have it!) and they told me the groom’s name was John Smith. I was like noooo. But I started laughing because her favorite movie was Pocahontas, so I knew who John Smith was. Sooo, if you give fake information be prepared for it to comee back at you in the future! 🙂
Post # 16
I would go! I am in fact going to one in January but he says the ring isnt going to be on my finger until that fall. It never hurts to look!