Post # 16
OHHHH!! A tip for you – I set up a generic “wedding” email account that I used to sign up for this stuff so I wouldn’t be spammed to death in my real account. I checked it to see if I won anything in any of the raffles and that kind of thing, but otherwise I didn’t check it.
Post # 17
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
I agree that if you aren’t in the area that your wedding will be at it can be frustrating. Set up a wedding email just for wedding vendors because I still get emails after being married for nearly 6 months! You can win free stuff and that’s cool (I didn’t win anything). Also, only take or wrote down info for the vendors you’re really interested in, I had hundreds of cards and couldn’t remember anything about some of the vendors once I went home.
Some vendors do give discounts for booking on the spot, but other vendors are great about negotiating Prices which if you’re still researching you’ll need time to review.
Post # 18
I went to a bridal show and we won our tuxes… so yeah it was helpful.
Post # 19
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences!
Post # 20
Well I think if you go in with your eyes open and understand the exhibitors haven’t been hand picked because they’re the best or anything, they’re just paying to be there, they can be helpful.
I went to a higher end one. It was OK – helpful in that it reaffirmed my ideas around what we did and didn’t want. We’ve ended up using a couple of the vendors but we would have anyways. It wasn’t my thing really as I am not into those sorts of industry exhibitions in general. But it was a cute day out with one of my BMs.
Post # 21
I went to two, one not long after getting engaged with one of my bridesmaids where I bought the first wedding dress I tried on (big mistake, ended up selling it and buying another) and it was way too early to book anything.
The second one I went to with my fiance and we did get discounts on a few things we hadn’t booked yet but the difference was I went in with a plan the second time around, ready to book, knowing what stuff cost and whether we were getting a discount or not. My tip is do your research first. (and don’t go too early)
And yes the pp who recommended setting up a separate email acct is on the money, I did this the second time around and could ignore the constant bombardment of emails unlike the first time where I also gave my phone number. (don’t give your phone number)
Post # 22
We went to one after we had the bulk of the wedding planned because I got comp tickets. It was SO fun! There are lots of catering and cake samples and many exhibits. We didn’t intend to use any vendors since we had a simple wedding vision, but we fell in love with a photobooth, which we did reserve for our own wedding with a promotional even discount!
Post # 23
Just be careful if you ger a call after one that you won free wedding bands or a honeymoon etC. I got a call from a bridal show I registered for but didn’t even go to and looked into it before doing anything about it and found out it was like a time share scam. you have to go in and get pressured to buy pots and pans or some stuff from the company for lots of money then you get a “free” vacation you have to pay airfare for. The company is somethin like bridal registry. So just be careful bc when I looked it up it seemed to happen to lots of people
Post # 24
- Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017
I went to one in early June and it was helpful it terms of getting ideas. We didn’t use any of the vendors as many of them were way out of my price range. I still had a lot of fun though. They had TONS of free cake samples though lol.
Post # 25
I went to two shows but many events. Very, very early in the planning stage, I went to a small one with my sister. I met a really cool vendor that did different flavored cotton candy, but his prices were too high. I also met a photographer that I liked in my price range. Then I went to a different bridal expo, but I went many times. It was a big one that they host twice a month at different venues in the area. I had my heart set on a venue and I always attended the event when they hosted it. The first event at my preferred venue, the venue gave out a goody bag with 10% off food and drinks when you book (score!), a thermos, a thumb drive, and two free tickets to a live theatre performance. Also they served cheese and crackers, appetizers, fruit and chocolate fountain, and champagne. And I really liked the fashion show. It was awesome, so you know I had to return each time. I met many vendors there, but I liked the photographer I met at the one with my sister and booked them a whole year after I met them. The vendors I met at my preferred venue all gave me pricing info, so that was very useful in my search. I was able to gage if people were overcharging for a service, or if I was getting a great deal. I did book the venue of choice, and I also won a large crock pot at the last one I attended. I created a separate email account to provide to the vendors and enter the raffles. They do spam you, but it didn’t matter since they used the designated email. Do not give your phone number, unless you really want them to call you. Also, I kind of booked my videographers through them. They didn’t have a table at the expo, but they were there recording the fashion show. I had no idea of the company name, nor did I try to find out. However, the video was later posted to the expos website and I really liked it. They put their name at the end of the video and the expo gave them a shout out on their page. I looked them up and ended up booking them during their Black Friday sale.
Post # 26
I went to a show where I live although we’re getting married in a different city so I didn’t find it overly helpful. I was just newly engaged at the time though so it was exciting just to look around and I really liked the wedding dress fashion show! I went with my Future Mother-In-Law so it was nice to spend the afternoon with her and let her be involved with some wedding plans. I also won a $50 gift card to a nice restaurant which made it worth it! Making a separate email for anything wedding related is such a good idea though, i wish I had thought of that before going because my email is still being flooded with emails from the show.
Post # 27
I went to a bridal show with an edgier feel, and overall I’m glad we went. I ended up discovering the boutique I would later find my dream dress at. I never would have gone there otherwise, I’m sure. It was otherwise, however, VERY crowded and that really impacted my ability to talk to vendors face to face.
Post # 28
I attended one with my mom and best friend, it was a lot of fun. However the only thing it helped me with was tasting a piece of almond cake. After I tasted that I knew what flavor I wanted. Oh and I supposed I also found my baker through there, but she was there as one of those slumber party people.
Long story short. She ended up contacting my bff and they became friends, then we found out she was a great baker!
Post # 29
WTF the bridal show I went to didnt do cake tasting!!! I went to one and it was pretty lame… didnt win anything, didnt use any of the vendors. It was kind of awkward having to make small talk with a lot of the vendors “ohh congrats, when r u getting married?” bla bla bla… There was one vendor that was a life insurance salesman! Wanting to sell life insurance to newlyweds, it was such a used car salesman awkward sales pitch…
My sister and I left after about 20 minutes. From what I’ve heard about other bridal shows tho, I think the one I went to was just particualrly small and lame.
Post # 30
I did go to a bridal show. It was helpful. Booked our officiant and photographer as a result 🙂