(Closed) Hey BEES…how many bridal shows did you attend while engaged?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m going to my first this weekend! I don’t think you can go to too many! I think I’m gonna print off labels with my info so it’ll be faster to enter drawings haha gotta love free stuff! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I went to 3. The first one I didn’t really know what I was looking for, so we just kind of wandered around.  The second one we were looking for a few vendors still so we went to get prices from some people.  The last one we went to we were only looking for a florist and wanted to get more free stuff, which we ended up winning a Photo booth from.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

1 was enough for me but if you’re enjoying them and getting something out of them, then go to them all!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have only been to 1 so far, and I thought it helped me tremendously. After seeing the high prices of certain vendors that I thought I needed, it gave me a quick dose of reality. I became more focused on what I really need versus what I want. I’ll probably attend another one in the summer to just enjoy it more (the last one was a bit stressful) and see to any last minute details.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went to 2.

The first was a smaller one held by Welcome Wagon, shortly after we got engaged. (I dragged my Fiance with me!) It was okay, but not very big so I didn’t get a lot of inspiration. 

I just went to my 2nd one a few weekends ago, and it was the biggest one in my city. But by this point we’ve been engaged since March, the wedding is in June, so I’ve already made decisions on all the big things (venue, photographer, dress, caterer, etc). It was still great to go and see what was around for decor and photography (I took lots of photographers pamphlets and went to their websites after to get inspiration for photos to share with my photographer). And it’s always fun to spend a day with the girls 🙂

I think that’s the last show I’ll go to though. They can be expensive (the big one was $28 per person, and I paid for my 2 bridesmaids so $84!!), and I kind of feel like once you’ve been to a big one, you’ve seen everything. I would definitely recommend going to them for newly engaged though – BEFORE you’ve made too many decisions. 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Only one for me, though I went to one a couple of years ago for my mom’s wedding too.

I found for me they are pointless. It’s mostly a bunch of wedding vendors just trying to get you to use their services at grossly overinflated rates. No thank you. The only reason I really went was to try to win stuff like a honeymoon etc. I actually did win a free engagement photo session but I didn’t use it because everyone told me how they are just going to charge an arm and leg for the actual photo’s and try to hard sell you into using their very expensive services for the wedding. I was actually quoted $3500 for a 4 hour photography package for my wedding. Um hell no. I paid my photographer $1000 for full day coverage, photo albums, cd’s, and rights to pics. I find that the vendors at bridal shows are just after your money.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to three technically, and booked at least one vendor from each.  I went to one early in planning where I found my photographer, and then one closer to the date where I booked my cake and makeup/hair stylist since I was getting married about an hour and a half from home, and realized I couldn’t use my usual one. 

Then the last one barely counts, but there was a bridal show going on while I was in the middle of searching for a specific shade of linen and got sick of going to meetings with particular vendors.  I saw there was one going on down the street from my house that had multiple linen vendors so I ran in super quick, found someone who had chartreuse linens and booked them without even looking at the rest of the tables.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

I didn’t go to any because I work weekends, and could never make it. There were at least two that happened here while I was engaged.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

If you like them, you should go to all you want.  I went to one, which was free (or I wouldn’t have gone) because the hotel venue was hosting it, but mostly it was a waste of my time.  The vendors seemed to divide into two groups – those who completely lost interest in me once they found out my wedding was smaller and those who were selling things I didn’t want.  We did get to try out a really nice photo booth.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I went to one here for the food. -_- Small admission fee for lots of catering and bakery samples. That grazing was my lunch. lol

Since we’re getting married out of state, none of the vendors interested me.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Technically speaking, I’ve been to one. But I was there with work, and didn’t really get anything out of it b/c it was closer to where I live, and the wedding is six hours away! We haven’t had time to go to any near the wedidng b/c of time off from work.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just two, they all become the same after that. I actually found them fairly useless, magazines and the internet were the best help.

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