(Closed) Should I go to bridal expo by myself?

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Id personally go by myself. Why not! Some people dont like doing things on their own which I get but I have doen most of the planning on my own wedding by myself with a few little details thrown in by my fiance but if you want to go to the expo Id say go solo.. you for sure would get to see more and do more without having to take your three little ones!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Absolutely go by yourself!!!! Have fun!!!!!! 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

If you already have the majority of your vendors picked out honestly what is the point of going?  I’m not trying to be rude, I’m genuinely curious.  I specifically chose not to go to one because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with overpriced vendors fighting for my attention and a bunch of crazy bridezillas tackling each other to get that ONE dress at the sample sale.  Personally I found a lot of ideas/inspiration from Pinterest and I took my own spin on it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think I always went to Expos alone except for my first one. There’s really no point in bringing anyone if you ask me – at least not if you’re on a mission. No one wants to hear you interview vendors or attempt to get a few free professional opinions on some of the decorating choices you’re considering etc. I guess if you’re just going to try to get free food from the venue’s tasting trays and watch a wedding gown fashion show, then I suppose you might want people to enjoy it with. But if you’re going to get some work done – it’s better alone really.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

You are an adult, you don’t need anyone to go with you. It’s just a bunch of people trying to take your money anyway and not unless you are the bride, people are not likely to be interested. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I wouldn’t even bother. Personally, I think bridal expos are pointless, especially if you already have your vendors selected. I went with my sister and her friend when they got engaged and our moms – we went through in about 7 minutes and then got the heck out of there and went to a bar to get drinks. Huge waste of time.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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KatJoy227:  I would definitely just go by myself.  Besides keeping you company, the only pro about having someone with you is that you can double your chance at winning a raffle or something.  

If you do end up going, be sure to get yourself a new email that you can use to fill out your info with or else you’ll be inundated with spam.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

What is your purpose in going? Are you going just to go, basically just to do the bridal thing or do you need to get stuff done? I do many things by myself, but personally wouldn’t want to go to a bridal expo alone. In our area they can be pretty large and overwhelming…..especially if you need to get ANYTHING done. I have gone to 2 with my fiancé’ in tow. The first time we were mainly browsing just to get an idea. The second time we needed to get things done, find specific vendors, etc. Either way, I wouldn’t advise anyone to go alone, especially when you have stuff to do. If you are just looking, it may be fine for you, though. It was tons of fun don’t get me wrong. We sampled many different cuisines, cakes, saw fashion shows, took pictures in photo booths, etc, but when I needed to visit specific types of vendors, it was a lot. A couple of times we separated for a moment to visit different spots. My advice: wear comfortable shoes, take a bag in case they don’t give you one, don’t eat before you go – you may end up stuffed, take your camera, iPad, etc and take lots of photos, and just in case you think you may need an additional vendor/service like adding a photo booth, candy bar, etc, take a label with your name and contact information. It will save you a lot of writing. Oh, and check out the list of vendors ahead of time and make a list of any specific ones you want to see. Other than that, just have fun!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would just go alone. Bridal expos are very fun, and there are usually lots of catering and cake samples!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I went to one with a friend shortly after getting engaged but don’t really see the point. If you book someone that day you might get a discount but unless you know their rates, they might just jack up their prices to cover the discount anyway. 

It was fun eating cake and seeing the wedding dress runway show at the one I was at, I even got a free tshirt but only wore it a couple of times. 

You can always go by yourself and if you find it boring/not worth it, leave early! No one says you have to stay for the whole day! 

It is nice getting lots of information from different vendors at one time. 

I second printing some labels of your name and contact info. Saved me a ton of handwriting!! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

Are you in Sydney by any chance? I’m about to go to a huge expo this Sunday as well, lol. And there’s another one happening the weekend after this one too. I’m a little undecided on that one though since it’s pay to get in.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I went by myself a few months after getting engaged. It was pretty boring to be honest. I’m happy I spared others the boredom and expense, however minute. I just saw all the vendors we already booked and was done within an hour. You’re a big girl, if you manage to shop alone you can do this too

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I would go! I have been to three since we got engaged, granted my mom or BM’s usually want to come because it’s a lot of fun! 

Ive found my photographer, cake baker, and some pretty awesome venue options. There is always cake to taste…and I saved some money by getting a free cake tasting from our baker, and a free bridal portrait session/second shooter at the wedding because we found them at the expo. 

Neither of those vendors jacked up prices at the expo…they were no different than the regular prices (I’m sure some vendors do that though). My wedding photographer has also helped me out with my own photography, and has become a pretty awesome friend/mentor. 

So yeah…I would for sure go to the expo alone!! It’s fun and I have had awesome luck. 

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