(Closed) Should I stay or should I go: Bridal Show?

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: In my position, would you go to the bridal show?
    Hell yeah! Would definitely go! : (21 votes)
    72 %
    I would go but feel conflicted about it : (2 votes)
    7 %
    I would go but not as a bride (try and find a bride to go with) : (1 votes)
    3 %
    I would not go : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think in your situation its perfectly ok to go. I prob wouldn’t put on a fake ring or anything. Anyone can go to bridal shows and ask vendors questions. When I went to one its not like they were staring at my finger trying to determine if I was engaged. I had friends with me not engaged that would go ask questions for me too. 

    Post # 4
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I would go if that’s what you want to do. There is no reason not to, since you know you will be engaged in the future. You don’t have to bring tons of people (but you can if you want). Personally, I hate bridal shows… but it seems like the ones you’re going to actually have deals and will be worth it! 🙂

    Post # 6
    3638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015


    The biggest problem with going is if your SO thinks it’s weird/pushy, but he is totally on board with it! Possibly take the Maid/Matron of Honor for moral support?

    You’ll regret not going and if it turns out to be a dud you can always leave early but you’ll never know until you go. 


    Post # 7
    1577 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would go!  There is absolutely nothing saying that you can’t… plus, like you said, you may not have the opportunity next year!  My Fiance and I went to tour our first reception venue on Fri (super YAY) and my silly behind left my ring at home.  I was soooo upset when I realized it halfway to the venue.  But when we got there, it’s not like the lady who gave us the tour was looking at my hand for a ring.. LoL.  They’re not going to know you’re not engaged.  Lots of people get engaged without rings, anyway.

    Post # 8
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    You reminded me… One of my friends is obsessed with cake, so she put on a fake ring one day to go wedding cake tasting. She didn’t make an appointment or anything, just went into the shop and asked some questions and they offered to let her taste the cake.

    While I think her actions are a little questionable, I don’t think going to a bridal show (with or without a fake ring) is a problem at all. Actually, not wearing a ring might be better because maybe the vendors will be less aggressive. Go for it and have fun!

    Post # 9
    3305 posts
    Sugar bee

    If your SO doesn’t have a problem with it- go!

    Post # 10
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We went to a couple shows before we got engaged and I personally think we shouldn’t have.  First off, it’s a little depressing, being in a room full of brides, and when you talk to every vendor, the first question they ask is when the wedding is.  It seemed like since we had given a date about 2 yrs away (that was a tentative date at the time), they didn’t really take interest in us as clients.

    Also, now that I AM engaged, I stay far far away from bridal shows.  Anyone who has ever gone to one knows the flood of spam that you receive in mail and through phone!  It’s freakishly annoying! 

    If you want to go, then just go!  But from my personal experience, it’s not worth the hassle and feeling sad that you don’t have a date/aren’t engaged yet.   Definitely doesn’t help the waiting game AT ALL.


    If you’re looking for deals, just barter with the vendors!  My dress shop knocked $100 off my dress and gave me a free slip just by asking!  Our ceremony venue knocked $400 by searching around and booking at the right time!  There’s plenty of other ways to save money than going to bridal shows (and trust me the deals aren’t really worth it anyway!)

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