(Closed) Went to my first bridal show/expo this weekend..

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t have funny stories, but I do love the pictures from the Photo booths with my girls and my future sister and mom. It really made me wish we had the money for one, or were creative enough to make one ourselves. Oh well I’ll just sit over here and dream about them some more! I am glad you had fun!

Post # 5
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@crh1729: I fell in love with a camera that took instant pictures. I almost bought one for the guest book, but then couldn’t get myself enough reasons to do it. Now it doesn’t really fit into the budget anyways. I am sure that it won’t look suckish. Not to mention there are so many creative bees on this site, I am sure one of them has exactly what you are looking for in a DIY Photobooth!

Post # 6
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5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@crh1729: We just went to a bridal show last weekend. It was really fun and Future Mother-In-Law, my mom, and I got in a photo booth they had set up. It was hilarious. Needless to say rubber chickens, viking helmets, bad facial hair and wigs were involved.

This is pretty funny too: So I live in a small town… There was a girl who was four years ahead of me in high school who had my EXACT same first and last name. Joy. Soooo, fast forward to last year when she started dating a guy in FI’s family. Fast Forward to now when they are engaged. She was at the same bridal show last weekend. We signed up for a lot of the same prizes, etc. Apparently she won something very nice. I know this because everybody and their mom was congratulating ME for winning. And they had the winners names printed in the local paper. Um, no. Sad face….that was the other girl with my same name πŸ™

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

yeah labels are such a great idea.  I went to two this weekend and forgot to do that again for them! I’m going to one this weekend I need to do that this week before I go this weekend!!  Thanks for the reminder.

Here is my advice as I’ve been to 3 already and going to another this weekend at our reception venue.

1.  Take your own large bag.  A lot of time they don’t provide bags

2.  Try not to wear a coat as they get bulky and difficult to carry

3. Have your own pen!  

4. Don’t eat before hand

5. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you’ll most likely be walking on hard floors and after a few hours be prepared for sore feet if not.

6.  Take people whom won’t RUSH you at tables.  (My mom has been horrible about it twice now and doesn’t look good if you have to bicker at each other).

7.  Most importantly HAVE FUN and EAT the food/cake/chocolate! πŸ™‚

8.  Oh and my best advice…create an email for you and your man to use that is not your personal email…you WILL get TONS of wedding emails if not.

 

 Good luck ladies! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Bring paper clips! They hand you cards, flyers and brochures. Nice to keep it altogether right from the get-go. My fiancé and I went to a total of 5 shows together and we love them. So much fun, lots to learn, and lots of goodies. Here’s a fun story for you: after a great but exhausting bridal show day, we found ourselves at a photo booth and well, this is what happens when two engaged actors are tired and silly at the end of a bridal show:

So tempted to put that on our Save The Dates. πŸ˜‰ Or these, ala 80’s glam!

Post # 9
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Cornflakegirl: I love your pictures! So fun! I am sure your family and friends would love them if you put them on Save-The-Date Cards because they probably all know what kind of people you are!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@xo_triciazach_xo: Ha! Thanks. I think they’d get a kick out of it. As if to say, “Ya don’t wanna miss *this* one!” πŸ˜‰ We’ll probably go more traditional and sweet…but it sure is fun to imagine the gasps of some of the more, shall we say, conventional guests should they receive something like the above pics on a STD. I’ll reserve that weapon should it come to it. hehe πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I HIGHLY recommend creating a separate “wedding focused” email. They bombard you with emails and offers, and you don’t want to have those cluttering your email for services you already have! 

Also, I’d recommend taking multiple people with you. If there are 3 of you canvassing the area, you’ll be able to visit all the different booths and get more information! This may not be necessary for every show since some are small, but it’s always nice to have a second opinion, in case you get too excited and forget some details πŸ˜‰

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