(Closed) When to start going to wedding expos?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When would you recommend going to wedding shows/expos?
    One year to go until the wedding : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Two years to go until the wedding : (5 votes)
    33 %
    Don't go to wedding shows/expos - they're awful! : (8 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think, if you’re going to go, it depends more on where you are in your planning, not any specific time.  I went to one with my Fiance, mom, and Maid/Matron of Honor about two years before our wedding, and it was way too early.  We hadn’t booked the venue or anything else yet, so it was too early to start looking at the vendors who were there.  We didn’t even look at the detail booths because we didn’t know what the venue would be, so we didn’t know what would work in the way of decor and such.

    We almost went to one recently, but decided not to because we already have most of our vendors booked.

    If you’re going to go, it should be at a point where you’ve nailed down some of the major aspects of your wedding, such as the date, budget, and venue, and are starting to look at other vendors such as your photographer, DJ, florist, etc. and are looking for other wedding idea.  


    Post # 4
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went to one like 3 weeks after we got engaged. (We got married a year and a half later) It is nice to get an idea of what is out there even if your not ready to book anything yet.

    I do have a bit of advice for you If you do go… create a wedding email and get a google voice phone number and make address stickers with both. You will get random you “won” calls and loads of spam and junk mail.

    Post # 5
    397 posts
    Helper bee

    I have 2 1/2 years before our wedding nothing booked yet, but we went to one because I can!  It was pretty interesting and gave me ideas on somethings and I got cards and phone numbers for a DJ I might look into, so for me it wasn’t to early.


    I think a personal preference on when you want to go!

    Post # 6
    652 posts
    Busy bee

    @Miss Circe:  I went to expos when my friends go engaged and those were ok. Then we found out some hotel venues do free events with complimentary drinks and appetizers and those were awesome haha

    Post # 7
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Miss Circe:  I tihnk you should go after you get engaged as long as you’re willing to take advantage of some “Show Only Deals” and book things within a few weeks of going to the show.

    I think if you don’t have anything booked its perfectly okay to go as it will give you an idea of whats out there. There was a lot of Venues at the shows I went to and I got to find out price ranges of the general meal options I wanted. 

    I booked my DJ, Photographer and Videographer at hte weddingshow and took advantage of the deals. I had gone on the wedding show site before hand to research the vendors and then could make sure that the people in person matched what I saw online. I definitely recommend that. They often give you booth numbers too so you can make sure you odn’t miss people like that.

    Booking through the “Show Discounts” I think I saved about $1,500 🙂

    Post # 8
    397 posts
    Helper bee

    @EverAfterBegins:  Thats what I did with the email… I’ll have to check into the google phone thing though… wish I would have done that… I ALREADY got a you won call… The only thing was to actually win I had to go watch a demonstration on cutlery and “claim” my prize by like early next year.  



    @Scar_cats_tic:  The one I went to had some yummy food, and free alcohol and was free so it was a fun thing for me and Maid/Matron of Honor to go to!

    Post # 9
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Miss Circe:  i would say anytime after you are engaged as its good to get a handle on all the details early on.

    Post # 10
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ll be honest, I love wedding expos, at least the ones where I live. 

    I’ve been to three, and I really enjoyed all of them. At least at the ones I’ve been to, I’ve gotten all sorts of free cake and tasty food (though some of it’s not great – not sure how those vendors stay in business). 

    I’ve also saved some money, particularly on tuxes. I signed up for a deal at a wedding expo where I get a large discount on tuxes for 5 wedding party members, a free groom’s tux, and then when I went to another expo recently I got $50 off a tux too which is going to my dad (and yes, they let us stack all of these deals together). 

    It’s also good because you can meet a ton of vendors at once, find out about their rates and such without having to call around or wait for a rate quote, only to find that they are too expensive. I also found a rental place through the wedding expo where I can rent glassware for centerpieces, and I had never heard of the place before. 

    Also, depending on the expo it can be beneficial even if you haven’t booked the venue yet. At least at the ones I’ve been to, there is a decent sampling of potential venues present. 

    Post # 11
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I didn’t go at all. I live in a less populated area (so we don’t have them frequently) and our engagement is only 8 months, so I was booking vendors within 3 – 4 weeks of getting engaged, no time to wait.

    That said, my biggest piece of advice to girls who are in the waiting/early engaged phase is to let yourself go crazy with pre-planning! Especially those who are still waiting but have reasonable beliefs it is coming in the next 6 months. Once you get engaged, unless you have a long engagement, you really have to start making decisions and choices quickly – it doesn’t leave a lot of time for that pinning, reading magazines, checking websites, going to expos stuff.

    I made myself not look at a ton of wedding stuff before getting engaged because I didn’t want to be “that girl.” I was embarrassed any time I’d pin stuff. SUCH A MISTAKE! Once you make a decision during engagement, you have to stop looking, or you’ll make yourself crazy. I should have let myself do more day dreaming and looking and pinning before we got engaged.

    I see expos kind of the same way. If you’re going to go to them, I think the earlier the better.

    Set up a Google Voice number and a separate email account to use for those drawings and promos at those things. That way you know where the calls are coming from about “you won this or that” and can filter easily. I did the same thing with David’s Bridal. They sell your info up and down the river, so you want to have it go to something that isn’t your normal phone/email.

    Post # 12
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have been to three expos so far. After the first one, the other two were basically exactly the same in my city. (same vendors, decor, everything). And they are usually expensive like $40+

    I would suggest waiting for the biggest show of the year and only going to one.

    Post # 13
    578 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I selected 2 years, but ideally if you are having a long engagement 1.5years-1 year is a good amount of time 🙂 it means you can check out heaps of good deals and maybe even think of some ideas for your wedding that you had not considered before.

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