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Wedding Show Dilemma:
Which One Do You Go To?

March 3rd, 2014 by Jeannine

 
Wedding Show Dilemma: Which One Do You Go To?

I’ve been blogging about weddings for almost 3 years now and one thing is for sure… there is no shortage of wedding shows for couples to check out… this month in particular! Spring and fall are when the most wedding shows occur, but let’s not forget the January rush as well… the wedding industry knows how to start off the new year! It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of choice and let’s face it, it doesn’t make sense to pay hundreds of dollars to attend multiple shows where you will see the same thing. It’s just not practical. Luckily for you, I am here to help you pick and choose the shows that are right for you!

Vancouver Wedding and Honeymoon Show - Photo by Vancity Bride

Brock House Wedding Show - Flowerz - Photo by Vancity Bride One thing to think about is what kind of wedding you are looking to have… Some shows have themes that pertain to a certain kind of bride. For example…

Indie I Do - Photo by Vancity Bride

Sometimes location matters too. While most shows happen in Vancouver, there are a number to choose from in the suburbs like the following:

Lovestruck Bridal Show - Photo by Vancity Bride

Brock House Wedding Show - Photo by Vancity Bride Some shows also consistently use the same venue. So if you’re looking into a specific venue, go to the show that is always there, as they lay out the booths in such a way that you get to explore the areas you need to explore… not to mention the venue’s representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and if they serve canapés, you get to sample the quality of their catering too!

Lovestruck Bridal Show - Photo by Vancity Bride

Another important thing to look at, of course, is the exhibitor list. Are there certain vendors you’re looking to meet? I find that certain vendors stick with certain shows, or are in every show, or don’t do wedding shows at all! Do your research and look at each show’s lists. If a bunch of your potential vendors are in a certain show, go to that one rather than going to multiple shows. Or just take a chance and see who you can meet. Just because you’re not familiar with their work doesn’t mean that they’re not good.

Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Show - Photo by Vancity Bride

How to Make the Most of the Wedding Show Experience

  • Original Bridal Swap - Photo by Vancity Bride Bring lots of address labels with your name, address, email, and telephone number printed on it for all the contest entry forms.  This is better than filling out all those forms and getting a hand cramp.
  • Visit all the booths, vendors may be giving away coupons or special deals.
  • Don’t feel pressured to the “you must commit now to get this rate” tactic, especially if you’re still in the early planning stages.  If you feel like you can’t get a better deal, then go for it, but some vendors will be at future wedding shows where they may be offering the same discount.
  • If you’re interested in seeing the fashion show, try to get to the stage earlier, maybe 30 minutes before it starts, and you may get a great seat.
  • Keep junk out of your primary email account by giving them a secondary address to send to.
  • Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Show - Photo by Vancity Bride Grab the free wedding magazines! The magazines alone pretty much pays for your ticket for some shows.
  • Ask lots of questions and grab cards and brochures for vendors you’re interested in.
  • If the show you’re at has free pampering, be prepared to wait. What you can do is line up early before the show starts and make a beeline for the free service you want to take part of.
  • Make sure you get the freebies – the hors d’oeuvres, the cake samples, the champagne, the GOODIE BAGS, and whatever else the booths are offering up.
  • Registering early sometimes saves you money! (Depending on the show of course…)
  • Follow vendors on Facebook or Twitter as they sometimes give out FREE TICKETS to shows they are a part of.

Brock House Wedding Show - Photo by Vancity Bride

I hope this helps you out, even a little bit. The number of local shows is growing every year so I’m sorry if I’ve left something out by accident. Don’t forget, I put out monthly event roundups… so vendors, if you want me to include your show, just email me! To my readers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or check the Events page to get updates on the new events coming up each month.

All photos by Vancity Bride – Photos are from shows I’ve attended in the past: Dreamgroup’s Original Bridal Swap, Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Show, Brock House Wedding Show, Indie I Do, and Lovestruck Bridal Show.

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Comments

  • March 5th, 2014 at 2:26 am
    Sarah Lee says:

    Wow! This is like a lot of information! I am getting married in August and I stumbled on this blog when I was browsing for wedding ideas. That one significant thing that had been bothering me right from the start is choosing the perfect wedding venue. Fortunately we have finalized on one. Now the rest of it! This blog gave me goosebumps as it made me realize that there are many interesting things out there in the market for brides to be!!! Thanks a ton for posting this!

     
  • March 5th, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    Cathryn Jackson says:

    Great article. This was so helpful!

     

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