Posted 29 December 2007 - 02:52 PM
I went to the Great Bridal Expo last year. It's very different from the regular bridal show that we've gone to a couple times.
The Dallas Bridal show will have hundreds of wedding vendors and that's the main focus of the show.
The Great Bridal Expo has about 20-30 wedding vendors, and then a really cool fashion show.... complete with paid professional models, runway, lights, music, etc... very cool indeed. They give away about 2-3 prizes that are really good (noritake china set, all the wedding flowers, bridal gowns, etc...).
We found that at the GBE, it's best to get there at the beginning: wander the vender booths and collect the info you want, and make sure you register for all the freebies when you do this. Then find a seat about an hour before the fashion show is scheduled to start because it will be packed and late-arrivers wind up standing for the 2 hour show.
Once the fashion show is over---- the whole thing is over, essentially. The first time we arrived, we checked out about 3-4 vendor booths, then grabbed our seats for the fashion show. We figured we'd finish talking to vendors and registering for prizes/giveaways after the show. Nope- while that show is going on, the vendors are closing down their prize drawings and they start packing up.