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I was wondering if anyone has ever been to one of these expo shows and is it worth the time.

 

I received a postcard in the mail for 2 free tickets to attend the expo.

 

If you're interested in going, here are a couple of locations they will be starting in January.

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

  • 1/06/2008 - Philadelphia: SHERATON PHILADELPHIA CITY CENTER
  • 1/13/2008 - Atlanta: GRAND HYATT ATLANTA BUCKHEAD
  • 1/20/2008 - Washington, DC: RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON DC HOTEL
  • 1/21/2008 - New York: NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS

You can also visit Great Bridal Expo :: Like No Other Bridal Show in the World for more info and a list of their tour schedule.

 

I misplaced the postcard but once I find it, I'll post the promo code for the free tickets if anyone is interested.

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I haven't been to one of those but we have a big one in Seattle coming up next week that I'll be going to January 5th and 6th.

Seattle Wedding Show

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I went to a bridal show last year. I think that can be very beneficial for a tradiotional bride, but there is not a whole lot a destination bride can get out of it. If you do not have a dress, you may be able to get some ideas for that. I am glad that I went, because that is where we found our photographer.

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I went to one before. I think the show is good if you are planning a wedding in the area or AHR not a destination wedding. All the vendors are from the local area and give you their pitch. It wasnt all that bad though dont get me wrong its great if you are looking for ideas, inspiration, invitations and if you hungry (they served food when I went, again b/c the location was a reception venue and wanted you to sample their catering). It would be great if they had one for destination weddings.

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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.

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I LOVE BRIDAL SHOWS! Even though we're having a DW,, I still attend the shows for the freebies and prizes. I won the GRAND prize at the show in Atlanta last January. It was a Trip to Africa. We went in November and had a GREAT time ! So my advice is even if your a DW bride, go to the shows and sign up for EVERYTHING !!!! You may win your honeymoon !

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I've been to one for a friend a few years ago. Great for a local wedding, but not much to offer, except to register for free stuff and contests for any of us DW brides. But, it's still fun to get ideas and like Ticia said above -- REGISTER to win anything possible. But beware b/c you will likely start getting lots of spam emails/phone calls/junk mail as a result of signing up for things.

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