My First Bridal Expo Review

I’ve always been curious about Bridal Expos.  I’d never experienced one and my curiosity has always been piqued.  So when I had the opportunity to go, I thought this would probably be my only chance to find out what they’re like.  To my surprise, my fiance, P, wanted to go with me and see what they were all about.

I think he quickly regretted that decision the minute we walked in the door.  Well, actually, the first think he saw was a vintage Rolls Royce, so that got him a little excited.

Soon after that though it was a sea of hard sell salespeople at booths grabbing you and asking rapid fire questions: “Do you have a venue?”, “Do you have a caterer?”, “Do you own a home?”… one guy kept trying to get me to sign up for a raffle for new home windows… I don’t own a home, and I don’t know what that has to do with wedding.

I went to sign up for a TJ Maxx/HomeGoods gift card.  P tried to disuade me.  “Don’t give them your contact information”, he warned.  “I shop there enough, I think they already know more about me than I know about myself,” I justified.

I was interested in the fashion shows, which I think ended up being less about wedding dresses and more about bridesmaid dresses… well, actually more like prom dresses that they try to pass off as bridesmaid dresses.  Either way, I’m not having bridesmaids, so it didn’t really help me much.

The highlight of the event was seeing the Fred Astaire Dance School do a performance.  I don’t know if I’ll convince P to take dance lessons, but I may have to try.

If you want to see all the action, be sure to check out my vlog…

All in all, I’m glad I gave in to curiosity and went to the expo… but I was so overwhelmed that I don’t think I learned as much as I was hoping.

Have you been to a Bridal Expo?  What was your experience?

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  • Biana Perez

    Anything with the word expo definitely makes it sound BIG – glad you went and experienced it! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Darcy

    How fun! I didn’t go to any while I was wedding planning.. I just didn’t want to deal with crowds ahaha
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

    • Luckily mine wasn’t super crowded… I avoid crowds too 🙂

  • Katrina Mather

    Bridal expos can be seriously overwhelming if you don’t go in with a plan. Don’t let this one discourage you from going to another one, they all have different things to offer! Gather your thoughts and research what vendors will be there, have some canned responses ready for the repetitive questions, and have FUN. Good luck planning the wedding : )

    • Thanks! That’s such great advice! I’m sure they’re all a little different… doing research ahead of time is a great idea!

  • Monica Siembieda

    Not going to lie that car had me all googly eyed haha. I don’t think I could ever go to a bridal expo I would be so overwhelmed and stressed out haha.

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

    • The car was stunning…. but the expo was stressful. It’s frustrating because people are so pushy that it’s hard to get the information you really need. But at least I know now that expos aren’t for me 🙂

  • Monica Siembieda

    Not going to lie that car had me all googly eyed haha. I don’t think I could ever go to a bridal expo I would be so overwhelmed and stressed out haha.

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

  • I can only imagine how overwhelming the expo must have been! Wedding planning seems like so much fun, but too many decisions to make in such a short amount of time! Good luck and looking forward to seeing your progress! xo

    • Thanks so much!!! It is a weird combination of fun and stressful…. but I’ve wanted to plan a wedding for so long that it’s hard to complain 🙂

    • Thanks so much!!! It is a weird combination of fun and stressful…. but I’ve wanted to plan a wedding for so long that it’s hard to complain 🙂

  • I’ve never been to a bridal expo and would have probably been overwhelmed! The dancing looked fun though. I actually took a dance lesson before my wedding, but of course forgot the moves half way through our first dance! We just winged it, and it ended up working out. Good luck with the planning!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    • Oooh dance lessons sound like a fun thing to do before your wedding whether you use the moves or not!!

  • I’ve never been to a bridal expo and would have probably been overwhelmed! The dancing looked fun though. I actually took a dance lesson before my wedding, but of course forgot the moves half way through our first dance! We just winged it, and it ended up working out. Good luck with the planning!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com