Should you attend a bridal show before selecting your wedding vendors?

We all have Facebook friends that can typically refer a few of their top rated vendors on a photographer or wedding cake for your wedding. But hoe do you find vendors for all of those other aspects of your wedding that you don’t have a personal reference for? Here’s just a few vendors to keep in mind other than your rings and wedding dress:

Wedding & Bridal shows - bring your color board
Wedding & Bridal shows - bring your color board
  • bridesmaid dresses
  • candles
  • caterers for the reception
  • décor
  • flower arrangements
  • invitations
  • sample wedding cakes
  • table centerpeices
  • wedding DJ’s & musicians
  • wedding photographer portfolios
  • & more

Many local conventions centers will hold an annual wedding expo that allows you to see everything under one roof. In fact for only $7 you can visit the Great Bridal Expo to find a show in your metro area anytime in the next 4 months. The downside of this list is it only includes wedding expos that are part of this chain. OneWed also has a comprehensive resource list of any upcoming bridal shows in the 50 states. Bridal shows pay a fee to be listed on this resource directory. My favorite one is Wed Alert since it seems to have the largest selction of bridal shows in an area. I decided to break down the best shows by how many were shown in the Florida area in the next 4 months.

Wed Alert – 17 bridal shows listed in Florida over the next 3 months
OneWed – 8 bridal shows listed in Florida over the next 3 months
Great Bridal Expo – 3 bridal shows listed in Florida over the next 3 months
Wedding Details – 2 bridal shows listed in Florida over the next 3 months

I highly recommend attending a show before you finalize the weddings if you have the time (helps you save money and give you some piece of mind). Would love to hear your feedback on this. Have you attended a bridal show? Did it help you select the right vendor?

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5 thoughts on “Should you attend a bridal show before selecting your wedding vendors?

  1. It helps that my brother is getting married in March so his fiance helps out a lot. The only problem is that her budget is much different than my budget. So what she thinks is a steal is sometimes crazy to me.

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