Because we have had such a long engagement, I’m very happy to report that the year 2014 will NOT require attendance of any bridal shows! Yay! Of course, this is just because 2012 and 2013 were the years of bridal shows. Before we were engaged, I attended a bridal show with MOH PT. We were on a mission to book a few of her vendors, and I didn’t really pay attention to anything for myself. What I took away from the experience was the following:
- Bridal shows are amazing if you have a specific goal in mind
- You can get great deals by booking at a bridal show
- If you are going “just to look,” you will probably end up horribly overwhelmed
Once Monsieur P and I were engaged ourselves, MOH PT and I bought tickets to go to yet another bridal show at their venue, the Fez, and this time, we were both registered as brides! Our main focus was still on MOH PT for her upcoming wedding, but I did a little browsing for myself as well. I picked up some material from some travel groups for our honeymoon planning, but that was about it. I don’t like the crowds, and I feel awkward when I’m overwhelmed by people trying to sell me stuff, so it’s a little anxiety-inducing.
Even though part of me never wanted to set foot in another bridal show, I was talking to Monsieur P about needing to book a few of our last vendors, and mentioned that I thought going to another bridal show might be a good way to do it. I jokingly asked if he wanted to come along, because I was realizing that he wanted to be more involved with the wedding planning than I originally thought, and he shocked me when he said sure! So I bought tickets for yet another bridal show, this time, the granddaddy of bridal shows in Pittsburgh.