What is a Bridal Show or Expo?
Bridal Shows and Expos are a fantastic way to get started with your wedding plans OR to attend at any point in your planning process! Brides come to shows anywhere from 2-3 years to 6 weeks before their wedding to plan and all can benefit from shows!
What is a Bridal Show and Expo?
Bridal Shows and Expos are organized events where brides can meet anywhere from a dozen, to a hundred wedding service providers all in one place such as a trade show hall, catering facility, hotel ballroom, mall or mansion. They usually include fashions or a fashion show, and giveaways, and also some have speakers, food, cocktails and other features. Most shows have prizes.
Are Bridal Shows and Expos all the same?
The most important thing is to be sure you are attending THE RIGHT EVENT for you! Bridal shows vary tremendously especially in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware Market, so brides and vendors are encouraged to choose wisely to avoid disappointment! What kind of experience you are looking for dictates which show a bride should attend. There are LOTS of different show sizes...Some are like pictured below
THIS is an "EXPO" — so lots of vendors, crowds, usually no food fashion show and they are high energy generally higher volume and usually have 50-100 vendors. Sometimes free, they usually pull thousand people and tend to be less structured and have a more crowded type feel.
Here is an example of a smaller bridal show. These smaller shows usually occur on a weeknight or at a smaller venue and showcase about 15 vendors in a two or three hour time frame.
At Bouché Productions our show model is "mid sized", with about 35-45 exhibitors and an upscale feel ("Boutique Style"). Food, Cake, Speakers, Prizes, Beauty and Fashions are all featured. Also Bouché Events award brides $500 in Bridal Bucks to use like cash with vendors. Here are a few pictures
Free vs. Ticketed Events. Which is better?
Free right??? It all depends on your style. Free shows will generally be more crowded, and may have attendees who are not actually brides (since its free). You will not get personal attention at a larger expo and there is usally no organized stage show. However you will get lots of booths/vendors. They also offer lower booth price options so the vendor selection may reflect this. Average ticket prices for the more reputable shows in the Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware markets are $5 to $15. This prices usually includes a lot of free magazines, sometimes food, and a chance to win prizes. Shows are expensive to organize, and it can be compared to paying a few bucks to go see a movie.
Pocket Change can make all the difference in what you get with a show.
Who are the Organizers?
There are Many types of "show producers" in the Philly Market. In this area (as opposed to the West Coast Bridal Shows) there are lost of different types of organizers. This is a partial list. Djs, Photographers, Radio Stations, Newpaper Companies, the Venues themselves, Officiants, and Finally Full time Bridal Show Producers (National and Local) all produce shows in this area.
IT'S GOOD TO BE AWARE WHO IS PRODUCING YOUR SHOW.