Monday, September 27, 2010

Bridal Show Woes

Hi there,

Not much activity on the wedding-planning front recently. We've still got like ten months, remember?

Anway, we got some free tickets to a bridal show down in South Buffalo this past weekend.

People have been telling me that you can win free stuff at these things, even if you aren't looking to buy services discounted for event-day booking. So we decided not to pass on the opportunity, since we are still looking for a photographer, accommodations, and all the other things that we don't want to think about paying for yet.

But it was a total bust! Not only did we not win anything, but the whole event was a total affront on the senses. All the vendor goods/services were incredibly tacky, outrageously expensive, or both. Think lime green groomsmen apparel at the Tuxedo Junction fashion-show/dance-off. It was that bad.

The only thing we were really interested in checking out were photographers, but we had a hard time finding a good photographer in the mix. I swear, if I see another black and white portrait of a bride holding a photoshopped-red bouqet, I'm going to break somebody's lens.

And seriously? Why is it so shocking that my fiance would accompany me to this stupid thing? I was talking to a vendor and she asked how I talked Joe into coming. He's getting married too right? Why is it surprising that my partner would have an interest in planning his own wedding?

But then I thought about it, and realized I didn't want to be there either.

Honestly, I think we left that over-perfumed banquet center feeling all the more confident in DIYing this thing. Our wedding is going to be awesome, and we won't even need to spend hundreds of dollars on a cake that takes like vegetable shortening mixed with maraschino cherries.

Talk to you soon.



  1. Gabby and Joe,
    Go to another show. Some shows will be bad, some good. Don't judge all shows by one show. Also, not every groom-to-be will be as enlightened as Joe (Lucky, lucky you!) and might feel like they're being dragged along. It's too early to get burnt out on everything. Chalk it up to one bad experience, nothing more. xox Margie

  2. Margie, I sort of feel like this was our reaction to the whole wedding industry rather than this specific show. We won't be using many of these services anyway (limo? photobooth? personalized stationary? dj? not so much) so I honestly don't think we'll be missing much by not going to another.