Today I attended the Philadelphia Bridal Expo. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my material together fast enough to get into the show as a vendor this year, but I wanted to get in there, see what the area had to offer, and meet some other vendors. I also had two brides that were looking for videographers, so I was on the hunt to find some of those. I was very cautious not to take up tons of vendors’ time (they were there for the brides not me) and not to solicit any brides (that’s what the vendors who paid for the booth space… erm… paid for).
I was a little curious at the line-up of vendors. I never get the realtors that set-up shop there. I mean, I get it, but it seems a bit predatorial when brides are lining up things for their wedding day, but maybe that’s just me. There was also a dildo vendor, which I thought was a) poor taste in mixed company and b) isn’t that something that you use – typically – when you’re not planning on “getting some”? But I digress.
Overall, there were a few of everything, but not a lot of anything. I think I was expecting a bigger venue with more vendors. One of the prevailing vendor markets out there were photo booths. This reception novelty seems to be hitting the mainstream and businesses are stepping up to cash in. For my own two cents (biased, of course, as I offer photo booths as an add-on and in one of my collections), most photographers worth their salt are adding them into their offering and they can often do so at a competitive price, compared to a stand-alone outfit that has to maximise their profit from that one entry-point into your wedding. There are some novel ideas in the photo booth industry, but just shop around and see what your photographer can offer you.
For videographers, I really only found one vendor that specialized in videography. I did find one that did video and photography, but he didn’t seem too keen to pursue videography without being hired for the photography as well (sour grapes, maybe?). However, that’s okay, because the one vendor I did find does amazing video. They are Be Films, and I got to speak with both Anthony and Colleen and they were both genuinely nice people. Couple that with having great talent and amazing video. If you are getting married in the Philly area and are looking for exceptional video, please give these guys a look. They produce the kind of quality video I want to recommend to my brides.
You can also find them on Facebook: Be Films Now