Bridal Catalogs are expensive and many times you are required to buy the samples of the wedding items that you wish to try out. I think this is bit much considering you are already spending plenty of money for your wedding celebration already.
The internet is a wealth of information as well as a wealth of free wedding samples. Use your favorite search engine and visit as many bridal websites as possible. Many of them offer free catalogs. The free wedding catalogs are usually not as meaty as the ones that you purchase for eight or ten bucks at the supermarket, but if you get enough of them from various sites you will find that you have plenty of eye candy in hand.
Check out the manufacturers websites, as well. They will often ship out catalogs filled with wedding and bridesmaids dresses for free. Wedding invitation websites will be happy to send out catalogs and samples in hopes that you choose them for your big purchase.
Check out all the sites that print wedding invitations. Many of them offer free catalogs and samples. You might also find that they sell more than just invitations. The only advice I want to offer is that you create a free email account somewhere. Use it to when filling out information to get free samples and catalogs. This will prevent a future spam problem in your inbox later.
Bridal Expos and Bridal Conventions are other great places to get free samples and discounted items for your wedding day. They usually cost a few bucks at the door, but once inside you will find that you are in a brides heaven. You will find free samples of huge variety and often times you can enter to win free jewelry, discounts, photographs and even free wedding dresses. The vendors pay to be there so that you can look at all their wedding items. They cater to the bride and it is a great place to get ideas as well.