Wedding expos and bridal shows are a great way for brides to see and experience what vendors have to offer firsthand. It’s also a great way for vendors to meet brides and give them the opportunity to ask questions while also showcasing their product. If you’re a bride-to-be and want to check out what’s out there in the wedding world, why not attend a wedding expo this winter? Even if you’re not quite in the wedding planning stage yet, there’s still plenty to see and do at these bridal shows that will give you a good idea of what’s in store for you when the planning starts. These are the best wedding expos to attend this winter.
The Great Bridal Expo
The Great Bridal Expo is the nation’s leading direct to consumer wedding event. For over thirty years, they have been serving brides and grooms around the country with their touring expo event, giving couples a one-stop shopping extravaganza that features everything for their wedding, honeymoon and new home. As the only bridal event to be named one of Tradeshow Week’s top 50 consumer shows in North America, the Great Bridal Expo is clearly a show you don’t want to miss. Featuring three New York-style fashion shows and hundreds of local and national vendors, like florists, caterers, photographers and more, you won’t want to miss this chance to meet with the pros who you’re your wedding day your dream come true.
Location: all over the United States
Date & Time: varies based on location; runs from September 2014 to April 2015
Price: $8 online or $10 at the door
See when the Great Bridal Expo is stopping by near you.
San Francisco Wedding Fair
The San Francisco Wedding Fair is Northern California’s premier wedding experience. Attendees will experience a unique and luxurious wedding expo experience unmatched by any other. Over 75 exhibits showcasing the Bay Area’s elite wedding professionals, complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres tasting and modeling of exclusive couture wedding fashions by Jin Wing make this event the ultimate San Francisco bridal show to attend this winter. Vendors include florists, wedding venues, specialty lighting, wedding planners and designers, jewelers and hair and makeup artists. You can even start your bridal registry with Bloomingdale’s and Williams-Sonoma at the show! Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with the San Francisco Bay Area’s top wedding vendors.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
Date & Time: Sunday January 4, 2015 from 11am to 4pm
Price: $25 online or $35 at the door
Learn more about the San Francisco Wedding Fair.
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
The Rocky Mountain Bridal Show, established in 1989, is Colorado’s largest bridal show. Attendees will see the pages of bridal magazines come to life and discover how to make their wedding dreams a reality. Everything that brides have seen online and in magazines is on display at the show, from bridal gowns and tuxedos to florists and DJs. Over 100 wedding professionals, more than 25 types of wedding products and services and a bridal runway fashion show make The Rocky Mountain Bridal Show the best wedding expo for brides and couples in Colorado.
Location: Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom
Date & Time: Sunday January 11, 2015 from 11am to 4pm
Price: $8 online or $10 at the door
Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show.
The Wedding Salon is a bridal show for the luxury market that connects couples with the best vendors in the industry. Celebrity event planner Tatiana Byron partnered with Martha Stewart to create this prestigious event where brides and couples can discover the latest trends in the wedding world. Each single day event is designed to look and feel like a luxurious wedding and features the hottest, must-have products and services such as makeup by Bobbi Brown, wedding dresses by Vera Wang and David Tutera, treats by Godiva and cakes by Sylvia Weinstock. The biggest names in the wedding industry are all at the Wedding Salon, so you won’t want to miss them when they’re in town!
Location: The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York and the InterContinental, Los Angeles
Date & Time: Monday November 17, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm for New York; Monday March 2, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm for Los Angeles
Price: $75 for two adults
Learn more about the Wedding Salon.
Florida Wedding Expo
The Florida Wedding Expo features over a hundred vendors and 20 grand prizes, including honeymoon giveaways and groom-only prizes, making it the perfect place for brides and couples to see and meet the wedding professionals that will make their dream wedding come true. The runway fashion show displays all the latest trends in wedding dresses and attendees have the opportunity to sample food and cakes and see firsthand what vendors have to offer. Pre-registered brides will receive $1,000 in wedding expo dollars to spend on vendors at the show, making it clear why Florida Wedding Expo is the ideal place for couples planning their weddings to get started.
Location: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa and the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando
Date & Time: Sunday January 11, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm for Tampa; Sunday January 18, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm for Orlando
Price: $8 online or $12 at the door
Learn more about the Florida Wedding Expo.
Signature Bridal Shows
Signature Bridal Shows was created to offer brides a relaxed and fun atmosphere in which to plan their special day and meet with professionals in the wedding industry in an intimate and non-rushed environment. They give brides and couples a chance to meet one-on-one with their city’s top vendors and see exclusive samples of their designs, reception locations, floral arrangements, ideas and more. This free event makes it simple to see many vendors all at once and begin the wedding planning process, so don’t miss the Signature Bridal Show when it stops by in your town!
Location: all over Texas and Kansas
Date & Time: Sunday November 9, 2014 at 12pm in Fort Worth, TX; Sunday January 4, 2015 at 12pm in Plano, TX; Sunday January 18, 2015 at 12pm in Dallas, TX; Sunday January 25, 2015 at 12pm in Hurst, TX; Sunday January 25, 2015 at 12pm in Overland Park, KS
Learn more about Signature Bridal Shows.
Seattle Wedding Show
The Seattle Wedding Show features over 400 local, regional and national wedding vendors, ranging from event facilities and photographers to bakeries and caterers and everyone in between. The fashion shows held throughout the event showcase classic and contemporary bridal gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride dresses, giving all attendees a chance to see what their wedding day outfit could look like on that special day. The Seattle Wedding Show only happens once a year, so make sure to pencil it into your calendar now!
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Date & Time: Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday January 11, 2015 from 10:30am to 5pm
Learn more about the Seattle Wedding Show.