You said yes, your maid of honour said yes to you, and now you have to plan. A fun and easy way to start planning your wedding is to hit up some of Ontario’s bridal shows. There are two big bridal show seasons, the first being between January and March and the second being in the fall, so right now is the perfect opportunity to put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and start building your wedding network. Here are some tips for how to make the most out of your day at a bridal show.
Map Your Day
Most bridal shows, especially the larger ones, will post a vendor map to their website before the event. It shows the layout, booth numbers, and where the bathrooms, coat check, and other important areas are. Before you go, take a look at the map online and even print a copy out to take with you on the day. Figuring out your route before you go will help you stay on track. Make sure you hit up every booth, so you can get all the vendor information you need and free samples you want. You can also look up which booths might be hosting a contest and check them off on your map as you go, so you don’t miss a thing!
Who to Bring
You obviously want some company while you’re scoping out vendors and getting inspired, but the saying “too many cooks in the kitchen” does apply to wedding planning. We would recommend keeping your guest list to you, your fiance, your maid of honour, and maybe a parent. If more people are interested in coming, you can always shuffle the ranking if you are going to multiple wedding shows.
You also must wear a pair of comfy shoes, and bring a zippered tote to store business cards in. Or, simply take pictures of each business card with your phone, paperless is green.
Where to Go
There are a ton of bridal shows going on between January to March, many of which are on the same weekends. So how do you prioritize which show you attend? We made things a bit easier and did some digging, finding the best contests offered at January bridal shows. You can find a comprehensive list for the 2019 bridal show season in the first issue of our magazine.
The Bridal Show – Jan 19-20 – Oakville
The Bridal Show is giving away a $100.00 gift card to the Hudson Bay Company. Just pre-register online to enter!
Hamilton Spring Wedding Show – Jan 19-20 – Hamilton
Engaged couples, upon entering the show, will be given a ballot to fill out to win the grand prize draw for a $500.00 Shopping Spree to Limeridge Mall that will be given away at the end of the last fashion show on Sunday. They are also giving away a custom-made wedding band designed by Lessard Coutu Custom Jewellers at each Fashion Show!
Modern Bride Wedding Show – Jan 19-20 – Mississauga
You can win your honeymoon! A 1-week stay at a 4-star all-inclusive resort. Register to be entered.
One King West Wedding Open House – Jan 20 – Toronto
All attendees have a chance to win a free 2-night weekend stay at One King West and a $500.00 voucher for Sharleez Bridal Couture.
You also need to keep Canada’s Bridal Show on your radar for September because they give away $50,000 in prizes!
Have fun and happy planning!