Photo by Summer Street Photography
For recently engaged couples who are ready to start planning, attending a wedding expo can be a great first step. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of wedding pros in your area and return home with lots of great goodies in tow! When it comes to getting the most out of a wedding expo, a little prep can go a long way. Check out these 13 insider tips and you’ll be good to go!
Photos courtesy of The Wedding Salon
Planning a wedding in Miami? Then you’ll definitely want to head to the Wedding Salon Showcase this coming Monday, June 9th, from 5 to 8pm. The event is at the EPIC Hotel, and will be a one-stop shop to creating your dream wedding. You’ll be able to meet with some of the top wedding professionals in the area, as well as resorts and destinations from all over the world to plan your amazing honeymoon, including Curacao Tourism, GeeJam Collection, Capella Marigot Bay, Coral Gables Country Club, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, Aruba Tourism Board, Mayfair Hotel & Spa, SunSwept Resorts and more.
And wait, there’s more! Cake tastings, cocktails, beauty makeovers, gorgeous gowns and stylish men’s formalwear, entertainment and lots of great giveaways! Oh, and you’ll also get a fabulous goodie bag featuring products from Fekkai and Dove. Want in? Get your tickets on The Wedding Salon’s website now.
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
If you’re planning a wedding in the Baltimore area, there’s only one place you need to be this Sunday – FS Weds: A Wedding Showcase at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore! You’ll be able to meet some of Baltimore’s most talented wedding professionals and have the opportunity to win lots of fabulous prizes! And bring your future spouse and family members, too – there will be a Groom’s Lounge and a Mother-of-the-Bride Room just for them.
The event starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, but VIPs can get exclusive first access starting at 11:30am with a special luncheon. The VIP lunch includes an amazing swag bag, and a multi-course luncheon (with champagne, of course!). VIPs will also enjoy a special wedding-planning panel featuring renowned wedding experts, including planner extraordinaire Marcy Blum and our very own Kim Forrest, editor here at WeddingWire.
General admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $85. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets! See you Sunday!
You guys, I’m a planner. More specifically, I’m a “Ohmigosh I need to have an exact plan for everything no later than two days after the idea pops into my head so everything goes perfectly smooth” kind of planner. So it’s no surprise that just two weeks after our engagement (and a full 16 months before our wedding date) I was all set to go to my first bridal expo. I wasn’t sure if going to an expo is necessary or if I could just do all the research on my own, but I was curious about the event (our area’s largest) and recruited a very brave friend to come along with me.
I’d never been to a bridal expo before, nor had I heard from any of my friends about their experiences attending expos (if they even had). But I was completely overwhelmed when I printed out the vendor map and looked through all the unfamiliar names of companies. I sifted through the list to look for the vendors I thought I may need (DJ, caterer, day-of coordinator, etc.) and highlighted where there booths were to be located on the map. I already knew at that point I wasn’t going to have a traditional cake, so I didn’t spend much time at the bakery booths (though I definitely sampled a few of their delicious treats), and I already had a good idea of who my photographer would be, so that wasn’t an issue either. Flowers were something I knew would be considered much later in the planning process (and frankly aren’t my most important detail), so, although I enjoyed looking at all the pretty floral arrangements, I knew I could quickly bypass those booths, as well.