New Year’s eve is known as the date more people get engaged. It also officially starts the planning cycle for upcoming weddings. That is why many wedding shows occur at the beginning of the new year. You can’t miss the shows listed below… and I have some tips on surviving them.
Wedding Palace Bridal Show – January 16 and 17 at the Shaw Centre, 11 am to 5 pm. $20 at door. Ottawa’s Premier Bridal Show delivering the most unique & creative bridal show that Ottawa region Brides, Grooms & Exhibitors will ever experience.
Engage Ottawa – February 14 at the Chateau Laurier, 11 am to 4pm. $25 at door. A luxury event dedicated to the stylish and sophisticated bride. Raising the standard of the wedding show experience with trendsetting designs, an unmatched haute couture fashion show and a showcase of products and services that convey style, artistry and excellence.
Tie the Knot – February 20 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Center, 11 am to 5 pm. $15 at door, VIP $20. Featuring the best and brightest vendors that specialize in all things wedding. From unique photo booths to innovative floral designs, Tie The Knot is all about today’s urban bride and groom.
Ottawa Wedding Show – April 2 and 3 at the EY Centre, Single $15, Couple $25, Party of four $42. Ottawa’s premier wedding industry event for good advice, inspiring ideas, and the wedding experts that can bring your dreams to reality!
Buy your tickets online to save on admission.
Prepare for the day.
You can be there for a long while. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Bring some water and a snack to keep hydrated and energetic. Carry with you a pad of paper and pen to take notes. Use a digital camera to capture something that really strikes you (be nice and ask first). One good time to talk to vendors is early in the day. Don’t forget the fashion show to get great ideas.
Plan your visits.
I advise brides that the most important decisions to make for your wedding are 1) the venue and reception 2) photographer 3) planner and 4) entertainment. Wedding shows let you scan each one as to whether they suit your style and budget. The venue and reception book up early and set the tone for your party. The photographer and planner are people you will personally interact with during your whole day. You need to be comfortable with them and their work. Finally, the entertainment can make or break your reception. Target these four categories of vendors for booth visits.
Look for the WOW
Wedding magazines are filled with weddings that have it all. Sometimes they are over the top and most are not realistic for most people. Search out the one WOW item with which to highlight your wedding. Be on the lookout for something that really gives you a WOW feeling. It could be flowers, specialty food, a cake or decor. Smaller wedding shows have unique vendors where can find WOW items. Whatever it is, ask to take a photo for you to refer back to.
So load up with sneakers, water, power bars and cameras and have a great time!