Of course, Sacramento Bride & Groom will be at many of these shows! Come by our booth and say hello, pick up your free copy of our current issue and sign up to win one of our monthly giveaways!
The Bridal ExpoSunrise Mall
6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights CA
September 6 & 7, 2014
Saturday Mall Hours: 10 am - 9 pm;
Sunday Mall Hours: 11 am - 7 pm
Free Admission and Parking
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Bridal Expo is Sacramento's longest running bridal show and its oldest resource for linking brides and grooms with the area's wedding service providers. With two full days to shop, you can complete most of your wedding planning at the show, while saving money & time.
Register online at www.bridal-expos.com and get entered to win a honeymoon in several beautiful locations in Mexico & Greece.
Luxury Wedding Show - RosevilleSunday, September 21, 2014, Noon - 4 pm
Fashion Shows at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Catta Verdera Country Club
1111 Catta Verdera, Lincoln CA
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The Luxury Wedding Show is always a fun and exciting event that we always look forward to. It's California's Only Bridal Show transformed into a wedding!
There are Couture Fashion Shows, Wine & Cake Tastings, Prize Giveaways, a chance to meet with the area's finest Wedding Professionals. From the lavish Designer Reception Table Showcase to the Bride-to-Be Bouquet Toss, it's like experiencing your wedding day from beginning to end!
Client Appreciation & Bridal Open House
DoubleTree by Hilton is known for superior hospitality and extraordinary service. Whether you are looking for an elaborate gala, an intimate affair, or a luxuriously laid-back atmosphere, the staff at the DoubleTree by Hilton is dedicated to making your wedding everything you have ever wanted.
If you've already booked another venue, that’s okay! All are welcome! Come out to the DoubleTree by Hilton and meet preferred vendors, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine and dessert tastings and take in the fabulous fashion show.
Grand Island Mansion Open House
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4 pm - 9 pm
13415 Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove, CA
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Come tour one of Sacramento's finest Wedding and Reception venues. Sample delicious cakes and scrumptious hors d'ouevres.
For further information, please call (916) 775-1705.
Open House at Vizcaya
If you haven’t been to Vizcaya, you’re missing out on one of downtown Sacramento’s premier wedding venues. Vizcaya’s unique combination of classic elegance and downtown accessibility is unmatched. And there’s no better way to see what Vizcaya has to offer than by visiting this open house. Top local vendors will be on hand too, so come by and get to know Vizcaya!
Luxury Wedding Show - SacramentoSunday, January 4, 2015, Noon to 4:00 pm
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814
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The Luxury Wedding Show is a bridal show set up as a mock luxury Ceremony and Reception showcasing work the area’s finest Wedding Professionals. This show features Ceremony Runway Fashion Shows, Luxurious Bridal Gift Bags, Wine and Cake Tastings, and hundreds of Wedding Inspiration Ideas.
Get a jump start on your planning at the FIRST Bridal Show of the Year!
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Bridal Shows
There is one thing a bride never has enough of – time. From the moment you get engaged until the day you get married, you will probably log hundreds of hours and endless miles. Take heart – there is a great time saver that allows you to shop for everything you need in one place, and at very little cost – it’s the bridal show. Good bridal shows have a variety of bridal vendors who exhibit many of the services and products you need to create a perfect wedding. At these shows, the brides-to-be are the guests of honor and the total focus of the vendors. They are eager to provide you with information and advice, free samples, and often, discounts.
Sacramento Bride and Groom offers these tips for getting the most out of your bridal show experience:
Bring pre-printed labels with your name, address, email, phone number and wedding dateUse sheets of labels from the office supply store that you print yourself. Even regular mailing address labels with your name and address are better than nothing. Having labels or a stamp eliminates the need to write this information every time you register with a vendor to win prizes or to receive information. Especially useful for those whose handwriting is "challenging"!
Create an email account specifically for wedding related communicationGive this email to show vendors instead of your regular email address, then just close it when it's no longer needed.
Bring a friendYour mother, your maid of honor, a bridesmaid or, best of all, your fiancé. It’s to your advantage to include him in as much as possible from the beginning. He's also perfect for carrying the big load of information and samples you'll be gathering!
Grab a bagAs soon as possible, find a vendor who provides them. You'll need one to carry goodies.
Find Sacramento Bride and GroomStop by and say hi! We love talking to our readers! Be sure to pick up a free copy of our magazine and sign up for our monthly giveaway.
Take the time to talk with vendorsDon't be shy! Vendors are there to talk to you! What better way to get a feel for how well they might be able to work with you? You can't get that from a visit to their website. Even if you don't end up hiring them, you just might pick up some great ideas that you haven't thought of. Plus, many vendors offer show specials that will save you money.
Register for everythingSure, you'll get put on lots of mailing lists. But you'll get lots of discount offers and specials and one (or more) just might come in handy! Plus, lots of exhibitors will have a giveaway. Someone's going to win it, maybe you! You can’t win if you don’t sign up.
Keep a camera handyDresses, table settings and decor, flowers, accessories...get photos of anything that catches your eye. You can refer to it later when you are deciding on the details.
Attend at least one fashion showThe bigger shows often feature a fashion show, and the fashion shows are often the highlight of the day. It may be the only time you and your companion will have an opportunity to sit down! When you see a gown you like, be sure to make a note on the program so you can remember which vendor to go back and visit before leaving the show.
Things slow down toward the endTypically, the crowds thin out in the last hour or two of most shows, especially at the smaller ones. Getting through the aisles is easier (a consideration if you bring a large group, need to deal with a stroller or have a harder time getting around), exhibitors will have more time to spend talking with you and the overall feel is a bit more relaxed. But beware - sometimes a long (4 hours or more, in the case of a small show), sparsely attended show will shut down early. So don't wait too long!
Remember, not all shows are created equal and its a good idea to plan to attend more than one. The big crowds at the largest shows can be overwhelming and a deterrent to having adequate time to talk with vendors. On the other hand, shows that are too small may not offer much variety in the services you need to plan your wedding.
Last, but not least, keep an open mind, have fun and be sure to reward the friends and family you bring along with a treat afterwards!