Bridal Expos

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See the bridal expo websites for their postponement updates.



Bridal Expo Tips:  

-Definitely bring your fiancé, if this is not possible bring your mother, maid of honor, mother-in-law or girlfriend. It is helpful to have a 2nd opinion.

-Popular services will book fast as will the much sought after dates, act quickly if you want to book their service.

-Create a list of questions and remember the merchants really want to help you.


-Ask vendors for referrals to other top notch vendors. Chat with other brides and grooms; share planning ideas.


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The Crystal Bride

 
Bridal Expo Tips continued

-If it is fashion you are seeking, check which expos feature a fashion show. Note the time and if you want a seat arrive early.

-If there is a line to talk to the vendor, listen to what they say to others. You can come back or contact them for an appointment.


-Watch for unique ideas; ask permission to take a photograph of a display or design. If it is a service you wish to book the photo will give your recall.

We can all look forward to the Fall 2020 and 2021 Bridal Expo Season.
Begin planning your wedding and social events now for Spring 2021.

I hope to see you at one of the expos and have a fantastic time!



Vendors: Become involved with The Bridal Guide's Bridal Expos: When and Where section
 

2020 Wedding Expos
Please check back! The organizers will give us their new 2020 dates soon! Most often the organizers will schedule their 2020 expos in the same month as the preceding year. 

Complete Wedding Expo
Contact Marilyn for details & additional shows: 847-254-0621; View the website for all dates and details: 
www.thecompleteweddingexpo.com

Complete Wedding Expo

 

Contact Marilyn at 847-254-0621; TheCompleteWeddingExpo.com






Join us for the Bridal Event of the Year! Full day of the top wedding companies, on-trend ideas, local and national experts, exciting products, services and fashion in the Chicagoland area. Over 100 wedding professionals, designer runway fashion show, food and bakery samples, cocktails and more. View our website for date confirmation: The CompleteWeddingExpo.com

You don't want to miss this one!


June  7 ~ Doubletree suites, Naperville
August 23 ~Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles * Come see Chicagoland's Biggest Bridal Event Ever!
September 13 ~The Highland Loft Event Venue, Elgin
November 8 ~ Bobak’s Signature Events, Woodridge
January  2021  ~Q Center, St. Charles
February 2021 ~The Highland Loft Event Venue, Elgin
March   ~Pinstripes, Oakbrook
April   ~Meyer Ballroom, Aurora 

* Appetizers and desserts will be served.
* Visit with over 80 Wedding Specialists in one place. 
* Designer Runway Fashion Show during the event.
* Over $50,000 in prizes will be given away at show.


 

Mad City Bridal Expos

Mad City Bridal Expo is a bridal event unlike any other.
They bring brides and vendors together across Wisconsin
and Northern Illinois in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
All shows are on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
View the website for complete details and dates

We are proud to announce our 2021 upcoming bridal show schedule and it includes,  2 - shows this year in Milwaukee!

Sun  - July 26  – Crowne Plaza - Madison, WI   
Sun - Auguest 9 – Sixth Floor Events – Milwaukee, WI
Sun  - November 8 – Crowne Plaza - Madison, WI 
Sun - March – Sixth Floor Events – Milwaukee, WI  
Sun  - March –Monona Terrace – Madison, WI 

 

APRIL 2020

Kuipers Family Farm, 6th Annual 
Bridal Expo 2020


CANCELLED - SpringCelebrate all things wedding at our romantic orchard, located just west of Chicago, SPRING 2021; 11am - 3pm. Watch our website at www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com for upcoming details or contact us at:  Special Events Director at 815-827-5200; www.KuipersFamilyFarm.com


 

Deer Valley Wedding Planner
CANCELLED Sunday, April 2020, 1 - 3 pm; Deer Valley Country Club, 23298 Hoover Road, Deer Grove; 815-438-4653 ext 13; deervalleybanquets@yahoo.com; deervalleybanquets.com

Second Annua Wedding Bliss Expo, Hoffman House
CANCELLED One lucky bride will win the Hoffman House Grand Prize! The first 100 brides to pre-register will receive a bridal gift bag full of goodies! April 2020 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.; 7550 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108; (815) 397- 5800; hoffmanhouserockford.com

 

JUNE 2020

The Wedding Walk! June 2020 12-3pm; The Woodstock Square, The complete details will be updated as we are given the information.


AUGUST 2020

August ~ Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles * Come see Chicagoland's Biggest Bridal Event Ever!
 

SEPTEMBER 2020

Rockford's Own Bridal Expo, New Location!
Rockford's Own Bridal Expo September, doors open at 12:30, fashion show at 2 p.m. Located to be determined, Rockford; 815-227-1557; Check our website for dates, locations and upcoming events; email@rockfordsownbridalexpo.com; www.rockford'sownbridalexpo.com

Quad Cities Fall Bridal Fall
QC Fall Bridal Fair will be in September at the iWireless Center at 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL. For updated information check Facebook or www.qcfallbridalfair.com


OCTOBER

Cantigny Park
October 2020, View our new wedding tent: Woodside Pavilion; 1515 Winfield Rd., Wheaton; 630-260-8145 or weddings@cantigny.org; cantigny.org​ 

 
NOVEMBER

Mad City Bridal Expos

Mad City Bridal Expo is a bridal event unlike any other.
They bring brides and vendors together across Wisconsin
and Northern Illinois in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
All shows are on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
View the website for complete details and dates


November - Crowne Plaza Hotel - 4402 East Washington Ave- Madison, WI 
March - Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Dr., Madison - 11:30am - 3:30pm
July  - Crown Plaza Hotel, 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison
August  - Sixth Floor Events, 176 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

www.madcitybridalexpo.com; Email: madcitybridalexpo@yahoo.com; 847-577-6805

Bridal Expo Chicago

Bridal Expo Chicago has been the number one luxury bridal show and expo for more than 30 years! Attend our show and experience everything new and trending in weddings. Join them on Sunday, November 2020; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m; Chicago Marriott NW, Hoffman Estates; 4800 Hoffman Blvd.; Hoffman Estates; www.eventbrite.com

Geneva Wedding Walk
The perfect time to explore wedding details and all that Geneva has to offer at their downtown Geneva Wedding Walk, TBD. Brides, please register at
genevabride.com for the wedding walk!

DECEMBER

NIU A Night at the Castle
You are cordially invited for an evening of networking with your peers as we showcase the capabilities of NIU's meeting and event spaces, Dec. 2020 from 5 - 7 p.m. Altgeld Hall, DeKalb.

Avante' Banquets - The Complete Wedding Expo
Sunday, December 2020, Avanté Banquets is a purveyor of fine American dining and timeless experience, brought to you by Chicago Prime Steakhouse. Come out to visit with over 35 wedding vendors, tastings by Avante' and a designer fashion show. Show hours: 11:30-3:00pm, Located at: 1050 NW Hwy, Fox River Grove; 847-254-0621, www.thecompleteweddingexpo.com 

 

JANUARY 2021

Please check back! The organizers will give us their new 2020 dates soon! Most often the organizers will schedule their 2020 expos in the same month as the preceding year.

 
The Wedding Network
The Winter Wedding Show plus The Wedding Garage Sale, Sunday January 2021; 12-3pm; Bull Valley Golf Club. The Wedding Network has been putting on the areas biggest and best wedding shows since 2014. Take your wedding business to the next level with tons of great new leads all in one afternoon!
 















 
 
 

Annual Davenport Jaycees Bridal Expo
...Helping you plan the wedding of your dreams... This year's Bridal Expo is projected to be the largest bridal fair in the Quad City area. Nearly 160 vendors will participate in the expo and nearly a thousand brides will attend to plan their own dream wedding. Saturday, January 2021; from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; RiverCenter 136 E. 3rd St., downtown Davenport Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. River Center, 136 E. 3rd St., downtown Davenport, Iowa; jayceesexpo@gmail.com or www.jcexpo.com

Whitetail Ridge 
Whitetail Ridge and Ashley Farm invite you to their annual Whitetail Ridge Golf Club Expo, January 2021 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 7671 Clubhouse Drive, Yorkville, Illinois; 630-882-8988; whitetailridgegolfclub.com
 

Something Blue - Prairie Street Brewhouse

Bringing a change in Rockford area traditional bridal shows, Something Blue will inspire couples with endless possibilities. Set at the gorgeous venue of Prairie Street Brewhouse, vendors will showcase their work in an intimately-styled vignette. Join us on January 2021 at 200 Prairie Street in Rockford; psbrewhouse.com

 
Wedding Max Bridal Show
The Quad Cities Wedding Max Bridal Show will present their expo on Saturday, January 2021 at The TaxSlayer Center (formerly iWireless Center), 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL. For more details, go to their website at www.weddingmaxbridalshow.net

Illinois Bridal & Wedding Expo
Saturday, January 2021 and Sunday, January 2021, both events are from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The event features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you; also many prizes and giveaways. Register in advance! Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont; www.herecomestheguide.com

Rockford's Own Bridal Expo, New Location!
Rockford's Own Bridal Expo January 2021, Doors open at 12:30, Show at 2 p.m.; Admission is free. Located at Radisson Hotel, 200 S. Bell School Rd, Rockford; Contact 815-227-1557; www.rockford'sownbridalexpo.com; email@rockfordsownbridalexpo.com 

Starved Rock Lodge
Join us on Sunday, January 2021 from 12-3 pm in the Great Hall for our 15th Annual Starved Rock Lodge Wedding Expo! Meet with our preferred vendors, explore the wedding venue, sample delicious cuisine and enjoy champagne. Free event, no RSVP needed. www.starvedrocklodge.com/events
 
Wedding Max Bridal Show
The Quad Cities Wedding Max Bridal Show will present their expo on Saturday, January 2021 at The TaxSlayer Center (formerly iWireless Center), 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL. For more details, go to their website at www.weddingmaxbridalshow.net

Illinois Bridal & Wedding Expo
Saturday, January 2021 and Sunday, January 5, 2020, both events are from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The event features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you; also many prizes and giveaways. Register in advance! Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont; www.herecomestheguide.com

Rockford's Own Bridal Expo, New Location!
Rockford's Own Bridal Expo January 2021, Doors open at 12:30, Show at 2 p.m.; Admission is free. Located at Radisson Hotel, 200 S. Bell School Rd, Rockford; Contact 815-227-1557; www.rockford'sownbridalexpo.com; email@rockfordsownbridalexpo.com 

Starved Rock Lodge
Join us on Sunday, January 2021, 12-3 pm in the Great Hall for our 15th Annual Starved Rock Lodge Wedding Expo! Meet with our preferred vendors, explore the wedding venue, sample delicious cuisine and enjoy champagne. Free event, no RSVP needed. www.starvedrocklodge.com/events
 
State Line Splendor
January 2021; Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center, Rockford; Doors open at noon; fashion show 2:30 pm; See the website or contact Jill Gleitz at 815-289-6867; Reserve your spot at: statelinesplendor.com
 


FEBRUARY 2021

Sauk Valley Bridal Fair
The Sauk Valley Bridal Fair hosted by Sauk Valley Media and Seno Formal Wear will be held on Sunday, February 2021 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College, located midway between Dixon and Sterling on IL. Rte. 2. For details, (815)625-3600 ext. 5630 or marketing@saukvalley.com; facebook.com/events

Something Blue
Something Blue will hold their wedding event on February 2021; 12 pm - 1 pm; General Admission from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; The Rockford Bank and Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Rd., Rockford; facebook.com/SomethingBlueRockford

Sauk Valley Bridal Fair
The Sauk Valley Bridal Fair hosted by Sauk Valley Media and Seno Formal Wear will be held on Sunday, February 2021 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College, located midway between Dixon and Sterling on IL. Rte. 2. For details, (815)625-3600 ext. 5630 or marketing@saukvalley.com; facebook.com/events

Something Blue
Something Blue will hold their wedding event on February 2021; 12 pm - 1 pm; General Admission from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; The Rockford Bank and Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Rd., Rockford; facebook.com/SomethingBlueRockford
 

Blumen Garden's Bridal Bash 
Join us on Sunday, February 2021 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for Blumen Gardens’ First Annual Bridal Bash. This event will feature all things bridal. It will let you choose from some of the top vendors in the area to make your dream wedding into a reality. Whether you are ready to pick out your bouquet or just getting started this event is for you! Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/88665636305 

Mark you calender's for our first ever Blumen Bridal Bash on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward Street, Sycamore; blumengardens.com/upcoming-events






Greater North Central Illinois Bridal Expo 2021

 The Coyote is partnering with CSC Chicagoland Skydiving Center, February 2021 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1207 West Gurler Rd., Rochelle; Kris Wexell, 815-562-7001; 1023thecoyote.com

 

MARCH 2021 

It's a Beautiful Day Bridal Fair
The annual expo is Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Vista Grande, 2141 16th St. NW Clinton, Iowa; Clinton Printing, for information call 563-242-7895; print@clintonprinting.com; clintonprinting.com
 

#Wedding Bridal Shows and Prairie Street Brewing Co.
Join them for an exciting bridal show in a brand new location in a very old venue, Fri, March 27, 2020; 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.! This gorgeous, historic old brewery is ideal for contemporary and classic weddings alike! Come meet all the vendors and create your perfect wedding day! They are giving away thousands of dollars in gifts, discounts, and prizes! It's FREE for brides, grooms, and all their guests! Located at Prairie Street Brewing Co., 200 Prairie Street, Rockford; www.eventbrite.com

Ellis House and Equestrian Center Bridal Expo

7th Annual Bridal Expo; Sunday, March 2020, 11am – 2pm; 13986 McKanna Rd,  Minooka; Contact Antoinette White; 630-552-5253; E-mail: AWhite@CoKendallIL.us; ellishec.com

InterContinental Chicago
The 18th bridal Showcase - March 2020, Recognized as one of the elite bridal shows in the Chicago market with top wedding professionals. Featuring a fashion show and much more. Location and date to be finalize; 847-903-0793; Candice@ABC-Communications.com; ChicagoBridalShowcase.com





APRIL 2021

Kuipers Family Farm, 6th Annual Bridal Expo 2021


Celebrate all things wedding at our romantic orchard, located just west of Chicago, SPRING 2021; 11am - 3pm. Watch our website at www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com for upcoming details or contact us at:  Special Events Director at 815-827-5200; www.KuipersFamilyFarm.com



Working with Vendors at an Expo
Before the Bridal Expo Begins

Complete Wedding Expo
It is almost a must for engaged couple to attend at least one bridal expo, but attending more than one will give the couple a better choice of resources and options. The show will give you marvelous ideas and stimulate planning. You will actually have “face to face” time with vendors in all wedding categories. This will help you realize what vendors “click” with your personality.

Attend bridal shows in your geographic location since the vendors will be nearby your ceremony and reception location.

Before attending a bridal expo there is a planning process to make you most efficient at the show:
-Pre-register before the show and some shows offer a discount on the entrance fee which saves time at the entry. Some automatically put your name in the drawing for gifts.
-Do your research to pre-qualify and evaluate the show ahead of time. Focus on the vendors you are missing and spend the most time with the one’s you need. Some vendors offer discounts on their services if you book them at the expo.
-Bring your appointment book to schedule meetings on the spot; bring a tablet and pen to write down special thoughts or ideas.
-Print labels with your both the bride’s and groom’s name, wedding date, postal and email address and phone number so that you can quickly attached the label to the vendor’s forms versus writing all the details. This will save so much time!
-Bring fabric color swatches or ribbons to help match your color scheme.
-Bring a credit card to book vendors on the spot. If there should be an unfortunate circumstance you most likely will be credited funds back to the credit card rather than using a personal check. Also, use the credit card to take advantage of discounts offered only at the show. Naturally, carry some cash too.
- Popular services will book fast as will the much sought after dates, act quickly if you want to book their service.
-Create a list of questions and remember the merchants really want to help you.
-Bring a few snacks and a beverage; vendors will offer taste-tests, but don’t waste time waiting in line for food at a snack bar, especially if it is not wedding related food booth. Mix your snack time with break time and review your most favorite vendors. Separate the most interested prospects placing them in a separate area in the collection bag or purse. Speaking of purse, don’t bring it into the event; it is just something else for you to carry.
Now that you have prepared for the expo, the next step is to put the action into play.
-Visit every booth even if it’s only to pick up a business card. You may later decide to include them in the wedding after all.
-Arrive early whether it is a large or small expo and don’t rush. As you begin the tour, peruse one isle and then the other staying on one side at a time. You won’t miss a booth by touring with this system.
-Gather information from other vendors too but allocate most of your time to the vendors in need to complete the wedding.
-Ask vendors for referrals to other top-notch vendors. Chat with other brides and grooms; share planning ideas.
-If it is fashion you are seeking, check which expos feature a fashion show. Note the time and if you want a seat arrive early.
-If there is a line to talk to the vendor, listen to what they say to others. You can come back or contact them for an appointment.
-Watch for unique ideas; ask permission to take a photograph of a display or design. If it is a service you wish to book the photo will give your recall.
-Definitely bring your fiancé, if this is not possible bring your mother, maid of honor, mother-in-law or girlfriend. It is helpful to have a 2nd opinion.

Now you have a plan and know the best way to view the wedding vendor booths and get the most out a bridal expo. Wear comfortable shoes, carry a tote bag with snacks and water and visit as many booths as possible. Breathe deeply and bear in mind that wedding preparation takes months of decision making and organizing for the momentous day. Take your time and enjoy the show; make one decision at a time.
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