Written by: Rachel Antony
Whether you just got engaged, you're the maid of honour in your best friend's wedding or you just want to browse all the pretty bridal things, get ready for Calgary's biggest fall bridal show. With over 200 exhibitors you'll need the full day to see everything the Bridal Expo has to offer. You'll be inspired and motivated to plan the perfect wedding and now you'll have all the tools and resources you need at your fingertips. If that doesn't convince you, here are four other reasons why you need to attend the bridal expo:
1. Access to Industry Experts.
While you're seeing all the stunning decor, experiences and dresses that Calgary's bridal industry has to offer, you'll be able to pick the brains of over 200 industry experts who will be able to answer your questions and help inspire you when planning (or thinking of planning) a wedding. From designers to florists, to decorators to wedding planners, the wealth of knowledge available for the day is extensive and will make your life easier when it comes time for you to pick a dress, flowers, venue, etc. etc.
2. Two Fashion Shows.
There will be two fashion shows, one at noon and one at 3pm for you to be wowed and inspired when it comes to the latest trends in bridal fashion. The fabulous Derek MacDonald will host both shows so be ready to be entertained. See what your favourite designers have been working on for the upcoming season and be introduced to new designers who might catch your eye. You'll be amazed at the romantic and gorgeous dresses walking in front of you, make sure you bring your camera to remember your favourites.
3. Gown Sale.
You don't want to miss Alberta's largest gown sale. There will be hundreds of gowns to look through, make sure you come early for the best selection! All the dresses will be 40-70% off - discounts that you can't pass up. There will be experienced and knowledgeable bridal consultants to help you pick and try on dresses to find the perfect one for you. The gown sale is sponsored by Cameo & Cufflinks, Ethos Bridal and Novia Mia Bridal. The gown sale is open 10 am to 5 pm. VIP $49 tickets include early access to the sale at 9:00 am - we highly recommend it.
There are a few tips and tricks when it comes to gown sales. (1) Before you get to the Bridal Expo make sure you've done some research on what look you're going for. The consultants are there to help you find the most flattering dress, but having a starting point always helps! (2) Wear (or bring) a strapless bra, bustier or corset for the best fit when trying on the dresses. (3) Don’t forget a pair of shoes with the heel height you expect to wear on your wedding day.
4. Artisan Market.
The Bridal Expo is hosting a whole gallery of local artists and creators for you to enjoy. Their unique take on bridal decor and crafts will guarantee you will have a one-of-a-kind wedding. There will also be music and food trucks in case you need to rest your feet and figure out how you're going to buy the twenty dresses that you absolutely loved. Enjoy a coffee or treat while browsing the talented local artists, taking notes for wedding gifts, decor and inspiration.
The Bridal Expo is on September 17th at the BMO Centre from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Buy your tickets
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