Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Bridal Shows and Expos

2009 is fast approaching and it's that time of the year for the start of the bridal show and expo season. If you are newly engaged, this can be one of the most exciting parts of preparing for your wedding. For Washington DC area brides and grooms, they have a huge advantage because they area so close to DC, MD, and VA that they could attend a different bridal show once or twice a month! There are more than enough bridal shows in this area for every budget and style. It's a wonderful opportunity for you to win great prizes and discounts towards your wedding day and also get fabulous decor ideas and tips.

Some brides wonder how to choose the right show or the "best show". My advice on selecting which shows to attend really depends on the bride and groom. If you are just looking to get as much free stuff as possible, then you should attend every show and sign up for every freebie and discount. On a side note, you run the risk of being constantly contacted by the vendors at the shows via email/phone calls because most shows require you to register (with a valid email/phone number). If you are truly shopping around for the best vendors, then you need to do some research on each show you plan to attend. Look at the history of the show, the organization sponsoring it, the show location, the number of vendors exhibiting, what is their"grand prize", and the price of admission (if any).

Just keep in mind that bigger isn't always better. Don't "sleep on" the smaller bridal shows! Often times these shows feature talented up and coming photographers, wedding planners, musicians, etc. who are willing to work extra hard to earn your business and make you happy. If you are planning a 2009 wedding in the Washington, D.C. area it's to your advantage to attend a few of the areas bridal shows. I will be exhibiting at the January 25, 2009 Washington Bridal Showcase in Bethesda, Maryland at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. I still have a few complimentary tickets so send me an email if you'd like one.

Upcoming Bridals Shows for Maryland and Virginia:


January 10-- 11:00 am-5:00 pm- Timonium Bridal Expo- Timonium Fair Grounds

January 25-- 11:00am-5:00pm- Washington Bridal Showcase- Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

February 15-- 11:00 am-3:00 pm- Washington Wedding Show- Greenbelt Marriott

April 19-- 2:00 pm-5:30 pm- Historic Oakland Bridal Showcase- Columbia, MD


January 11-- 11:00 am-3:00 pm- Washington Wedding Show- Waterford at Springfield,VA

February 1-- Washington Bridal Showcase- Dulles Expo Center- Chantilly, VA

March 29-- Washington Bridal Showcase- Patriot Center George Mason University- Fairfax, VA

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