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Peoria, IL Bridal Shows, Attending a Bridal Show, Bridal Show Tips

Peoria, IL Wedding Guide


Bridal Shows

Throughout the wedding planning experience you will research a number of vendors. Bridal shows provide a great opportunity to have them all gathered in one place, to learn the latest in wedding trends and get your creative juices flowing. It is a good idea to take a few key people with you to help with the process and make the experience more enjoyable.


Below are a few tips and tricks to remember when attending the shows:

  • Talk to as many vendors as possible. Take advantage of them all being on display in one location.
  • Take a copy of pamphlets, business cards and leave behinds of vendors you liked the most. Review them after you get home and decide who you want to pursue further.
  • Bring a camera and notebook to capture ideas you like and have retain as a reference after the show.
  • Try the samples provided. Caterers will be on hand with a number of samples to try. Use this as a selling point to get your fiancé to join you!
  • Attend the fashion show. Many shows hold a fashion show for you to display the latest fashions down the runway. If this is of interest, make sure you get a seat or an optimal viewing area secured early. This is a popular event and space could be limited. If a fashion show holds little interest, this will be a prime time to go and visit the vendor booths as they will be less crowded.
  • Wear something comfortable, especially shoes. Expect a large crowd and plan on doing a ton of walking!
  • Purchase your ticket in advance. Some shows discount pre-sold tickets and this will allow you to avoid the long line at the ticket booth the day of the show.
  • Develop a game plan ahead of time. If you already have your dress or have chosen the caterer, by pass those vendors to spend more time investigating the ones you still need. Time will be precious so don’t waste it on something you won’t utilize.
  • Make a few decisions at the show. Attend the shows with those who are helping with decisions and you could walk away with some things already done. Some vendors offer discounts when you book during the show.
  • Enter the giveaways. Vendors will be offering a number of door prizes and giveaways. Enter them all to increase your chances of winning.

Bridal shows provide a great opportunity to learn from a large number of vendors who are right in front of you. Take advantage of everything and spend as much time possible, since these days are limited. Remember to have fun and enjoy the day!

Below is a regional list of shows currently scheduled in California:

Northern CA

Butte

"Dress Dash" Event - October 22, 2011
Canyon Oaks Country Club - 999 Yosemite Drive, Chico, CA 95928

7am - 10am
www.weddingsnorthvalley.com

Chico Bridal Showcase - January 8, 2012
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds - 2357 Fair Street, Chico, CA 95928

12pm - 5pm
www.weddingsnorthvalley.com


Grass Valley

Fovever Love Bridal Shows - October 30, 2011
Holiday Inn Suites-Bank Street - Grass Valley, CA

11am - 4pm
www.foreverlovebridalshows.com


Sonoma

The Sonoma Wedding Show - January 7, 2012
333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

11am - 4pm
www.santarosabridalshow.com

The Wedding Expo - January 28, 2012
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

12pm - 5pm
www.winecountrybride.com


Yuba

Winter Bridal Show - January 29, 2012
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds - 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991

Noon - 5pm
www.ysbridalshow.com

Bay Area

Alameda

Bay Area Wedding Fair - October 23, 2011
Pleasanton Marriott Hotel - 11950 Dublin Canyon Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

11am - 4pm
www.bayareaweddingfairs.com

Palmdale Estates Bridal Show - October 30, 2011
Palmdale Estates - 159 Washington Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539

Noon - 3pm
www.palmdaleestates.com/

Modern Bridal - January 12, 2012
Pleasanton Hilton - 7050 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton, CA

11am - 4pm
www.modernbridal.com

Modern Bridal - January 22, 2012
Claremont Resort & Spa - 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA

11am - 4pm
www.modernbridal.com


San Francisco

Modern Luxury Weddings - January 8, 2012
Ritz-Carlton - 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA

11am - 4pm
www.modernluxuryweddings.com

UnVEILed Bride - March 25, 2012
Terra Gallery - 511 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

11am - 4pm
www.unveiledevent.com


San Mateo

Fanfare Event - February 12, 2012
Kohl Mansion - 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA

1pm
www.fanfareweddings.com


Santa Clara

Seascape Golf Course Bridal Open House - October 23, 2011
Seascape Golf Course - 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

11am - 1pm
www.countryclubreceptions.com

Palo Alto Crowne Plaza Cabana Wedding Fair - October 23, 2011
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

11am - 4pm
www.bayareaweddingfairs.com

The Great Bridal Expo - November 6, 2011
San Jose Convention Center/Parkside Hall - 180 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95113

Noon
www.greatbridalexpo.com

Bridal Extravaganza - January 8, 2012
Santa Clara Marriott Hotel - 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

11am-3:30pm
www.bestbridalshow.com

The Wedding Faire & Symposium - January 7-8, 2012
Santa Clara Convention Center - 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA

10am-4pm
www.wedding-faire.com


Sacramento

Sacramento

Bridal Showcase - January 8, 2012
Cal Expo - Sacramento, CA

10am - 5pm
www.bridalshowcase-ca.com

Dream Wedding Show, Cal Expo - February 26, 2012
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

11am - 4pm
www.dreamweddingshow.com

Bridal-Expo - March 18, 2012
Hilton Sacramento Arden West - 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento, CA

11am - 4pm
www.bridal-expos.com


Stanislaus

International Wedding Festival - January 29, 2012
Modesto Centre Plaza - 1000 L Street, Modesto, CA

11am - 4pm
www.internationalweddingfestival.com


Merced

With This Ring Bridal Show - January 15, 2012
Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion - 900 Martin Luther King Jr Wy, Merced, CA

Noon - 4pm
californiabridalevents.com


Central Valley

Fresno

Central Valley Bridal Show - January 8, 2012
Fresno Convention Center - New Exhibit Hall - 848 M Street, Fresno, CA

10am - 4pm
pbshowplace.com/brides.php

International Wedding Festival - February 26, 2012
Fresno Convention Center - 700 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721

11am - 4pm
www.internationalweddingfestival.com

Central Valley Bridal Show - August 19, 2012
Fresno Convention Center - New Exhibit Hall - 848 M Street, Fresno, CA

10am - 4pm
pbshowplace.com/brides.php


Kern

The Ultimate Bridal Event - January 8, 2012
Rabobank Convention Center - 1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Noon - 4pm
www.ultimatebridalevent.com


Tulare

A Bridal Odyssey - January 15, 2012
Visalia Convention Center - 303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

11am - 4pm
www.abridalodyssey.com

A Bridal Event Wedding Style - March 11, 2012
Visalia Convention Center - 303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

Noon - 4pm
www.visaliaweddingstyle.com

A Bridal Event Wedding Style - September 9, 2012
Visalia Convention Center - 303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

Noon - 4pm
www.visaliaweddingstyle.com


Central Coast

Santa Barbara

Simply The Best Wedding Showcase of Santa Barbara - October 23, 2012
Santa Barbara Woman's Club (Rockwood) - 670 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA

11am - 3pm
www.simplythebestofsb.com


Southern CA

Los Angeles

White Satin Wedding Show - October 23, 2011
Fusion Wedding on Wheels - 686 S Arroyo Parkway #221, Pasadena, CA 91105

www.whitesatinweddingshow.com

Expo Bridal Events - October 30, 2011
Porter Valley Country Club - 19216 Singing Hills Dr, Northridge, CA 92373

11am - 3pm
www.expobridal.com

Diamond Bar Golf Course Bridal Show - November 6, 2011
Diamond Bar Golf Course Banquet Room - 22751 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

11am - 3pm
www.countryclubreceptions.com

Los Verdes Golf Club Bridal Show - TBA 2011
Los Verdes Golf Club - 7000 West Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

11am - 3pm
www.countryclubreceptions.com

Bridal Showplace - November 13, 2011
Hilton Hotel - Pasadena - 168 S. Los Robles, Pasadena, CA

11am - 4pm
bridalshowplace.net/shows.html

Bridal Showplace - January 8, 2012
The Queen Mary - Long Beach - 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA

11am - 4pm
www.bridalshowplace.net

Bridal Showplace - May 6, 2012
The Sky Room - 40 S. Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804

11am - 4pm
www.bridalshowplace.net

Bridal Showplace - August 12, 2012
The Queen Mary - Long Beach - 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA

11am - 4pm
www.bridalshowplace.net


Orange

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Bridal Show - October 23, 2011
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach - 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660

11am - 3pm
www.expobridal.com

Sea Cliff Country Club’s Annual Bridal Show - November 03, 2011
Sea Cliff Country Club - 6501 Palm Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

5pm–8pm
www.herecomestheguide.com

Dove Canyon Country Club Bridal Show - November 6, 2011
Dove Canyon Country Club - 22682 Golf Club Drive, Dove Canyon, CA 92679

11am - 4pm
www.countryclubreceptions.com

Marbella Country Club Bridal Show - November 13, 2011
Marbella Country Club - 30800 Golf Club Drive, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Noon - 4pm
www.herecomestheguide.com

Bridal Showplace - February 19, 2012
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel - Buena Park - 7675 Crescent Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

11am - 4pm
www.bridalshowplace.net

Spring Inland Empire Wedding Event - February 26, 2012
Victoria Gardens and Cultural Center - 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

10am - 4pm
www.herecomestheguide.com

Bridal Showplace - September 30, 2012
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel - Buena Park - 7675 Crescent Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

11am - 4pm
www.bridalshowplace.net


San Bernardino

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens Wedding Faire - November 6, 2011
Kimberly Crest House & Gardens - 1325 Prospect Dr, Redlands, CA 92373

11am - 4pm
www.kimberlycrest.org


San Diego

Bridal Bazaar - Fall Show - October 23, 2011
Del Mar Fairgrounds - 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

10am–4pm
www.bridalbazaar.com

Kiss the Bride Bridal Show - January 7, 2012
Pala Casino Spa & Resort - 11154 Hwy 76, Pala, CA

10am - 4pm
www.kissthebrideproductions.com

The Wed Club - February 26, 2012
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa - 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

11am - 4pm
www.thewedclub.com

Del Mar Wedding Event -March 4, 2012
Del Mar Marriott - 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

10am - 4pm
www.DelMarWeddingEvent.com


 
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