There’s no better place to mingle and commiserate with other stressed-out brides-to-be and their entourages than a good ol’ wedding show. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, hunting for great discounts or trying to throw together a ceremony quickly, wedding shows are a great for anyone planning to tie the knot. Luckily, eight great ones are popping up all over BC the next few months.
Love Fusion Wedding Show
If you find yourself in a tug of war game between what you want from your special day and the ceremony your mom thinks you should have, this is a don’t miss event. The show is unique in that it focuses on balancing family and cultural tradition with personal tastes — it features not only West Coast wedding styles but also traditional Chinese, South Asian, Filipino and Vietnamese weddings as well. A globally-inspired meal-tasting buffet at 6 pm will stave off the post-show hunger pangs for an additional $30.
Date: February 16 | 10 am to 4:30 pm
Venue: Westin Bayshore – Downtown Vancouver
More Info: lovefusionweddingshow.com
A Wedding Affair – Richmond Wedding Show
Sample the food at River Rock, win prizes and get inspiration while sipping a glass of wine at Richmond’s 12th annual incarnation of A Wedding Affair. There also promises to be an “interactive fashion soiree” where models wander the crowd in full wedding attire.
Date: February 23 | 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Venue: River Rock Casino Resort – Richmond
More Info: imaginethatevents.ca
Fleur Luxury Wedding Show
BC’s most star-studded wedding show, Fleur 2020 will feature an immersive luxury décor walk showcasing the newest wedding trends up close and personal. Expect talks from dress designer Desiree Siegfried, author of “My Fairytale Wedding” and star of Season 9 of the Bachelorette, and Alison McGill, editor-in-chief of Weddingbells, who will teach you how to get your wedding in a magazine. Plus, there’s a fashion show and a curated collection of items geared towards gentlemen tucked away in the Penthouse Suite
Date: March 8 | 11 am to 4 pm
Venue: JW Marriott Parq - Vancouver
Tickets: $40 (early bird)
More Info: fleurvancouver.com
All Dressed in White
Expect over 70 venders, show-only specials, plenty of beautiful wedding dresses and brides-to-be digging into a whole cake with their bare hands. Yes, five brides will compete to find a ring hidden inside a massive cake. Bizarre? Very. Messy? Absolutely. Hilarious? As long as you’re not the one doing it. It’s a good reminder that the most important part of any wedding is having fun.
Date: March 29 | 11 am to 2:30 pm
Venue: Anvil Centre – New West
Tickets: From $15
More Info: all-dressed-in-white.com
Bridal Fashion Week
If the hunt for the perfect dress has left you a little uninspired, you're in luck. Bridal Fashion Week will be making stops in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Surrey this year and is promising to be the “biggest and grandest” show yet. Of course, the star of the show is the dress collection, with gowns of all styles and cultures taking a turn on the runway. Plus the trunk show in Surrey on April 5 is free.
Date: April 4 | 12 to 6 pm
Venue: Fairmont Waterfront - Vancouver
Tickets: General admission $15; bride and groom $25
More Info: bridalfashionweekcanada.com
Fraser Valley Wedding Festival
Now in it’s 15th year, the Fraser Valley Wedding Festival has over 60 exhibitors - it's a great opportunity for Fraser Valley guys and gals to meet local exhibitors, try samples and see dresses. But be warned: people often line up quite early in hopes of getting one of their coveted gift bags. With contributions from each vendor, they supposedly value at over $1500, mainly in coupons but also in samples and magazines. There’s only 150 of them and they go quick
Date: April 5 | 12 to 4 pm
Venue: Cascades Casino Resort - Langley
Tickets: $10 (bride and groom are free)
More Info: fraservalleyweddingfestival.com
The Original Bridal Swap
Part flea market, part wedding show, the Original Bridal Swap is a great place to get gently used décor on a budget. Most used wedding supplies (from runners to ring pillows) are about 50-percent off the retail price but consigned dresses are up to 80-percent off if you're prepared to do some digging. If you’re a past bride, looking to get rid of old stuff, you can rent a table for $45.
Date: April 5 | 12 to 4 pm
Venue: Croatian Cultural Centre - Vancouver
More Info: bridalswap.com
Coastal Wedding Show
This show is just getting started (this is their inaugural event) but it’s promising to be a good one. It's Vancouver’s only wedding show dedicated to outdoor weddings — and we all know there's nothing a Vancouverites loves more than getting out of the city. Plus, it’s set against the stunning backdrop of Grouse Mountain’s chalet (yes, they do have weddings, we checked). A ticket includes a parking pass, sky ride ticket, drinks, snacks, admission into seminars and access to activities happening on the mountain at that time
Date: April 26 | 12 to 5 pm
Venue: Grouse Mountain chalet – North Vancouver
Tickets: Early bird - $30; Regular - $40
More Info: coastalweddingshow.com