Now that you’re engaged, you’re hearing all about the bridal shows going on. You’re wondering if it’s worth the time and money (although they don’t usually cost much at all) to go to one. Here are our top 3 reasons why you need to attend bridal shows during your engagement:

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1. It’s the best way to meet vendors of all types in one place.

Scratch that; it’s really the ONLY way you’ll manage to do this. At shows, bakers, caterers, photographers, DJs, wedding planners, you name it will all be able to tell you how they can help you with your wedding, and you won’t even have to leave the building. If that’s not efficiency, we don’t know what is.

2. Vendors get the chance to show AND tell.

Not sure if one vendor is all hype and no delivery? Don’t worry; at a bridal show, you’ll be able to sample the products any given vendor is offering. You can taste the cakes, enjoy the appetizers, see the photographer’s capabilities and style, sit in the limousine you could end up renting for yourself, test out how airbrush makeup really makes a difference and more!

3. You can talk to other brides about anything and everything weddings.

Are your friends getting sick of you talking about table settings and how tall your centerpieces should be? We know where you can find an entire room filled with a bunch of other ladies who can’t stop talking about it either: bridal shows. We promise you won’t find THAT opportunity anywhere else! Bounce ideas off of each other and see how your own come together!


Now, because we can’t help but toot our own horn once in awhile, here are our top 3 reasons why you should attend the Greater Virginia Bridal Shows hosted by yours truly!

1. You could win your entire wedding done for you for FREE.

At both of our upcoming shows (Richmond on June 7th and Fredericksburg on June 14th), we are kicking off  the Dream Wedding Giveaway, which means all you have to do is write your name on a piece of paper, put it in a box, and you will have the chance to win a $35,000 Dream Wedding given away at our winter 2016 bridal show. And what’s the best part about OUR wedding giveaways versus others? You actually get to pick the details. All that’s chosen for you is the vendors themselves, but the details are completely up to you, so you can still make a wedding that’s all about you! We also have a bunch of other giveaways that you can enter that can help with your wedding tremendously!

2. You get to watch a fabulous fashion show.

Still not sure on the style you want for your dress? Our bridal shows always host a fashion show featuring dresses from local shops so you can see what you’ll actually have the option to buy for your wedding. Even better? The shops hosting those shows will have a booth right there in the building so you can talk to them about the dresses you saw and set up appointments with them all on the same day!

3. You get free copies of Virginia Bride and Virginia Wedding Locations magazines.

This one might be while supplies last, but it’s still a pretty great deal! Other bridal magazines won’t have the local feel ours do, and you’ll learn about how you can use those ideas in your own area and the vendors who can help make your dreams come true for your wedding. And isn’t that what bridal magazines are really for?


We hope to see you at the Greater Virginia Bridal Shows this summer! Go to the “Bridal Shows” tab on the top of the page to learn more about our shows.

The author: Beth Wertz

Beth graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a degree in journalism. Most of her spare time is spent looking at wedding dresses and watching Netflix, hoping to get more ideas for Style Inspirations.