Photo Credit: Sarah Marcella Hallee for Visit Alexandria
Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience, whether you are inviting 50 or 250 guests. Much of this pressure comes from the endless appointments with florists, dress shops, bakeries, caterers…the list goes on and on. Wedding expos are a great alternative to booking those countless appointments because they gather all of the experts into one convenient time and location, giving you the chance to discuss your wedding needs quickly and efficiently. Save yourself a few planning-related headaches and attend one or more of these Virginia wedding expos happening in 2017.
Alexandria Wedding Showcase—Alexandria
Date: February 19, 2017
Location: The Westin Alexandria
The Alexandria Wedding Showcase features over 50 wedding specialists from around Alexandria, offering helpful wedding demonstrations, fashion shows, and Q&A panels to give you expert advice for planning your big day. Talk to local florists, bakeries, dress boutiques, salons, venues, and more during this Northern Virginia wedding expo to discover everything from the latest trends to classic traditions in the wedding industry. Get tickets before February 12 for a chance to attend an intimate VIP reception with special guest Monte Durham from reality show “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta”, as well as a drawing to use Virginia’s iconic LOVE letters at your wedding and many other giveaways from local vendors. Online tickets are $15 for one person and $20 for two, or $20 per person for day-of tickets at the door. Get Tickets
The Big Day Bridal Expo—Fredericksburg
Dates: February 19, 2017 & August 13, 2017
Location: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Head to the Big Day Bridal Expo either during the February or August shows to make your wedding planning exponentially easier. All the premiere event planning experts will be on hand to give you advice, whether you are stuck on the venue, photography, catering options, décor, or simple choices like the party favors. Engaged attendees are eligible for drawings and giveaways during the expo, and pre-registered visitors are up for special additional prize drawings. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Richmond Greater Virginia Bridal Show—Doswell
Date: February 26, 2017
Location: Meadow Event Park
Another Virginia Bride Magazine Event, the Richmond Greater Bridal Show brings all things wedding to the capital city. Talk with wedding planning professionals about your big day, and meet “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” star Monte Durham as well as Mrs. Virginia United States during the expo. You’ll have access to special discounts from local vendors, chances to win cash, trip prizes, and free services, and nonstop live entertainment by The Absolute Band. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person, cash only.
Shenandoah Valley Greater Virginia Bridal Show—Harrisonburg
Date: March 5, 2017
Location: Rockingham County Fair Grounds
The Shenandoah Valley Greater Virginia Bridal Show is hosted by Virginia Bridal Magazine to give you great ideas while saving you time and money on planning. Meet with a variety of wedding professionals that display their products and services during the event, allowing you to taste catering samples and wedding cakes, check out dress and tux options during the fashion show, and even get special discounts for your own wedding. Attending bride and grooms will have the chance to win $1,000 or an expenses-paid honeymoon. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person, cash only.
Historic Manassas Bridal Show—Manassas
Date: March 12, 2017
Location: Center for the Arts
The Historic Manassas Bridal Show is a free event that covers every detail of your wedding planning, down to restaurants for rehearsal dinners and unique wedding party gift ideas from local Virginia vendors. Find your dream wedding dress at their pop-up dress boutique, and hear from more than 15 local businesses that have abundant experience catering to the wedding industry.
Lodge on the Lake Bridal Show—Haymarket
Date: March 19, 2017
Meet a few of the best wedding professionals in the region at the Lodge in the Lake Bridal Show in Haymarket. Snack on complimentary hor d’oeuvres provided by local caterers while you get inspiration for your dream wedding. Door prizes and giveaways offer a chance to get free services and wedding products during the expo. The event is free if you pre-register, or $10 per person at the door.
Washington Wedding Experience—Chantilly
Date: April 9, 2017
Location: Dulles Expo Center
Talk to experienced, talented wedding professionals to get tips and advice on the latest trends during the Washington Wedding Experience. The event includes a fashion show to find the perfect wedding dress, cake tastings, stunning arrangements by local florists, and many other wedding vendors displaying their professional knowledge. Get tickets ahead of time for $15 per person for all day admission and $10 for admission after 1pm. All tickets are $15 per person at the door.
Richmond Wedding Expo—Richmond
Date: July 16, 2017
Location: Altria Theater
Over 110 vendors gather at the Richmond Wedding Expo to demonstrate their wedding expertise. The event includes a fashion show organized by Tiffanys Bridal, The Groom’s Corner, and Posh PR. Get tickets online, with early admission selling for $20 per person and general admission tickets for $15. Day of, tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for early admission. In addition to the entry fee, attendees can purchase VIP tickets for front row seats to the fashion show, along with swag bags assembled by Richmond’s most trusted wedding professionals.
Charlottesville Elegance in Bridal Show—Charlottesville
Date: August 20, 2017
Location: Omni Hotel Charlottesville
Charlottesville Elegance in Bridal Show features more than 45 wedding experts from the area, giving you the chance to discuss your custom wedding vision with multiple vendors, all in one day. Pick up copies of free bridal magazines and witness the wedding fashion show to get ideas for wedding party attire, then start planning the details to your big day with help from florists and wedding cake bakeries that let you sample their delicious work. Many local vendors will have contests for wedding prizes, and the expo also gives away a variety of fantastic door prizes in a random drawing. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door.
More Wedding Expos in Virginia:
- Spring Fling Bridal Expo—Norfolk: March 26, 2017
- The Engagement Lounge Bridal Expo—Williamsburg: June 25, 2017
- The Richmond Wedding Experience—Richmond: August 20, 2017
- Southside’s Finest Bridal Expo—Virginia Beach: November 19, 2017