Bridal Wave: five of the best upcoming Toronto bridal shows
With banquets, dancing, flowers and open bars, there’s very little not to like about weddings. There’s sometimes very little to like, however, in the chaotic months spent organizing it all. Wedding shows and bridal shows can make the process relatively painless by gathering together everything you need to get hitched without a hitch. Below, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto bridal shows from now until the end of April.
The Wedding Co. Show
• When and where: January 11-13 at The Carlu, 444 Yonge St.
• How much: $30
• Number of vendors: 102
• Website: theweddingco.com
Wedding Co. creative director Catherine Lash’s show has an iconoclastic bent aimed squarely at Toronto’s modern, urban couples, Expect tips on engraving your own wedding rings with tweets and out-there save-the-dates and invitations. Toronto designer Ines Di Santo, whose stunning ivory silk gown impressed us last year, will also be on hand as a featured exhibitor.
The Total Wedding Show
• When and where: January 18-20 at The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga
• How much: $15
• Number of vendors: over 350
• Website: totalweddingshow.com
This is one of the biggest shows of the year, featuring services ranging from venue reps to ice carving. You could potentially book your entire wedding in a single afternoon.
National Bridal Show
• When and where: January 25-27 at the Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
• How much: $15, but free for registered brides
• Number of vendors: 150+
• Website: spring.nationalbridalshow.com
The National Bridal Show has some serious celebrity cred: Jane Dayus-Hinch, from Wedding SOS, and Keasha Rigsby, from Keasha’s Perfect Dress, will both be on hand throughout the weekend.
Kismet South Asian Wedding Show
• When and where: February 10 at The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga
• How much: TBD, but you can get in touch via Facebook for complimentary passes.
• Number of vendors: 200+
• Website: kismetweddingshow.com
Kismet is billing the 10th iteration of its South Asian wedding show as North America’s largest. The usual displays and contests are in play, and there are also 200 gift bags with cosmetics from Vasanti Cosmetics and Pari Beauty for brides-to-be.
Toronto’s Bridal Show
• When and where: April 19-21 at the Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
• How much: Not on sale yet, but expect them to run $15-$20
• Number of vendors: Already around 275 and still growing
• Website: torontosbridalshow.com
It isn’t quite as big as the Total Wedding Show, but Toronto’s Bridal Show is still massive. The focus is on sophisticated offerings, including multiple runway fashion shows.
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