Bridal Expo

Calgary Bridal Expo

The Details: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10am – 5pm
Booth #45 in the Artisan Area, BMO Center, Stampede Park, Halls D,E

Bridal Expo is Alberta’s biggest fall bridal show hosting over 150 of Calgary’s leading wedding specialists.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has some tips to help you navigate and make the most of your visit to Bridal Expo 2016.

Plan Which Vendors to Meet
Take a look through the online Vendor Guide to see which vendors seem like they would be a good fit for you and your fiance.  Keep an open mind at the Expo, but it is helpful to have a plan for where the vendors are whom you’d like to meet.

Bring a Friend or Two
A friend can help you carry your swag and enter contests, while you connect with vendors and make appointments. You may be tempted to bring your whole squad but choosing just one or two means you won’t be overwhelmed by all of their opinions. Maybe your Fiancé would like the chance to connect with vendors too?

Avoid the Crowds, Start in the Artisan Area!
Boutique vendors such as Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be located in the Artisan Area near the food trucks and fashion show.  Skip the crowds by making your way to the Artisan Area while everyone else is crowded around the booths by the entrance!

Comfy Shoes
You will need about 2 or 3 hours at the Expo, and it can be hard on your tootsies.

Enter Draws
Print up labels with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and email address on them to save time when entering to win prizes.  That way, your helper can put your sticker on the entry form while you connect with the wedding specialists!  Labels will also be available for sale at the entrance.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be giving away two prize packs each including a GC for $200 off Planning and Coordination services.  Good luck!

Refuel
There will be some great options at the Food Trucks in the Artisan Area, so grab a bite and you’ll be ready to venture back out for more inspiration.

Post-Expo
Be sure to get in touch with the vendors who you connected with before your wedding date gets booked.  Many of the vendors will be reaching out to you as well.  Set up appointments with the vendors you connected with to discuss their potential role in your wedding.

Hope to see you there!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of your wedding.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant  

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1) Tell your families!
In person if possible, why not host a simple brunch this weekend.  If your families don’t live in the same city as you do, then pick up the phone or tell them via skype.  Just make sure not to let them find out second-hand, via social media or text.

2) Determine Budget
Determine who is contributing to your wedding budget and how much.  If your parents or his have made vague offers of “some help” it is important to ask for a more clear idea of exactly how much help that means.

3) Draft Guest List
Choosing venues that fit your guest number will be so much easier once you know what your criteria are.  Even if the guest list is only a draft for now, it will be so much more useful than a randomly chosen range that “sounds about right” to you and your fiancé.  Do yourselves a favor and take the time to jot down an honest to goodness list of names.

4) Consider a Consultant/ Coordinator
Don’t worry, you are still the one planning your wedding!  Hiring a Certified Wedding Consultant & Coordinator can actually SAVE you money, and keep you and your fiancé on BUDGET!  This is probably the first and last wedding you will plan, but your Certified Wedding Coordinator has already got experience and knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry in your city!  She (or he) can make recommendations based on your unique needs.

Even if you don’t need them for the whole process, you can hire a Certified Wedding Consultant to prepare a Wedding Blueprint including budget, timeline and vendor suggestions within your budget and criteria, a Wedding Coordinator will alleviate stress.

5) Choose Ceremony Venue
The ceremony itself is the whole reason for the celebration, right?  Once you have chosen your ceremony venue, the other decisions will be much easier to make because you will officially have your wedding date!

6) Think about your Attendants
Now that you have your budget, venue, date you have an idea how many bouquets you can afford.  Chances are you already have put some thought into this one, just keep in mind that being in a wedding party can put a strain on relationships.

7) Begin Dress Shopping
Yes, already.  Most Brides don’t just luck out by finding “the one” in your size right off the rack.  It can take time not only to choose the right style and dress, but also to order it and have the alterations done.  Save yourself the stress of not knowing if it will be finished/ come in time.  Grab your mom and your newly appointed bridesmaids and make a fun day of it!

You are off to a fabulous start!  Watch for my upcoming post about getting started on planning a Destination Wedding!  If you still need direction or advice, don’t hesitate to give me a shout at hello@birchandbunny.ca

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about month-of coordination services, full wedding planning and coordination or professional consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

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