So, you’ve been looking at real weddings and scrolling through pages of vendor reviews and portfolios to assemble your dream team? Well, now it's time to check out what vendors have to offer IRL. We’ve rounded up the hottest 2019 Winter and Spring Toronto bridal shows to help you bolster your vendor squad and get a bit of wedding inspo along the way. These expos bring out the best of the best in the industry, so they’re definitely worth attending.
Here are the Toronto bridal shows you don’t want to miss this season.
Lavish Dulhan Wedding Show (January 6, 2019)
The Lavish Dulhan Wedding Show will kick off the 2019 Toronto bridal show season with a South Asian-geared expo at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex. The event will bring in a bevy of wedding professionals, from cake designers to videographers, making it a one-stop shop for your big day. Not sold yet? There will also be fashion shows, experiential areas, complimentary makeovers, food samples, and a grooms lounge. Tickets are $25-$50 dollars but are well worth the investment.
Canada’s Bridal Show (January 11-13, 2019)
Next up is the much-loved Canada’s Bridal Show. Founded in 1984, this convention has been showcasing the wedding pros of Canada’s bridal industry for over 30 years and is one of the most renowned wedding exhibitions in the country. As per usual, the event will bring hundreds of expert wedding vendors and planners to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a three-day stint. This year’s list of exhibitors includes Elite Beauty, Heavenly Creation Florist and Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay (just to name a few). Tickets cost a mere $20.
Must Be Kismet (January 13, 2019)
Missed the fall Must Be Kismet show way back in September? NBD, another one is right around the corner! The event will take over Mississauga’s International Centre and give you the chance to see the work of the GTA’s top South Asian wedding vendors. There will be fashion shows, panels and displays that may give you some inspo for your wedding theme, colour scheme and more. Tickets cost $10 for general admission or $15 if you want to see a fashion show, too.
The WedLuxe Wedding Show (January 13, 2019)
Want to hit two Toronto bridal shows in one day? Make your way to The Carlu on the 13th and you’ll be immersed in a real wedding wonderland. Over 100 elite florists, cake designers, stationers and other wedding pros will be showing their stuff, so you’re bound to stumble upon something you love. Keep in mind that this show is more like a party than an exhibition so you’ll have more time to mix and mingle with the best in the biz. Tickets cost $60 if you purchase before January 7, and $75 from then onward.
Modern Bride Wedding Show (January 19-20, 2019)
If you’re free the weekend of the 19th, mark the Modern Bride Wedding Show on your calendar. As with years past, it’ll take place at the International Centre in Mississauga and bring out the best in the business. But wait, there’s more! You’ll also be treated to tastings, live entertainment, fashion shows, hair and makeup trials, photo booth sessions, mini consultations and gift bags (giving you plenty of bang for your buck). Admission only costs $10 online or $15 when you pay at the door.
The Wedding Show (January 27, 2019)
On the last Sunday of the month, The Wedding Show will be transforming the Hyatt Regency’s ballroom into a wedding mecca. Along with the opportunity to meet with wedding pros, you’ll get live entertainment, hair and makeup trials, tastings, consultations, contests, swag bags and more. There are also a few workshops - like Wedding Planning 101 and Decor & Floral Trends - that you and your partner can take part in if you’re feeling a little lost on your wedding journey. Tickets are free, but you’ll have to pony up $10 if you want to attend a workshop.
National Bridal Show (February 1-3, 2019)
Start your February off right by hitting up the National Bridal Show at the Enercare Centre. Its list of exhibitors is yet to be released, but you can expect to see photographers, entertainers, limousine companies, planners and everything in between. As with years past, there will also be a massive bridal gown sale with more than 250 wedding dresses discounted at 50% off (perfect for bargain hunters). Brides-to-be get free entry while other guests will have to pay $18 at the door (or $15, if they pre-order tickets before January 1st).
The Wedding Co. Market (February 24, 2019)
The Wedding Co. will be filling Artscape Wychwood Barns with bridal wear, bouquets and beautiful decor for its fifth year in a row this February. If rustic chic goodies and artisan creations are going to be staples in your upcoming celebration, attending this market is an absolute must. Last year’s show boasted new age boho decor, metallic cakes and more all crafted by Toronto’s bridal industry members. Early bird tickets cost $15 and will be available until January 1st, after that they’ll be $20.
Ultimate Destination Wedding Show (February 24, 2019)
If a destination wedding is in the cards for you, this Toronto bridal show needs to be on your radar. It will be happening at C Banquets in Mississauga on the last Sunday in February. What can you expect? Free consultations with travel and wedding pros, snacks and a one-hour presentation all about planning your dream destination wedding. Admission is $10 online or $15 at the door.
The Ultimate Bridal Show (March 23, 2019)
At the end of March, the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga will be packed with brides-to-be and wedding pros for the Ultimate Bridal Show. The exhibition will host a bevy of top-notch vendors, including Fairytales Creations and Catering, C Banquets and New Age Sound & Lighting. There will also be a fashion show and tons of giveaways and contests happening throughout the day. You’ll need to register online, but entry is 100% free for brides and grooms.