Scrolling through Pinterest is a great way to start gathering wedding inspo, but you’re going to need to leave your screen behind at some point - that’s where wedding shows come into play. This fall, Ontario has a few major exhibitions on tap that’ll help get your creative juices flowing and let you meet wedding vendors face-to-face in one fell swoop.
Here are the wedding shows you don’t want to miss this season.
Canada's Bridal Show (September 8 - 10)
Kicking off the fall season is Canada’s Bridal Show, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The bi-annual show has been running for over 30 years and is the biggest in the region - so you’ll have plenty to check out over its three-day run. There will also be contests and giveaways, giving you the chance to win big for your wedding day. A ticket will run you $20.
The London Fall Bridal Show (September 9 - 10)
On the second weekend of September the London Convention Centre will be filled with wedding wonders for the annual London Fall Bridal Show. If you’re in the market for some stunning decor, need to round out your vendor squad or just want a bit of inspiration to jumpstart your planning journey, this is the place to be. Tickets cost $12.
National Bridal Show (September 15 - 17)
The National Bridal Show, which happens every spring and fall, will take over Mississauga’s International Centre on the weekend of September 15th. The event will bring out the GTA’s top wedding professionals and offer plenty of inspo for your big day. If you’re looking to buy your bridal gown, you’re in luck. The event is hosting a massive sale on over 400 dresses with discounts ranging from 50%-70% off. You can get your hands on a ticket for $18.
Niagara Autumn Wedding Show (September 17)
Take a trip to St. Catherines on September 17th and you’ll find the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show in full swing. The event is happening at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and will host exhibitors like Bella Mia Bridal, Doug Wolters Photography, Magic Mirror Events and dozens more. General admission costs $12.
London Bridal Expo (September 23 - 24)
Head to London’s Metroland Media Agriplex on the weekend of the 23rd and you’ll see a bevy of bridal (and wedding) goodies on display. Attendees will spend their day(s) checking out dreamy dresses, chatting with local photographers, scoping out caterers and winning prizes (sounds pretty great, huh?). Tickets go for $10 apiece.
Must Be Kismet (September 24)
On September 24th Vaughan’s Universal Eventspace will be turned into a matrimonial mecca. The event will showcase everything (and everyone) you’ll need to throw one killer South Asian wedding. Makeup artists, audio-visual pros, decor specialists and more will be on the scene to show off their stuff from 12-6. General admission costs $20 and VIP packages run for $40.
Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show (September 24)
This is the biggest wedding show in the Hamilton-Halton region, so if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth stopping by. It takes place at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s and will get you in touch with all the pros you’ll need on your team to turn all your wedding dreams into reality. There will also be two fashion shows, offering drop dead gorgeous options for both men and women. Tickets go for $12.
Wedding Palace Bridal Show (September 30 - October 1)
On the final weekend of September the Wedding Palace Bridal Show will fill Ottawa’s Shaw Centre with dreamy gowns, beautiful floral arrangements, top notch musicians and more. There will also be plenty of fashion shows to watch and delicious eats to sample, giving you a taste of what’s to come in your wedding planning journey. General admission costs $15 (or $13 if you buy early) and VIP tickets run for $25.
Beneath the Veil (October 15)
The 4th annual Beneath the Veil show is going down on the 15th at one of Toronto’s most picturesque restaurant venues, Rosewater. It’ll bring in dozens of wedding pros, plus everything you could ever want out in an expo - mini makeovers, photo booths, a wine bar, cake tastings, giveaways, special deals and swag bags (just to name a few of its best features). Presale tickets go for $20, or you can purchase yours at the door for $30.
Modern Bride Wedding Show (October 15)
Plan on passing through Thornhill on October 15th? Make your way to the Thornhill Community Centre to meet with the best in the wedding business (40 exhibitors will be in attendance). But that’s not all! There’ll also be fashion show featuring styles for both brides and grooms as well as a few killer giveaways. Admission is free, so you can save those extra pennies for your tuxes and tablescapes.
Ottawa Wedding Show (October 21 - 22)
If you call Ottawa home (or plan on getting hitched there), hitting this show is a must. The event takes over the EY Centre, transforming it into a wedding paradise for two full days. It’ll host a ton of fantastic vendors, from photography pros to top notch stationers. Other things to look forward too? A bevy of contests and draws, pop-up bridal boutiques, a social media lounge and plenty of tastings and samples. Tickets go for $15 at the door.
The Wedding Show (October 22)
Closing out the fall season is The Wedding Show, which takes place on October 22 in the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville. Couples will get the chance to stroll through seven rooms filled with decor inspiration, ceremony ideas, top industry professionals and more. There will also be seminars happening throughout the day, if you want to take your wedding knowledge to the next level. An early bird ticket (available until the date of the show) will run you $10, or you can pay $15 at the door.