The top 10 wedding & bridal shows in Toronto for 2015
Bridal shows in Toronto for 2015 will bring hundreds of caterers, bridal designers, decorators, planners, and entertainers together before a captive audience of hundreds of brides and grooms-to-be. Though many of these are massive recurring fairs, packing convention halls year in and year out, there are also smaller events worth checking out in your search for vendors (particularly if you're easily overwhelmed by an over-abundance of options). Look for more shows to pop up as the year progresses.
Here are my picks for the top wedding and bridal shows in Toronto during 2015.
Canada's Bridal Show (January 9-11 / September 11-13)
Kicking off 2015 is Canada's Bridal Show, one of the city's largest wedding fairs. Hundreds of wedding vendors will be setting up shop at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, ready to show their stuff to brides-to-be. (If you can't make it this weekend, they'll be returning to the MTCC for a fall edition.)
WedLuxe Wedding Show (January 11)
This year, the high-style bridal show moves to the Arcadian Courts at Queen and Bay, where they promise to transform the show floor into an immersive, showstopping experience for brides-to-be (take that, booths). Expect live demonstrations and plenty of freebies.
Total Wedding Show (January 16-18)
At the International Centre in Mississauga, the Total Wedding Show promises 350 vendors of all kinds, from food and venues to decor and entertainment (after all, they've got that name to live up to). A perennial highlight: Their massive bridal gown sale, one of the biggest you'll find in the city.
National Bridal Show (January 23-25 / September 5-7)
Not to be confused with Canada's Bridal Show, the National Bridal Show is Toronto's other most sizeable, comprehensive wedding fair, bringing dozens of trend-focused vendors to the Direct Energy Centre. (Pro tip: Brides-to-be are free - just pre-register online.)
Perfect Wedding Show (Feburary 8)
Catering to Mississauga and Brampton, the Perfect Wedding Show keeps things fairly intimate with 60 vendor displays and tons of interactive opportunities, including mini-makeovers, photo booth, and food samples.
The Wedding Co. Show (February 22)
If the thing you're most pumped about is ordering tons of cute wedding items on Etsy, we've got a show for you. Coming to the very un-convention-centre-like Wychwood Barns is the Wedding Co. Show, where you can check out independent Toronto businesses that will lend your big day a creative touch.
The Middle Eastern Bridal Show (March 7)
At the International Centre, you'll find outfits offering traditional Middle Eastern performances, food, and clothing for your big day. Past vendors have included belly dancing troupes, hookah caterers, and henna studios.
Toronto's Bridal Show (April 10-12)
This blockbuster wedding fair and its overwhelming array of vendors will take over the Direct Energy Centre again this spring. Booths and giveaways abound, but the centrepiece of the show is their schedule of fashion shows displaying the latest and sparkliest in bridalwear.
Rebash (April 18)
It's a new spin on the old wedding-show theme - in fact, this brand-new event is all about breathing new life into used pieces. Here, vendors focus on upcycled, reused or handcrafted wedding goods - so you can save cash, shop with a conscience, and infuse a little extra personality into your big day.
The Platinum Bride Show (April 19)
In Woodbridge, the Platinum Bride Show will feature vendors, wedding planning workshops, the Something Blue Groom's Lounge, and an appearance by bridal stylist Renee Strauss of Brides Of Beverly Hills fame.
Did I miss any? Leave your picks for Toronto bridal shows in 2015 in the comments.
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