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The top 10 wedding & bridal shows in Toronto for 2016

Bridal shows in Toronto for 2016 will pry you away from DVR'd episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and bridal-themed Pinterest boards. Instead of using social media and reality TV to shape your big day, turn to the local wedding experts. At these expos you'll find caterers, bridal designers, decorators, planners, and entertainers that will help your wedding go off without a hitch.

Here are my picks for the top wedding and bridal shows in Toronto during 2016.

Canada's Bridal Show (January 8-10, September 9-11)
Established in 1984, Canada's Bridal Show is one of the most renowned wedding expos in the country. Showcasing some of the best and brightest in the wedding industry, this event brings hundreds of vendors to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for six days (three in the winter, three in the fall) of bouquets, banquets, and bridal wear. Tickets will set you back $20.

Wedluxe Wedding Show (January 10)
On January 10 The Carlu will be transformed into a hotbed of wedding inspiration. Attendees will get the chance to mix and mingle with over 100 exhibitors that specialize in luxury nuptials. Oliver & Bonacini Events & Catering will provide the food, and you'll receive samples from top-notch brands like Chloe and Dior. Tickets cost a pretty penny at $75 (or $60 for early birds).

Perfect Wedding Show (January 17)
The Perfect Wedding Show will bring wedding aficionados of all types to The Mississauga Convention Centre on January 17. There will be experts in every field, from cake decorators to party planners, on the scene, offering tips on how to make your big day as special as possible. You can reserve free tickets online now.

National Bridal Show (January 22-24)
This Show has everything you could ever want in a wedding expo. Need a ride to the ceremony? There are plenty of transportation options to choose from. Haven't found the dress? No worries, the show features a huge bridal gown sale. Essentially, you could plan your entire wedding in one day without even leaving the building. Tickets cost $15 and brides-to-be can get in free if they pre-register.

Total Wedding Show (January 23-24)
If you're on the fence about what type of wedding you want, head to the Total Wedding Show at the end of January. The event features vendors that cater to both large-scale luxurious events and destination ceremonies with smaller parties. Over 350 wedding experts will be on the scene, so you'll have plenty to choose from. Ticket info TBA.

The Middle Eastern Bridal Show (February 20)
On February 20 The Middle Eastern Bridal Show will take over The International Centre in Mississauga. The event showcases dozens of vendors and entertainers, including traditional Middle Eastern wedding performers, gowns, caterers and more. The show isn't strictly for the brides, either. There are vendors specializing in custom suits and tuxedos, too. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 online.

The Wedding Show Co. Market (February 21)
Artscape Wychwood Barns will be home to The Wedding Co.'s 15th bridal show on February 21. Here you'll find Pinterest-worthy bridal accessories like flower crowns and paper bouquets, plus more goods and services by Toronto's top creative wedding planners and designers. Tickets cost $30 at the door or $20 online.

The Ultimate Wedding Show (April 2)
The Ultimate Wedding Show will bring some of the GTA's best wedding professionals to the Living Arts Centre on April 2. The expo can help take care of everything from your officiant to your party favours. Admission is free, just register online.

Toronto's Bridal Show (April 8-10)
Toronto's Bridal Show brings vendors, fashion shows and giveaways to the Enercare Centre mid-April. Though you'll definitely want to get in on the giveaway action, the star of this event is the fashion shows. If you haven't found you dream dress just yet, seeing some of the top designs on the runway may help. Tickets will set you back $20.

ReBash (May 15)
ReBash is probably the most original (and untraditional) of all Toronto wedding shows. Instead of taking over a massive space like the MTCC, it's at one of the city's most beloved party venues, 99 Sudbury. You'll find a ton of local, handmade, vintage and up-cycled wedding goods, guaranteed to make your special day one of a kind. Tickets are $16 at the door (or $12 for early birds).

Did I miss any? Leave your picks for Toronto bridal shows in 2015 in the comments.

Photo of the Wedding Co. Market.

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