Tips for Attending
You know what you want when you see it! See it all at Bridal Expo Chicago + Milwaukee and save countless hours from traveling all over town in search of the perfect vendors for the most important day in your life! You and your entire bridal party will see the best-of-the-best in wedding products and services and discover all that is new and different this season for weddings in just one afternoon or evening. To make the most of your visit to our exclusive event, we suggest several tips:
What is The Dress Code?
Bridal Expo Chicago and Milwaukee Luxury Shows are held in upscale hotels and elegant banquet facilities, so you and your guests will want to wear appropriate clothing and attire. Appropriate attire is characterized as "stylish-chic, dressy-casual, or sophisticated." Inappropriate attire would include cut off jeans, sweat shirts, gym sneakers and sweat pants, baseball hats and flip-flops.
What Should I Bring to The Show?
Bring pre-printed address labels! Many vendors will ask for your contact information in order to follow up on a product or service you are interested in or invite you to enter their drawings for special gifts and prizes. And don't forget your date book, checkbook or credit card. You may find one or more vendors that you might like to book right away or you might want to schedule a personalized consultation following the show. Many exhibitors offer "show-only" discounts or bridal show specials which may require a small deposit.
How Much Time Should I Spend at Bridal Expo?
You will want to allocate between 2 and 4 hours of your time, so that you visit with as many wedding exhibitors as possible. Remember, it could take you two months to see the same number of vendors if you drove to each of their locations. Our fashion shows are very popular so arrive to the event at least one hour early to avoid disappointment. Seating is sometimes limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
When Is The Show The Least Crowded?
Some attendees feel anxious around larger crowds or want to have long conversations with their favorite exhibitors. If this describes you, our advice is to attend during the least busy time of the event, which is normally 1.5 hours after the doors open. So for a Sunday show with hours from 11:30am to 4:00pm, the least busy time is typically between the hours from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Our fashion shows run from 2:30 to 3:15pm. If you are an early riser, you may choose to arrive at the event ½ hour before the official time listed on our website or tickets. Normally, we open the show early to create a better experience for all of our guests.
Who Should I Bring With Me to The Show?
You will probably want to invite up to 4 people in your entire bridal party including the groom. They can help you cover twice as much ground and help share in the planning process by offering their opinions and thoughts about the potential choices of wedding vendors.
Are Children Allowed to the Expo?
While the Expo is designed for adults, we do allow children to attend and there is no charge for admission age 10 and under. However, please note that for the safety and well being of all toddlers, we do not permit baby strollers. Baby strollers can accidentally bump into exhibit displays causing glass or sharp objects to fall and severely injure your child.
When Are the Prizes for The Show Awarded?
Bridal Expo awards all of the prizes for each show at the beginning and end of each fashion show. You must be present at the time we call your name and identify yourself as "present," otherwise we call additional names until all the prizes are awarded. Check our Prizes and Sweepstakes page for additional information.
How Long Does The Fashion Show Last?
The runway fashion show lasts for approximately 45 minutes and is a highlight of each event. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Approximately 60 wedding gowns and attendant dresses are featured at every event and a complimentary fashion show program is available that lists all dress and style numbers featured in the show.
Can I Take Photos or Video of the Fashion Show?
Photography and video is permitted for personal use only and may not be reproduced without the written consent of Bridal Expo. However, you can use the photos you take for all social media platforms.
Do You Sell My Name or Private Information?
How Do I Know I am Attending a Reputable Bridal Show?
Bridal Expo is regarded as the most established name in the bridal industry and has been a proud member of BSPI, (Bridal Show Producers International) for twelve years. To be a member, a bridal show producer must adhere to strict codes of conduct and business ethics. Bridal Expo is the only local show producer with events in Chicago and Milwaukee who has an earned the right to be a BSPI member. To learn more about BSPI and find another BSPI Bridal Shows around the world, go to www.bspishows.com.