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Wedding Do: Attend a Wedding Show

  |   By Stephanie Gray

{A booth at the Wedding Co. show}

While it's not a mandatory part of the planning process, attending a wedding show can be a great place for ideas, finding that perfect vendor, or even scoring a deal. Every January, bridal shows pop up all over the country from Victoria to Halifax.

While shows vary in size it's best to have a plan of attack before you show up. Here are some basic things to keep in mind:

1. Make a plan. Find out what vendors are attending and plan to visit them first. 2. Walk the show entierly then return to booths you were most interested in. 3. Don't bring the whole gang. Your maid of honour, mother or even groom are more than enough. 4. Wear comfortable shoes. You'll be walking and standing a lot! 5. Don't feel pressure. There's no need to take business cards, book anything on the spot in you're not 100% sure. You can always come back!

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Wedding Do: Attend a Wedding Show

Read more on handing the major wedding shows.

Ottawa Wedding Show January 7 & 8 Location: Ottawa, Capital Exhibition Centre Price: Free Website: ottawaweddingshow.com

Wedding Fair January 8 & 9 Location: Vancouver, Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina Price: $20 Website: weddingfair.ca

Canada’s Bridal Show January 8, 9, & 10 Location: Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre Price: $15, at the door only Website: canadasbridalshow.com

Hamilton Halton Spring Wedding Show January 8 & 9 Location: Hamilton, Hamilton Convention Centre Price: $12 Website: topweddingshows.com

The Wonderful Wedding Show January 22 & 23 Location: Winnipeg, Winnipeg Convention Centre Price: $12 + agency fee (via Ticketmaster) Website: wonderfulweddingshow.com

The Wedding Co. Show January 14, 15 & 16 Location: Toronto, The Carlu Price: $20 Website: theweddingco.com

Niagara Spring Wedding Show January 15 & 16 Location: St. Catharines, Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre Price: $10 Website: topweddingshows.com

Wedding Palace Bridal Show January 15 & 16 Location: Ottawa, The Westin Price: $15 Website: weddingpalace.ca

Bridal Fantasy January 16 Location: Calgary, TELUS Convention Centre Price: $20 Website: bridalfantasy.com/

Edmonton Bridal Fair January 16 Location: Edmonton, Shaw Conference Centre Price: $20 Website: theweddingfair.ca

Calgary Wedding Fair January 23 Location: Calgary, BMO Centre-Stampede Park Price: $20 Website: theweddingfair.ca

Atlantic Wedding Showcase January 26 Location: Cunard Centre Price: $12 (showcase only), Website: atlanticweddingshowcase.com

The Total Wedding Show January 21, 22 & 23 Location: International Centre Price: $15, children under 12 free Website: totalweddingshow.com

National Bridal Show January 28, 29, & 30 Location: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Price: $14 online, $15 at door Website: nationalbridalshow.com

This article was originally published on Jan 08, 2011
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