The people who plan and stage bridal shows are very smart. They know the vast majority of engagements happen over the holidays, hence bridal shows galore starting in January. For the newly engaged it can be a bit overwhelming.
Here is a list of upcoming shows, both here in Toronto and the surrounding region. Some are large; some are small.
The larger shows can be exhausting so wear comfortable shoes, load up on batteries for your camera, healthy snacks. And don’t forget a pen and notebook. You’ll be making lots of notes.
Ready? Get set. GO!
January 2013 – Toronto
Canada’s Bridal Show – January 4-6 http://www.canadasbridalshow.com/
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Hook: special appearance by Buddy Valastro from TLC’s Cake Boss
WedLuxe – January 6
The Fairmont Royal York
The Hook: they promise it’s going to be epic
The Wedding Co – January 11-13
The Hook: Toronto’s finest suppliers. For the stylish, urban couple
The Total Wedding Show – January 18-20th
Hook: claims to be the biggest show, featuring over 350 exhibitors
Dreams Wedding Show January 20,
Red Rose Convention Centre, Mississauga
The Hook: for multicultural couples
National Bridal Show – January 25-27
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
Hook: Brides-to-Be are Free
January 2013 – Regional
Burlington/Oakville – January 26-27 www.haltonbridalshow.com
Hamilton/Halton – January 12-13 www.topweddingshows.com
London – January 19-20 www.winter.londonbridalshows.com
Muskoka – January 15-16 – http://segwun.com/pub/Muskoka-Wedding-Show.html
Paris – January 20 www.parisbridalshow.ca
St. Catharines – January 19-20 http://www.topweddingshows.com/shows/view/Niagara-Spring-Bridal-Wedding-Show-2013
Stratford – January 26 www.stratfordcountryclub.com
Even wedding coordinators have to take a break now and then. So what do we do when we’re not helping couples create matrimonial magic? We learn. Like most industries the world of weddings changes constantly. It is our job to keep up.
An important mandate of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) – where I did my certification – is their commitment to continuous learning. Our learning does not end when we receive our certification. All WPIC grads are expected to continue to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.
All grads have access to an on-line alumnae board. This board is a friendly meeting place where we share information with our colleagues right across the country. The knowledge, advice and support we provide for each other are invaluable.
And we hit the road. Whether it’s a local venue tour, attending bridal shows or traveling out of the country to learn from global industry thought leaders, we are always on the move to expand our understanding of the industry and our role within it.
In recent months I have attended numerous education events featuring industry experts covering topics such as marketing, insurance (not the most exciting topic, but important), floral and décor, and trends. In the coming months I’ll be doing the bridal show circuit and traveling to Las Vegas for Wedding MBA – the Oscars of wedding conventions.
Internet webinars offer countless opportunities for learning. I’ve spent many hours glued to my computer monitor, soaking up wisdom from industry leaders like Marley Majcher, Alan Berg and David Tutera – all from the comfort of my home.
And did I mention books? So many books! But not a problem for a book lover like me. (Note to self: get more shelves for the office.)
When you work with a certified wedding coordinator or planner (the two terms are interchangeable), be assured you are working with a total professional who is committed to on-going learning. You should expect no less.