Tying the knot soon? We understand how overwhelming it is to sift through wedding dresses, invitations, venues, cake suppliers, bands, and more. Luckily, with so many bridal expos happening all year round in the city, you now have the chance to peruse through all the information you need all in one place. Here are the best events you should definitely check out to make your life easier in this happy but (a tiny bit) stressful time of your life. Pick a bridal fair or two and start checking things off your to-do list!

1. Portland Bridal Show

Portland Bridal Show

With a history of almost 30 years, the well-known Portland Bridal Show brings together the best wedding professionals in the area to assist brides in planning one of the most meaningful events in their life. With over 150 of the leading experts in the industry participating in this fair, it’s safe to say you’ll find a good diversity of exhibitors. Book your pre-wedding spa day, buy your dream gown, and choose thank you notes all in one place!

When: January 12 & 13, 2019.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232.
Hours: 9:00 AM- – 6:00 PM (expected).
Entry fee: Not available at the moment.
More info: Portlandbridalshow.com

2. Oregon Wedding Showcase

Oregon Wedding Showcase

If you’re struggling with finding the inspiration to come up with something unique for your big day, here’s the place to get the much-needed help! This bridal show features over 70 different exhibitors that can help you with fresh ideas on how to plan your dream wedding. You’ll be able to decide on anything from invitations to caterers, and so much more.

When: October 20 & 21, 2018
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232.
Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM.
When: January 12 & 13, 2019.
Where: Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave Eugene, Oregon 97402.
Hours: Sat 10 AM – 5 PM/ Sun 11 AM – 4 PM.
When: January 26 & 27, 2019.
Where: Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE Salem, Oregon 97303.
Hours: Hours: Sat 10 AM – 5 PM/ Sun 11 AM – 4 PM.
Entry fee: Not available at the moment.
More info: Oregonweddingshowcase.com

3. Oregon Bridal & Wedding Expo

Oregon Bridal & Wedding Expo

The Oregon Bridal & Wedding Expo offers you the chance to meet with a wide selection of wedding professionals that can aid in the selection of bridal gowns and accessories, florists, food, bakeries, makeup artists, transportation, and literally everything you can think of! You can even book a rehearsal dinner if you want. And it doesn’t hurt that you could win up to $5,000 for your wedding! There are cash prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend!  Also, look for Pacific Hearts Wedding Videography at this bridal expo this year!

When: November 18, 2018.
Where: Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon.
Hours: 12 PM – 5 PM.
Entry fee: Free if you register online or pay $10 at the door.
More info: Bridalshowsor.com

4. Southern Oregon Wedding Show

Southern Oregon Wedding Show

This wedding expo takes pride in being the biggest one of its kind in Southern Oregon, so don’t miss out on two days of fun and giveaways! Besides the usual exhibitors that are more than happy to answer any question you may have, visitors will also enjoy multiple fashion shows. But speaking of giveaways, one lucky couple will get the chance to win a honeymoon getaway!

When: January 26 & 27, 2019.
Where: Medford Armory, 1701 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, Oregon 97501.
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM.
Entry fee: $2 or two non-perishable food items for Access Food Share.
More info: Soweddingshow.com

Visitor’s Guide to Bridal Shows

It’s not just your wedding you need to prepare for; you should also come prepared for the fair. Here are a few things worth considering to get the most out of the wedding show you choose to attend.

1. Choose the Perfect Show for Your Style

There are mega fairs and then there are boutique fairs. Wedding shows come in all shapes and sizes, and what may work for some visitors, may not work for others. If you’re OK with large crowds, attending a big fair should be no problem for you. But if you find that a tad overwhelming, you may choose to attend a smaller show instead. But keep in mind these boutique fairs are usually more upscale, so make sure you’re on the budget.

2. Make a Checklist

The first thing you need to do is make a checklist of everything you need, and this includes wedding gown, accessories, required services, and all that jazz. Trust us – you don’t want to forget anything! Having everything written down helps more than you think.

3. Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes

You should definitely shine on your big day, but a fair is no place to wear high-heels or tight, uncomfortable clothes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking and you’ll be spending a lot of time at the venue. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a backpack either. You’ll need it for storing all the brochures and free magazine you’ll be handed.

4. Bring Company

Choosing services and items for your wedding requires thorough consideration. Having a companion with you to discuss everything so you don’t make an impulsive decision you may regret later may prove to be one of the best decision of the day. Bring your partner, a friend, or a relative – they’ll love to participate!

5. Experience Everything

Don’t hold back from tasting cakes, food, beverages, listening to the bands, smelling the flowers or trying on jewelry and other bridal accessories. This is actually the best part of attending a bridal fair; you get the chance to actually feel and taste before buying. No false advertising, no deceiving pictures, you’re offered the real thing!

6. Attend the Fashion Shows

Most wedding fairs hold fashion shows, which for most is the highlight of the day. Why? Because you’ll be able to see how the wedding gowns and tuxes look on real people, not just on the mannequins. It will be easier for you and your partner to pick the perfect outfit for the wedding.

7. Get Contact Information

Found the perfect florist, caterer, photographer, and videographer? Ask them everything you need to know about their services and their availability. Are they free on your wedding day? Make sure you get their contact information right away and give them a call sooner later than later. There’s always another wedding happening on the same day as yours; best be safe!

Wrapping Up

Bridal expos are a great way to get familiar with the services of industry professionals that can help you create the fairy-tale wedding you’ve always dreamt of. Either one of these bridal shows brings dozens of exhibitors that are more than willing to answer all your questions, so don’t hold back on attending this type of event. Before heading out the door, be sure to read our guide again to make sure you get the most out of the show.


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