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Tips To Make The Most Of Attending A Wedding Show Or Expo

Updated: Jan 11



Wedding shows and expos are part of the wedding planning experience. Some shows are small and some are extra large. All of the vendors you need for your wedding will be in one room - from venue to caterer to photographer and more. No matter the show, here are some tips to keep in mind if you are interested in attending a wedding show or expo in DC, Maryland or Virginia.


Know The Wedding Show & Expo Dates

Know when the shows are and determine if you want to go. See a list of upcoming shows in DC, Maryland and Virginia below.


If You Decide To Go...

Go to one show or go to a few shows. There is no limit to how many shows you go to. Remember, some shows are free and some have a ticket price or RSVP process.


What To Bring

Bring 1-2 friends with you that can help you explore all the options. Consider bringing printed stickers with your name, email & wedding date on them so you don't have to write it over and over. Cause you will be writing down those details for vendors at the shows...a lot!

If You Are New To This

If it is your first time, be open and go at your own pace. You are in the early stages of planning your wedding so there may be things you are not sure of yet. That is ok. Go to the shows for inspiration and to determine what you may or may not want for your wedding and to get an idea of vendors you may want to work with.


Are Ready To Book Vendors?

It's good to know if you are ready to book your wedding vendors when attending wedding shows and expos. You might be asked this question. If you are not ready to book just yet, you can collect vendor information and potential wedding ideas . If you are ready to book your wedding vendors, you can ask more specific questions and find out more about the next steps in the vendor's booking process.



Wedding shows and expos are annual (for the most part), so you will have plenty of chances to go if you decide to have a wedding in 2022 or 2023 (or later). Bottom line, if you choose to go to one of the local DC, Maryland or Virginia wedding and expo shows, have fun and be ready to meet a lot of wedding vendors!




- 2022 Wedding Shows & Expos -

DC | MD | VA



January 16: Wedding Experience - EagleBank Arena Fairfax, Virginia

January 30: Wedding Experience - Greater Richmond Convention Center

February 20: The Great Bridal Expo - Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

March 20: The Great Bridal Expo - Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

April 10: Maryland Bridal & Wedding Expo - Baltimore Convention Center

April 10: Wedding Experience - Dulles Expo Center

April 24: Wedding Experience - Baltimore - Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena UMBC Event Center

May 1: Washington Bridal & Wedding Expo - Walter E. Washington Convention Center

August 28: Wedding Experience - Greater Richmond Convention Center

October 23: What's Up Media Bridal Show - Soaring Timbers, Annapolis, MD

November 13: Washington Bridal & Wedding Expo - Walter E. Washington Convention Center

November 13: Wedding Experience - UMBC Event Center

November 20: Maryland Bridal & Wedding Expo - Baltimore Convention Center




Comment below if this was helpful and if you plan to go to a wedding show or expo in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area in 2022. Share this with a friend who needs to see this.



All The Best,

Kathryne




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