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

Updated: 6 days ago




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 2023 or 2024 (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!




- 2023 Wedding Shows & Expos -

DC | MD | VA



Great Bridal Expo:

Baltimore - January 15, 2023

DC - February 5, 2023


Wedding Experience:

EagleBank Arena/Patriot Center - Sunday, January 15, 2023

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena/U.M.B.C. Event Center - Sunday, January 29, 2023


Maryland Bridal & Wedding Expo:

Baltimore Convention Center - April 16, 2023


Washington Bridal & Wedding Expo:

DC Convention Center - April 30, 2023





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