So, you got engaged! Congratulations! The first step in the next chapter of your life. Let the wedding planning begin! Wedding planning can be stressful-finding the right dress, the right vendors, etc. The wedding planning experience should be overall fun!

There is a plethora of wedding information found in print magazines to the World Wide Web. A bridal show is a great way for engaged couples to see and experience everything they need for their wedding in person. “While magazines and the internet are great resources for ideas and inspiration, at a bridal show you can actually meet local wedding professionals, talk with them about your ideas and find vendors who fit with your style and vision,” said Patricia Westbrook Owner of the Bridal Bazaar.

The Bridal Bazaar was started in 1975 by a local San Diego photographer who saw a need for a place where engaged couples could meet wedding vendors face-to-face. It has since grown to produce California’s largest wedding expos, all in San Diego.

Their objective is to provide engaged couples with a full range of wedding products and services, so they can see what’s available and comparison shop. Most of the vendors at the Bridal Bazaar have participated in the show for many years, but we also have new vendors at every show with fresh ideas and new services/products.

According to Westbrook, few engaged couples hire vendors they haven’t met in person and a bridal show is a great place to meet lots of vendors without driving all over southern California.

Here are our Top 5 reasons to attend a bridal show:

1. Bring Your Partner in Crime
It’s best to bring your fiancé or anyone else whose opinion you trust. It’s more fun and more productive to have someone to discuss what you are finding with.

2. Time is Valuable
Plan to spend a couple hours at the show. Walking every aisle is the best way to be inspired by new ideas you might not have known were available.

3. Save the Style for Later
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Your wedding may be formal, but bridal shows are not.

4. Come Prepared
Bring pre-printed labels with your name, phone, email and wedding date. It will make entering contests, getting discounts, and leaving your information with vendors a lot easier.

5. Explore Your Options
After you get home, go through your bag of literature and goodies and weed out what you are not interested in. That way you can focus on the vendors you are interested in.

The Bridal Bazaar is one of the ideal show to attend because it’s San Diego’s largest wedding planning event so you’ll see more options and meet potential vendors in every type of wedding product or service all in one place.

Mark your calendar! The 2018 shows are Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center (Hall C), Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Exhibit Hall) and Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center (Hall B). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website at


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