Come January 6, Brides World will be taking over the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Now in its 45th year, the show predates the venue itself!) Local wedding vendors span two floors—and a runway—to help Western New York couples check items off their planning to-do list, from major decisions to the small details that make it special.
Are you stuck in the wedding planning trenches? Here’s why you won’t regret getting offline and stopping by:
It’s not just for brides
No, the future hubby shouldn’t stay home (unless he wants to) and the moms and maids don’t have to miss out—it’s a free, all-inclusive event. It’s easier to make decisions and gut-check your instincts with those you trust in the planning process right there next to you. Plus, with so much to see, it never hurts to have more people on the lookout for you.
Unlike the smaller shows, Brides World has the benefit of the Convention Center’s size. No sardines here: The two-floor layout and generous aisles mean lots of space to move around (and breathe).
Feel confident in your decisions
“For a wedding, people are planning the biggest day in their life, but for most, they’ve never planned anything, let alone anything as important, or expensive, as a wedding,” says Nancy MacDonald, Brides World organizer and assistant vice president, marketing, of Tuxedo Junction.
So it’s no surprise many couples end up feeling inundated (and paralyzed) by the seemingly endless options online. That’s where Brides World’s hyper-local, in-person approach comes to the rescue. The breadth of the show lets you make connections you can trust—all while supporting local businesses.
There’s no need to worry if what you ordered or booked online will live up to expectation. Not only can you meet the people behind the services, but you can also ask them questions, learn from their industry experience and check their local references.
MacDonald’s pro tip: Take photos (and notes) of the vendors you connected with, so you can actually remember who you clicked with once you leave the show.
See the latest styles hit the runway
Find inspiration for your day-of style—and see how the latest in wedding fashion looks up close—with two distinct fashion shows. The morning and afternoon runways feature their own unique lineup of pieces from M.A. Carr and Tuxedo Junction for the whole wedding party (men included).
You could win a well-earned getaway
What better way to balance the stress of wedding planning than with a vacation? For the first time this year, Brides World is giving away a fabulous trip for two courtesy of AAA of Western and Central New York. Be it a honeymoon or a romantic pre-nuptials getaway, find out how to make it yours when you get there.
To pre-register for this free one-day event, visit bridesworld.com.