Wedding Expo: Why You Should Attend One

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The following post is a guest post by Premier Bride Expos, the largest wedding expo in Jacksonville, FL and St. Augustine, FL. Skip to the end to find the next expo dates in 2024. This article was originally published in 2023 and updated for 2024.

Congratulations!  You are engaged to the love of your life and now the wedding planning process begins….let’s talk about wedding expos!

From the moment you become engaged, people are going to start asking you questions…When? Where?  Colors?  Themes?  Vendors?  Maybe you have been planning your big day since you were little and know every single detail….or maybe you have never thought of details before.  Either way, a wedding expo can help!

Most couples do not realize how many decisions they have to make.  The process can get a bit overwhelming to a lot of people but if you hire quality, professional wedding vendors the process can be made much easier.  Vendors who participate in wedding expos have invested money into their business and take their business seriously.  When wedding vendors take their businesses seriously, they are going to give their couples great service because that is how their business remains successful.

Do It Together

No matter what stage you are in the wedding planning process, attending a wedding expo is a great idea and something all couples should experience together.  At the wedding expos, you are going to find lots of inspiration and be exposed to a lot of unique ideas.  Many vendors showcase the latest wedding trends in their category at the wedding expo, so there is a lot to learn and experience at each show.

Unlike other events in your life, you only plan your wedding one time…so you want to make sure you do it right.  Getting to meet your potential wedding vendors face-to-face is a huge benefit.  You will spend hours with each vendor planning your wedding and you will be spending all day with them on your wedding day.  Making sure that your personalities are a match is really important.  Wedding expos allow you to chat and see if your vibes and their vibes work! 

Wedding Expos Are Fun For Everyone! 

You get to taste test food & cake, take photos in photo booths, you get to win prizes and get swag, you get to hang out with your fiancé and friends and make memories….the experiences is something you should have when planning a wedding!  Many wedding vendors also offer specials and deals to couples who attend…so take advantage of the savings. 

Helpful Tips on Getting the Most Out of the Wedding Expo:

  • Take your decision-makers to the expo.  Whoever’s opinion you value – invite them to go.  Keep in mind that bringing a lot of people means a lot of opinions.  We recommend bringing your finance, a parent or two, and a best friend or two.  Keep it to 2-5 people!
  • Make a list of the wedding vendors you want to chat with.  Typically expos have 70-150 vendors. You can’t talk to everyone.  Check out their vendor list and make a list of those you want to see. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes!  Expos require walking and standing….so be prepared. 
  • Make a day of it.  Brunch before the expo and spend the day with your friends and family!  But come slightly hungry too because there is always taste testing at expos. 
  • Enjoy the process.  Your wedding is all about YOU and your fiancé!  It’s a special time in your life and it should be celebrated.

If you are a local bride or groom to Northeast Florida, make sure you check out the Premier Bride Expos!  We are the only locally operated wedding expo in the area and we have been connecting brides and grooms with professional wedding vendors for nearly 20 years.  Follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook @PremierBrideFL

Guest Author for Wedding Expos

By Ann LeFiles, owner of Premier Bride Expos and Premier Bride Magazine of NEFL

2024 Jacksonville Premier Bride Expo Dates:

Premier Wedding Expo – St. Augustine, FL

  • Date: Feb 18, 2024
  • Where: Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine
  • Time: 1-4 pm

The Premier Wedding Expo – Jacksonville, FL

  • Date: Jun 9, 2024
  • Where: Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
  • Time: 1-4 pm

Premier Wedding Expo – St. Augustine, FL

  • Date: Sept 8, 2024
  • Where: Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine
  • Time: 1-4 pm

Photoshoot Vendors:

Jacksonville Wedding Photographer: NS Photobook

Venue: Kelly Farm

Flowers: Simply Florals by Amanda

Hair: Curl, Wink, Blush

Makeup: KC Makeup Artistry

Gowns: Tebault Bridal and Beauty Within

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