All brides & grooms know that attending a wedding show is a must for gathering wedding-intel in preparation for your wedding day, usually large, commercial trade show style gigs. Though they can be overwhelming with in-your-face sales grabs, fluorescent lighting and large crowds, how else can you easily meet tonnes of potential wedding vendors in one day? The problem, as I see it, is that most people don’t enjoy being herded like cattle though stark conference centres while pushy sales people try to get them to sign up for a “free” cooking class.
That’s why we started Love, Handmade. wedding show in 2014 and continue to host it every year since.
The premise of the wedding show is to bring in a curated group of local, independent wedding businesses that fit in with our boutique vibe. We want our attendees to enjoy their experience at the show and make real connections with vendors that they will be spending time with on one of the most significant days of their lives. The atmosphere is laid back, almost craft show style, and our attendees tend to spend more time talking to vendors and getting information then they would at bigger shows where they usually practice the ‘grab business card and run’ technique.
This year we are doing something a little different by hosting the show in a big old church. (ahem, fully licensed de-consecrated church which is now a Centre for the Arts). Its an evening cocktail style wedding show so we will be serving cocktails, wine and beer and people will walk around the aisles of this gorgeous old church and chat with vendors. The vendors are creating these amazing spaces that showcase their businesses and due to the unique venue we will definitely see their creativity put to the test!
Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography
This year the wedding show will take place from 3 pm to 9 pm so prepare for a good night out and enjoy the full experience the ByWard Market has to offer! We have partnered with some local restaurants who will be providing gift certificates to their restaurants for all our guests. Book ahead to get a table at any of the following spots: The Metropolitan, The Grand, Zaks Diner, Blue Cactus, Sur Lie and Luxe Bistro or join participating restos for brunch the next day.
Our grand prize giveaway is pretty, pretty nice this year!
Second place: Bottle of wine, appetizers and dinner for 2 at Luxe Bistro
Last thing to know is that we offer pretty legit swag bags to the first 100 engaged people through the doors (1 per couple). The bags are filled with goodies, no paper advertising is allowed so vendors go above and beyond to think of creative things to include in the bags. There is always a pretty big line of people waiting to snag their bag before the doors open so come prepared!
Tickets are on sale now and include a signature cocktail! $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Location: St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Corner of St. Patrick and Cumberland (its the huge church)
Date: Saturday, March 25th 3 pm – 9 pm
See you there!
Last year’s show captured by Kim Ing Photography