7 Virtual and In-Person Bridal Expos to Attend in 2021

7 Virtual and In-Person Bridal Expos to Attend in 2021

Looking for a way to find amazing vendors, dresses, wedding-related contests, and so much more? This list of 2021 bridal expos has you covered. We’ve curated some of the top virtual, in-person, and hybrid bridal expos from all over the United States. And to help you decide which is best for you, we’ve also included details such as what makes each bridal expo unique and why you should consider attending.

To find these must-attend wedding events, we sourced our picks based on location, offerings, affordability, flexibility, and what looked most interesting to us. And although not every major bridal expo has made official plans yet to host 2021 events, you’ll find plenty of options to get you started below!

Discover 7 of the top 2021 bridal expos you should attend:

Choose one or more of these amazing events to attend online or in person. We’ve made sure to include a handful of virtual expos so you won’t have to search elsewhere for bridal expos you can attend from your own living room.

1. T. Rose Bridal Shows International

When and where:

  • February 21st in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (virtual)

  • March 7th in Hampton Roads, Virginia (virtual)

  • April 22nd in Miami, Florida (virtual)

  • May 16th in Richmond, Virginia

  • July 25th in Washington, D.C.

  • August 29th in Northern Virginia

  • September 19th in Atlanta, Georgia

  • October 24th in Baltimore, Maryland

  • November 7th in Laurel-Columbia, Maryland

  • December 12th in Annapolis, Maryland

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 day of event per household

This expo series features location-specific wedding vendors (virtual and in-person), plus some amazing activities. The virtual Ft. Lauderdale expo, for example, includes a bridal fashion show, bridal beauty 101 tutorials, and a seminar on the basics of marriage that every couple should attend to start this new chapter on the right foot. Giveaways at this expo include $900 worth of gift certificates for every attendee, plus entry into contests with the grand prize being a honeymoon in the Bahamas.

Why you should attend: This bridal expo event series is location-specific and hits some areas that aren’t covered by its competitors, which makes it super accessible.

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2. The Great Bridal Expo

When and where:

  • March 14th in Denver, Colorado

  • March 24th in New York, New York

  • March 28th in Boston, Massachusetts

  • April 11th in Atlanta, Georgia

  • April 17th in Baltimore, Maryland

  • April 18th in Washington, DC

  • April 24th in Houston, Texas

  • April 25th in Dallas, Texas

  • May 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona

  • September 22nd in New York, New York

  • October 10th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • November 14th in Los Angeles, California

  • November 21st in San Jose, California

Cost: $10-$40 per person

As you can tell from the list above, The Great Bridal Expo is so great because of its size and reach. Traveling from coast to coast and hitting most major cities in the U.S., these 2021 bridal expos are comprehensive events for those interested in getting a wide variety of options from a mix of national and local partners.

Why you should attend: What we like most about this bridal expo series for this year specifically is how easy it will be to safely involve long-distance friends and family in your planning process without having to jump on a plane. For example, if you live in Los Angeles but your best friend is in New York, you can both attend in your respective cities, share top picks, and swap notes.

3. The Black Bride

When: Ongoing

Where: Virtual

Cost: Registration is free

So The Black Bride isn’t technically a bridal expo, but it does have amazing resources that are comparable to the format many of the 2021 bridal expos are following anyway.

What makes The Black Bride unique? It features vendors from all over the world that Black, multicultural, and other couples can window-shop at their leisure without having to put their email in! One of the biggest draws of this list is its inclusivity and range of categories. You can find all your wedding basics, plus things like premarital counseling, musicians, and everything in between.

4. The Complete Wedding Expo 2021 Virtual Bridal Show

When: Ongoing

Where: Virtual

Cost: Registration is free

The Complete Wedding Expo 2021 Virtual Bridal Show is a virtual event that is already live online and waiting for you to sign up. We tried it ourselves and signup was a breeze. We entered our name and email to register and they sent us a password and a link. From there, we had immediate access to a detailed database of photographers, caterers, transportation companies, and everything in between.

Why you should attend: Besides the fact that it’s absolutely free, having immediate access to a curated list of vendors at your fingertips whenever you’re ready to view it is pretty handy. Although nothing replaces the in-person experience, this 2021 bridal expo is offering exclusive discounts to virtual attendees. For example, couples can get $200 off day-of coordination or free limo rides with bookings.

5. Rainbow Wedding Network’s LGBTQ Virtual Wedding Expos

When and where:

  • April 7th in Central Florida (virtual)

  • April 21st in Cleveland, Ohio (virtual)

  • May 6th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (virtual)

  • May 16th in Colorado (virtual)

  • May 23rd in Houston, Texas (virtual)

Cost: Registration is free

These 2021 bridal expos are hosted by The Rainbow Wedding Network, a business that has been a trusted resource to the LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. You can expect easy access to tons of content during the 3-hour events.

Why you should attend: We like that the Rainbow Wedding Network is a veteran of the bridal expo world because it means they’ll know how to create a great digital experience. Plus, what’s not to love about an inclusive event you can attend in your PJs?

6. Happily Ever Expo

When: Through March 31st

Where: New England area (virtual)

Cost: Registration is free

The Happily Ever Expo offers a space for New England-based vendors and couples to virtually meet. The on-demand videos turn the discomfort of a crowded conference hall into a comfortable Netflix binge experience. Registration is free but you can purchase fun add-ons like sparkly holographic “Bride” face masks.

Why you should attend: The free giveaways they plan to periodically award attendees are really cute. Our personal favorite is the “I Survived Wedding Planning in 2020” t-shirt, which you can also purchase during registration.

7. Today’s Bride Cleveland Wedding Show

When: April 10th and 11th

Where: The Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: TBD

The claim to fame for Today’s Bride Cleveland Wedding Show is that it’s the “third-biggest bridal show in the nation.” They have a detailed list of COVID-19 precautions in place so attendees can safely learn about the 150+ featured vendors. Learn about the latest trends in wedding food, fashion, reception tables, and more.

Why you should attend: There are a couple of one-stop shops for gowns and photography so attendees can see the quality of the product firsthand. This bridal expo also has some fun extra activities such as caricature souvenirs and ring selfie stations for showing off your new rock.

Ready to register for these great in-person and virtual 2021 bridal expos?

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