Typically, the late summer and fall are slower times for bridal events, but that does not stop all of those future brides and grooms in Southern California who are fully immersed in the planning process. Between July and October, there are still bridal shows and open houses on the schedule to help you or someone you know navigate the world of venues and vendors for that special day.
Los Angeles County
For All Seasons Funday Bridal Show
The Grand Event Center
4101 East Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
July 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eliminating the stress of wedding planning seems to be the main goal of For All Seasons Bridal and Special Events Expo. A $5 ticket provides access to free parking, a gift bag, free massage and more, all while perusing the vendors' offerings as a live DJ spins for guests at the outdoor event. There will be a fashion show at 1 p.m. and giveaways, including gifts from Tiffany & Co., starting at 2 p.m. If that's not reason enough to attend, a portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to Autism Speak. Register online for tickets.
Hyatt Westlake Plaza
880 South Westlake Boulevard
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is the 30th anniversary of Bridal Premiere's twice-a-year bridal shows. Bridal Premiere holds a distinguished place in the Southern California industry as one of the first and longest-running wedding event companies. Approximately 80 vendors and 300 brides, along with their friends and family members, will gather at the Hyatt for a day of tastings, wedding attire reviews and prizes. While you're there, test out the Picture Screen, and have a free photo taken of you and your friends with a selection of "pearl" backgrounds celebrating Bridal Premiere's "Pearl" anniversary. The Lucky 13 Prize Wheel will dish out gifts, and couples can take a ride with The Enchanted Carriage Company. Tickets are $10 at the door, but those who pre-register online will save $2 on each ticket.
San Gabriel Chamber Bridal/Formal Expo
Hilton - San Gabriel/Los Angeles
225 West Valley Boulevard
San Gabriel, California 91776
Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Following last year's positive response and high attendance, the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual expo in October. The goal is to help provide exposure and increase business for local vendors and companies in the area who appeal not only to brides-to-be, but also those planning for any special occasion, including quinceañeras, proms and graduations. The local Hilton Hotel graciously partnered with the chamber to keep costs low for participating vendors, as well as ensuring a free event with free parking for all guests. Live entertainment and demonstrations, fashion shows, tastings and more will take place at this year's event for any and all planning a special occasion.
Blue by Enzoani
Mary Me Bridal
2922 East Chapman Avenue, Suite 100
Orange, CA 92869
Sept. 5 through 14, store hours vary
Over the course of a week, Mary Me Bridal will host a trunk show highlighting new designs from the Enzoani spring collection. The event is free to the public and provides interested brides-to-be with an opportunity to leisurely try on dress samples, both from the collection and other Enzoani designs in the salon. As a perk, if you purchase a gown, you will receive a free veil up to a $300 value. Make an appointment via phone or online.
Bridal Showplace Bridal Shows
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90620
Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Knott's Berry Farm is more than just an amusement park. The resort's hotel will host this year's fall event with approximately 100 vendors, cake and appetizer tastings, a fashion show, makeovers, massages and live entertainment. Be one of the first 50 women to arrive, and you will receive a special swag bag. There is even a Grooms Only drawing that gives guys a chance to win big too. The tickets are $7 and available for purchase online.
Bridal Open House
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
34843 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92591
Aug. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
It is easy to imagine an outdoor wedding in a vineyard, but it is better to see firsthand what it might be like. A short drive to Temecula's South Coast Winery will offer couples and their families the chance to stroll through the resort grounds and review package options at the only full-service resort and spa in Temecula Valley's wine country. Specially selected vendors will be on location, in addition to resort representatives, to answer any questions about wedding events on property. Entry is free for all, but pre-registration via phone is encouraged.
Chrystal Baker is a freelance food, events, culture travel contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine, Frugivore Magazine and Politic365. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere, as well as the Farm 2 Plate Culinary Club site.
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