A bridal expo is a major wedding planning event hosted (typically) at a wedding venue or convention center. This is a chance for you to explore the venue, get wedding planning tips, and find vendors who can help make your dream wedding a reality.
You can find pretty much anything you can imagine at bridal shows! From florists to cake-tasting samples to DJs and even bridal boudoir photographers, like us. The point of a bridal expo is to help couples start wedding planning. (But I’ll be honest, it’s fun once you’re married too!)
I highly recommend that engaged couples go together. There’s so much to see that you would never have thought to include in your wedding. Going together lets both of you find vendors and services that can make your wedding day unique to both of you.
Plus, it’s a great excuse to celebrate your engagement and dream about what you want your wedding day to look like!
Bridal shows are such a fun experience. Many of the vendors do giveaways and prizes. I’ve seen couples win honeymoon trips, take home a whole meal’s worth of cake samples, and even win engagement photoshoots.
Ticket costs vary depending on what show you’re at. Most of the bridal shows in Jacksonville and St. Augustine cost between $8 – $15 per person. You can usually get a discount if you buy your tickets in advance.
Honestly, I’ve attended expos as a bride, a photography vendor, and a bridesmaid…and ya girl made out with some serious goodies each time. It’s totally worth it to spend a fun Sunday with your fiance, friends, and family.
You’re lucky because Jacksonville has a ton of bridal shows for you to attend. You can find amazing vendors at all of them, but there are a few that are must-attends! The best Jacksonville bridal expos are at the World Golf Village and the Prime Osborn Convention Center in January, February, June, and September.
Typically these events have the most vendors in attendance (including us!), which gives you more options. Both locations are huge and beautiful! There’s plenty of room to take your time exploring each booth. This is pretty crucial because some of the smaller venues have a hard time with crowds. You don’t want to take away from your experience because you feel rushed or can’t stop and chat with a vendor who caught your eye. Trust me!
I know, I know. You’re probably asking yourself “Angelica, you’re not a wedding photographer anymore and last I checked, you’re still head over heels for your husband Scharmy. Why do you still go to bridal expos?” Valid question!
Number one – my talented husband still is my number one! He’s an amazing wedding videographer, but that’s not why I attend.
If you don’t know, I started as a wedding photographer in Jacksonville, FL. I did my last vow renewal in 2022, but my love for wedding photography blossomed into what Pompy Portraits is today – an award-winning bridal boudoir photographer.
Most couples only know about engagement and wedding photography. I get a booth at the 4 major bridal expos in Jacksonville each year so couples can learn more about a different, more intimate wedding photography experience. I go with my team and together we get to connect with our couples face-to-face. It’s one of the few face-to-face meetings I do before a session and I look forward to it each time!
If you see me at a bridal show, you know I’m going to go big, right?! My team and I always create a comfortable, amazing booth space at bridal expos.
When you stop by our booth you will get a chance to touch and feel our heirloom album options. You can also see our metal wall art on display with photos of real clients. (Who all gave me permission to share their gorgeous photos, of course!)
One of our team members or myself will be there to explain the boudoir experience in detail. You can see what to expect, whether you choose a classic boudoir photoshoot or a bridal boudoir experience. We also do different giveaways at every expo. Stopping by gives you a chance to opt-in for special prizes and promotions.
Check out some of our favorite booth selfies below!
If you’re planning to come to any of the bridal shows in Jacksonville or St Augustine this year, stop by and say hi! I would love to meet you and your fiance and hear all about how they popped the question. You may even walk away with a prize.