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Subject: Bridal Industry Trade Shows
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: hopefulfor2008-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 11 Aug 2006 19:07 PDT
Expires: 10 Sep 2006 19:07 PDT
Question ID: 755180
I am thinking of opening a small bridal shop here in Ohio. I was
wondering if anyone could tell me where do bridal shop owners go to
see all of the latest gowns and accessories. Is there a big tradeshow
in New York where the bridal shop owners (like I would like to be) go
to see the latest products? Thanks.
Subject: Re: Bridal Industry Trade Shows
Answered By: umiat-ga on 11 Aug 2006 20:35 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hello, hopefulfor2008-ga!

 There are numerous shows around the country which you can attend to
see the latest bridal fashions. If you like what you see, you can then
contact the manufacturers or individual designers to order some
dresses for your shop.


National Bridal Market - Chicago
October 7-10, 2006

"The National Bridal Market" Chicago is the Ultimate Bridal
Destination offering the latest styles from the industry?s top
manufactures of bridal gowns, both moderate and designer, bridesmaids
gowns and mother of the bride, flower girl, accessory, prom and
special occasion resources. Buyers find everything they need at the
nation?s largest and longest running bridal show in the
state-of-the-art 7th-floor Market Suites at The Merchandise Mart."


Bridal Fashion Week will be held in New York City in October.

Bridal Fashion Week 
Date: 14-OCT-06 - 16-OCT-06

"Bridal Fashion Week is the Ultimate Bridal Destination offering the
latest styles from the industry's top manufacturers of bridal gowns,
both moderate and designer, bridesmaids gowns and mother of the bride,
flower girl, accessory, prom and special occasion resources.

Venue: West Side Loft, New York, United States of America."


A series of shows called the Great Bridal Expo are coming up around the country.

"The Great Bridal Expo is the Ultimate Bridal Destination offering the
latest styles from the industry's top manufacturers of bridal gowns,
both moderate and designer, bridesmaids gowns and mother of the bride,
flower girl, accessory, prom and special occasion resources.
Venue: Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.


The Great Bridal Expo - Atlanta 
Date: 27-AUG-06 - 27-AUG-06

Washington, DC

The Great Bridal Expo-Washington 
Date: 09-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06


The Great Bridal Expo-Boston 
Date: 09-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06

New York

The Great Bridal Expo-New York 
Date: 15-SEP-06 - 15-SEP-06


The Great Bridal Expo-Philadelphia 
Date: 24-SEP-06 - 24-SEP-06


The Great Bridal Expo-Dearborn 
Date: 01-OCT-06 - 01-OCT-06


The Great Bridal Expo-Ft. Lauderdale 
Date: 08-OCT-06 - 08-OCT-06

The Great Bridal Expo-Tampa 
Date: 09-OCT-06 - 09-OCT-06


More locations for the Great Bridal Expo are available on the following link


The Fall Bridal Spectacular will be held in Seattle, Washington in October.  

Fall Bridal Spectacular 
Date: 14-OCT-06 - 14-OCT-06

"Fall Bridal Spectacular will open up further possibilities of trade
in the subcontinent and will throw up opportunities for designers &
craftsmen to share ideas. It aspires to weave traditional dreams with
modern fantasies, the result of which is a collection of exquisite
designs & motifs."
Venue: Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle,
Washington, United States of America.

Additional Information

The following forum might be of interest as you anticipate opening your boutique:

"Advice on opening a Bridal Boutique

Some more questions about opening a bridal boutique can be found on
the following site:


Good Luck in your new venture!



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Request for Answer Clarification by hopefulfor2008-ga on 12 Aug 2006 09:50 PDT
Unfortunately, this does not help me all that much. The Chicago link
is good, but the NYC link is to a place in a "loft". Isn't that an

The "Great Bridal Expo" are a series of shows geared to the bride not
the bridal shop owner. This does not help me at all.

The Seattle link may have some possibilites, but do I really have to
go to Seattle to find this information? Also the description of the
event is so vague, it does not sound as if it were written by someone
for whom English is a first language.

The two sites listed under "Additional Information" are just full of
entries with people whining about looking for information and no real
information to be found there. That is why I came to Google Answers.

All in all, I thank you for this first effort, but it is not what I am looking for.

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 12 Aug 2006 13:23 PDT
Hello again, hopefulfor2008-ga!

 I am very sorry you were disappointed in my answer to your question.
My intent was certainly not to provide you with useless information or
"whiny" forum posts. The first forum link provided several recent
postings about wedding dress designers and suppliers that I thought
might be of interest to you in the future. I certainly did not mean to
offend you with my references!

 Unfortunately, there are just not that many shows geared toward
wedding gown retail buyers in New York City! For this reason, I
expanded my search to other locations in the United States so you
would have some further options. Although I understand that you don't
want to travel, it might be worth it in the long run if you want to
attend some larger bridal gown expos.

 I have found a few other shows that might be of interest to you, but
all except one are outside of New York. The industry trade links I
have posted on the bottom of my clarification have some out-of-date
links to past NYC bridal shows. Perhaps 2007 or 2008 will bring more
shows to the New York area.

New York

Wedding Channel Couture Show - NYC
Saturday, October 14 - 17

 "As a pioneer in scouting new talent and developing established
brands for the last ten years, WeddingChannel Couture Show has been a
launch pad for some of the most recognizable collections in the
market, such as Romona Keveza, Reem Acra, Anne Barge, Peter Langner,
Wearkstatt, Ines Di Santo, Siri, Debra Moreland is Paris, Erin Cole
and Henry Roth."

"Our innovative and professional venue attracts approximately 1600
retailers and press from the US and abroad. With a recent acquisition
by the nation's leading bridal registry website,,
WeddingChannel Couture Show continues to strengthen its position in
the bridal market as the shows to see in New York."


 My initial link to the Bridal Fashion Week show at the West Side Loft
is still a viable option. The West Side Loft is not merely an
apartment loft!

 "Jim Brady, owner of Loft Eleven and Penthouse 15, now has another
incredible new space called The Westside Loft. Housed in the same
building as his other venues, The Westside Loft resembles a private
residence with a fireplace, chandeliers, and a garden room with slate
floors. The Loft can hold 200 guests for sit-down dinners or 350 for

 About the West Side Loft

Las Vegas

Las Vegas The Market - International Bridal Manufacturers Association
Sept. 6-9, 2006

Las Vegas the Market now features hundreds of exhibitors representing
over 400 manufacturers, 250,000 square feet of floor space, and all
under one roof and one level. Kudos to you, the retailers, for without
you Las Vegas the Market could never happen!

List of Exhibitors


Bridal, Quinceanera & Special Occasion :

"The Bridal, Prom and Special Occasion industries shows on the 12th
floor of the World Trade Center during March, August and October
markets and in select showrooms on the 14th and 15th floors during all
five apparel markets (January, March, June, August and October).
Products include prom/pageant gowns, After 5 dresses, evening suits,
bridal gowns, mother of the bride, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl
dresses, petites, plus sizes and accessories."


August 24 - 28, 2006

"Don?t miss your first glimpse at the season?s dramatic silhouettes,
exquisite designs and elegant trends - seamlessly combined in the
epicenter of the bridal, prom, pageant and special occasion


 More expos and trade shows geared toward the wedding industry can be
found on the links below.

 As you can see, the shows geared toward Bridal Gown retailers are few
and far between!

 The Chicago Show I highlighted in my original answer is one of the
largest. From my research, it appears that this show tends to rotate
from year to year between Chicago and New York. Pehaps it will move to
NYC again in 2007.

Bridal Trade Shows; Clothing Industry Trade Show Directory

Wedding Professionals Conferences & Tradeshows

Infomat Bridal Shows (as you can see, there are listings for past NYC
bridal shows but no others are scheduled for this year other than the
two I provided above)
 - The Following fashion Events are for industry participants only.
Two forms of ID are required for entry to most Trade Shows and Runway
Shows. All dates are subject to rapid change without notice and should
be verified with respective Event Producers.


 Aside from these references, I can find no other wedding gown expos
or trade shows geared toward the retail buyer within the United
States! Although I know my original answer also provided you with
links to shows for potential brides, I thought this might serve as an
additional avenue for you to "get a glimpse" of the latest fashions
that you might want to showcase in your own shop.

 Does this help?


Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 12 Aug 2006 13:44 PDT
Here is another news item about Bridal Fashion Week to be held at the
West Side Loft:

"Couture Finery to be Shown in New York City During Bridal Fashion Week."

Request for Answer Clarification by hopefulfor2008-ga on 15 Aug 2006 17:56 PDT
The second answer is much more in line with what I was looking for.
This second set of links helps me to get started. Thank you for your
patient help! I will now close out this ticket.

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 15 Aug 2006 18:17 PDT
Glad you are happier with this information!
hopefulfor2008-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Slow beginning but quickly picked up speed once we clarified things.

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