Wedding fever hits Toronto

Wedding-planning season has arrived in Toronto, which means a busy month ahead for engaged couples in the city.

The month kicked off with Canada’s Bridal Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this past weekend. One of the largest shows around, it featured hundreds of exhibitors sprawled throughout the massive venue for four days straight.

Next up is The Wedding Show, which hits Toronto on Friday for the 10th year in a row. The smaller-scale boutique-style wedding event takes place at the Carlu, featuring 125 exhibitors covering all things wedding, from gown designers and flowers to photography and music.

Tickets for the three-day event are $20.

A unique feature to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary this year will be a Crane Chandelier art installation made from more than 13,000 origami cranes. The cranes were made, signed and donated by engaged and newlywed couples from around the world. Each one represents patience, commitment and each couple’s “leap of love,” according to Catherine Lash, founder of the Wedding Show.

Some of the cranes that will form a chandelier at The Wedding Show this weekend. I'm dying to see how the finished product will look!

For each crane donated, The Wedding Co. – the company behind the show – will give 50 cents to The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

On the weekend of Jan. 21st, the Total Wedding Show arrives in Mississauga at the International Centre. Another large-scale three-day show, this one boasts 350 wedding retailers and service providers. Tickets cost $14 online or $15 at the door.

Finally, on the last weekend of January, the National Bridal Show takes place at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. In the past, it’s hosted more than 500 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees, so prepare for large crowds at this hefty event.

Fashion shows will take place throughout the three-day show. Tickets are $14 online or $15 at the door.

I can’t say I’ve ever planned a wedding, but from what I hear, the shows provide some amazing deals and an opportunity to get tons done in one day. Don’t miss your chance to swing by at least one of these shows if you’re planning for your big day.


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