Weddings On Ice Bridal Show & Party Planning Expo


I am a bridal show virgin. My first one is coming up, called Weddings on Ice, and I am so excited and nervous! I’ve been preparing for it since June. I want my table to be perfect. I’ve been searching for table decorations and trying to create a table scape that will reflect my personality and my business.

I’ve taken great inspiration from Kara of Kara’s Parties. She deserves the party queen crown because seriously, take a look at this: Circus Party and Fourth of July BBQ and Bunco Party which is the party I am taking inspiration from. My logo colors are pink and turquoise/teal so when I saw this:

(photo from Kara’s site)
I knew I had to try and emulate it as much as possible. I have a 6′ conference style table at the event so I am definitely going to copy her tablecloth look. I don’t know if I can have the striped fabric behind me though. Still need to check on that. I am going to have some regular sized cupcakes out for display only and then trays of mini cupcakes for brides and grooms to sample. I will also have a couple of photo albums, one at each end of the table, with pics of my cupcakes. Or I could just set up my laptop for people to view my Flickr cupcake set. What do you think?

I’ve also created these little giveaways

Favor ideas for bridal show

Cello bags filled with pink and blue jimmies and stickers with my name and website url. Question is, how many do I make? I have 100 bags but only 80 stickers.

Should I have little bottles of water too? I don’t have time or money to personalize anything right now. I won’t even have shirts or aprons with my logo on them. I am going to try and make a sign with my logo on it and stick it to some foam core so I have some sort of signage. No money. 🙁 So I hope that doesn’t hurt me as a business. I will have a cupcake apron on but it’s just a Jessie Steele one

Is there anything else I am missing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated from my fellow businesses out there who’ve attended Bridal shows.

And now for the info….

BEAT THE HEAT! The Weddings on Ice Bridal Show is a FREE event with FREE parking. They are also serving as a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. If you bring a canned good, you get half-off skating admission (only $5 to skate). There will be a vow renewal ceremony at 11:15a and a fashion show at 12p. They are also hosting “A Dress for Charity” where they accept gently worn party and bridal dresses for charity. All proceeds go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank too. More:

  • Celebrity Hockey Player Garter Belt Sign and Toss!
  • Group Renewal of Vows Ceremony (Come in your favorite Hockey Jersey, Funny Tee Shirts! Prizes for the Best Dressed, Most Creative, and Craziest
  • Fashion Show EXTRAVAGANZA!

    Everything from the Wedding Day to the Honeymoon!!!

There are also going to be free food samples, cake tastings, CUPCAKE TASTINGS (courtesy of moi) and door prizes, raffles and freebies.

Saturday July 25 10-3pm
23641 La Palma Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

I am going to have a special offer for brides, event planners, etc at this event only. So if you come, please stop by my table and I’ll tell you all about it!

Hope to see you there!

  1. Business cards. Maybe it goes without saying that you'll have these out there but since you didn't mention it I figured I would. Like Chris I only went to one bridal show. It was much as she described. There were people thick around the cake tables because they wanted a taste so I didn't even bother looking at their stuff. I like the idea of having your laptop, but maybe put it on a slideshow that just repeats itself? Have your portfolio there too in case someone is blocking the computer. Make sure the computer is out of reach and away from the cupcakes, lol.

  2. I only went to one bridal show. Upon entry, stickers were put on the brides to identify them. I ended up taking my off because the vendors seemed to take this as a sign to attack. Once it was off, I was ignored completely, so wasn't it my head. I would suggest giving something away to gain data on potential clients. Also be prepared for your cupcakes to be gone quickly. Don't put them all out at once. Good luck!!


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