Dream Wedding Show

The bridal industry—and well-meaning friends and relatives—would have you believe that your wedding will be the “happiest day of your life.” While this seems to me to imply a lack of faith in the felicity of one’s actual marriage, it’s a sentiment that gets repeated often—and, more often than not, leads to nights of unnecessary night sweats for most brides.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything bridal could be gathered together in one place so you could dive into the marital maelstrom and emerge with ideas aplenty? That place exists: It’s the Dream Wedding Show at Cal Expo on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inside the vast and welcoming walls of the Cal Expo exhibition hall, you’ll find so many things wedding-related that it’ll blow your veil back. Vendors will be on hand with helpful hints for everything from gowns to gifts, cosmetics to catering, lighting to lingerie. New this year, the show will include a Photographers Galley, where you can peruse photos from photography vendors before speaking to them personally at their booths. Be one of the first 250 event participants to register and you’ll receive a bonus book full of exhibitor coupons and discounts. And like last year, don’t forget to check out the Theme Dream Pavilion—5,000 square feet of space decked out and dedicated to tablescapes and wedding design.

So before you throw that bouquet on your Big Day, check out what the wedding industry really has to offer. It might be your happiest day yet.

Admission is $10, but preregistration will snag you a discount. Though the exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., don’t miss the fashion shows at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. To register and for more information, visit dreamweddingshow.com. Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.

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