About the Bridal Extravaganza
This is the best weekend to meet Austin’s premier wedding professionals face-to-face in one place. The Bridal Extravaganza brings the pages of the Wedding Guide to life. You will have the chance to experience in person everything you need for your wedding. Sample the cake; taste the finest of catering; smell the flowers; listen to the music. You’ll also be able to see samples of table designs and invitations; view photos and videos of reception locations; and new ideas to make your wedding special. It’s everything you need to plan a wedding under one roof.
Brides, grooms, and their families, save time, gas, energy, confusion, and money by attending the Austin Bridal Extravaganza. Eliminate playing phone tag or back and forth emails when trying to get an appointment with a wedding vendor. Get immediate information and service in person from the hundreds of professionals at the Bridal Extravaganza.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Aside from all the vendors being under one roof and not having to drive all around town to meet with vendors, the Bridal Extravaganza has many ways to help you save money on your wedding.
Every bride gets $500 in Bridal Bucks when she enters the door. Many of our vendors will accept these Bridal Bucks toward packages for your wedding. Just look for the “Bridal Bucks Accepted Here” sign and ask that vendor how you could save. Bridal Bucks are valid for 30 days after the show. Click here to learn more.
Cash for Contracts
We know you are going to find many, if not all, of the perfect professionals for your special day. As these are the best wedding professionals Austin has to offer, they book up quickly. Be prepared to make decisions at the show and not only will you lock in your favorite professional, many will offer special rates if you do put down a deposit.
Additionally, if you sign a contract at the Bridal Extravaganza, you might be one of the lucky brides who gets part of that contract paid BY US! How?
Simply bring a copy of the contract to the Wedding Guide booth anytime during the day, but no later than 15 minutes prior to the closing of the show each day. Those lucky brides whose names we draw will have 10% of their contract (up to $250) paid for by the Bridal Extravaganza. Click here to learn more.
Yes, and we recommend it!.
Austin Convention Center has two near by parking garages. Click Here to see directions, locations and pricing for the Palmer Events Center Parking.
Yes, children 12 and under are free. Strollers are not provided.
Yes, the exhibit floor of the show is handicap accessible. Wheelchairs are not provided.
You should definitely consider bringing someone with you the show. You may want to consider bringing your mother, fiancé, maid of honor or all three! It is great to have someone there to bounce ideas off of or just to help you carry the many items and ideas you will pick up at the show.
Make a checklist of the most important vendors you need to complete your wedding plans. The Bridal Extravaganza has a vendor from virtually every category to plan your wedding.
If you have your date picked out let the vendors know so that you can determine at the very beginning if that vendor is available that day. Ask, “Are you available or do you have an opening on _____(date)?” If the response is negative, move on to another similar company.
Yes! The Grand Prize drawing will happen at 4:00 p.m. each day. You must be present at the stage to win and yell loudly if your name is called! If the bride is unable to be present for grand prizes, a family member may claim the prize in her name.
Yes, there will be fashion shows at the Bridal Extravaganza. Visit this page to get more information about the January 10-11, 2015 fashion show line up
Dress comfortably! You’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing so comfortable shoes are a must.
You will see lots of great ideas at the show that will be worthy of taking a photo. Check with each exhibitor, but most of them won’t have a problem with you taking pictures of their designs.
As you walk around the show, it’s fairly certain you are going to see something you hadn’t thought of or perhaps you’ll want the name of the designer of a wedding gown during the fashion show. You’ll receive a copy of the Bridal Extravaganza Program Guide at the door which lists all of the exhibitors and is a great place to write down all of your notes from the show.
Come prepared to make decisions.
Whether your wedding date is just around the corner or a couple of years away the Bridal Extravaganza is a big shopping area, everything is “bookable” and “buyable.”
Couples with very popular wedding dates, such as those in the summer or fall months, will need to make quick decisions and commitments in order to secure their preferred wedding professionals.
Deposits and contract signings are encouraged at the Bridal Extravaganza. Companies will take deposits via credit card and check at the Bridal Extravaganza. If you do sign a contract be sure you enter your contract in our Cash for Contracts drawing.
Our best advice? If you are not prepared to make a deposit, at least plan to make a definite appointment at the show to meet with your favorite vendors.
The top vendors often find a year’s worth of business booked at the show or within six weeks of the show. Act quickly — don’t procrastinate or you may end up with your second or third choices.
Many of our exhibitors provide delicious samples of their products at the show. Concessions are also available inside the exhibit hall for purchase.
The show is open to the general public. Brides, grooms (yes, lots of grooms do attend!), their parents, siblings and other family members are welcome, along with close friends and bridal party members. Brides will be given special name tags, making it a fun event for the “celebrities” at this show. Also welcome are corporate event planners who will find all the elements they need to orchestrate company functions or gala events, and many families planning quinceañeras also come to the Bridal Extravaganza.
This is your wedding. Come with an open mind to the many new ideas that can help make it a truly unique event.
Some of the most talented and creative designers, florists, cake artists, wedding planners, gown designers, decorators and accessory designers participate in the show. They are all on the cutting edge of the “latest and greatest.” Expect to see lots of new, exciting and beautiful elements to make your wedding day as special as the two of you