Well, Real Weddings Brides…come and see us at any of these upcoming events, and not only will you get a free copy of Real Weddings Magazine and our wedding planning resource guide The Bride’s Guide, you’ll get our reusable Real Weddings Tote Bag and get to register to win great giveaways! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events, and watch our blog for more information as the events draw near. See you at these events!


Weddings of the World – Multicultural Wedding Show

January 6, 2013 at Four Points Sheraton, Natomas. 2-6 p.m.

Admission is $5, or free if you pre-register. And, when you pre-register you’ll receive free pre-printed labels at the show! Start planning your stress-free wedding here. elkgrovebridalshow.com


Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa Bridal Open Houses

January 13, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; January 27, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

February 17, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; March 24, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

April 21, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; May 19, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

June 23, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; July 21, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

August 18, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; September 29, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

October 20, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; November 10, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, Sacramento. Admission is free. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and tour the resort. ardenhills.net


Macy’s Sip & Scan Registry Event

January 16, 2013 at Macy’s Westfield Galleria at Roseville. 6-9 p.m.

Admission is free, but please RSVP to reserve your spot. Get the Star Treatment at Macy’s Sip & Scan Registry Event. Join Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry for an event featuring fun beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and great registry experts to help you create your dream registry. Attendees receive a fabulous goodie bag. macys.com


Brides to Be Dinner Showcase

January 19, 2013 at The Clubhouse at the Paradise Valley, Fairfield. 6-9 p.m.

Admission is $45. Enjoy a three-course meal, cake cutting, Champagne toast and visit with some of the area’s best vendors. alittleofeverythingshowcase.com


Macy’s Sip & Scan Registry Event

January 23, 2013 at Macy’s Westfield Downtown Plaza, Sacramento. 6-9 p.m.

Admission is free, but please RSVP to reserve your spot. Like the event on January 16, but this time at the Macy’s at Westfield Downtown Plaza! Meet with great registry experts and create your dream registry. macys.com


The Bridal Expo

January 26-27, 2013 at Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $10, or free if you register online in advance. Fun exhibits, samples, prizes, fashions and more. bridal-expos.com


Helwig Winery’s 2nd Annual Bridal Event

January 27, 2013 at Helwig Winery, Plymouth. 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission is $15. The theme for this exclusive bridal workshop os “Something Old, Something New…” It will feature interactive demonstrations, prize giveaways, sparkling wine, appetizers and desserts paired with Helwig’s award winning wines, photo keepsake, fun interactive contests and goodie bags for all attendees. For more information and for tickets visit:  http://www.helwigwinery.com/scripts/eventPg.cfm?seq=378&calendar=Y&mo=1&yr=2013


My Bridal Sale Event and Wedding Expo

January 27, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sacramento. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission is $12, or $10 if purchased online in advance. Sacramento’s only bridal consignment sale and wedding fair with area wedding vendors. mybridalsale.com
A Berry Special Event Open House

January 20, 2013, A Berry Special Event’s Showroom & Warehouse, Sacramento. 12 – 4 p.m.

Admission is free. Join A Berry Special Event for a FREE Wedding and Event Open House and bridal fashion show. aberryspecialevent.com


Wedding & Special Events Faire 

January 31, 2013 at Carvalho Family Winery at Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg. 6-9 p.m.

Admission is $10 per couple. Great vendors, food and wine tastings in an intimate and welcoming setting. carvalhofamilywinery.com


It’s a Wedding Affair

February 17, 2013 at Cameron Park Community Center, Cameron Park.  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission is free. Enjoy food tastings, meet with wedding vendors, enjoy fashion shows and more. cameronpark.org


Dream Wedding Show

February 24, 2013 at Cal-Expo, Sacramento. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission is $10. Meet more than 150 wedding vendors, and visit the Dream Theme Pavilion for inspiring tabletop designs and wedding themes. dreamweddingshow.com


Sonora Wedding Faire

February 24, 2013 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora. 12-4 p.m.

Admission is free. Enjoy over 50 vendors and a fashion show. sonoraweddings.net


Weddings & More! Special Events Showcase

March 3, 2013 at UC Davis, Freeborn Hall, Davis. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is $10, or $5 by purchasing online in advance. Meet top wedding vendors from the Greater Sacramento area! weddingsandmore.ucdavis.edu


Mother Lode Bridal Faire 

March 10, 2013 at Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission is free. Great vendors and great raffle prizes. calaveras.org


2nd Annual Bridal  & Quinceanera Expo

March 24, 2013 at The Courtyard Marriott, Fairfield. 12-4 p.m.

Admission is free. Meet top area vendors, enjoy food and cake tastings along with live music and much more. alittleofeverythingshowcase.com


Fifth Annual Bridal D’Elegance Open House at The Delta King

June 2, 2013 at The Delta King, Sacramento. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission is free but please call their sales office to reserve your tickets: 916-442-8052. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, vendor giveaways, a fashion show, entertainment and more. deltaking.com


Before you head out to the area’s bridal shows, check out this handy little list of tips to make the most of the experience:

  • Don’t go it alone—bring a bridesmaid, your mom or a friend (or dare we suggest, your fiancé?). It will be helpful (and more fun!) to have their input and advice.
  • Bring labels—many vendors offer prizes and contests, and additionally, you may want to request more information from selected vendors. By bringing pre-printed labels, you will save time and the hassle of having to complete this information booth after booth. Information that you might want to include: your name, address, phone, email, fiancé’s name and when you’re getting married.
  • Bring a notebook—no matter how good your memory is, you’ll want to take some notes on vendors and ideas that catch your eye.
  • Bring a sturdy tote bag—you’ll be picking up business cards, brochures, etc.  Or, come to the shows where Real Weddings Magazine will be and we’ll give you one of our groovy reusable bags!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

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