This week we are going to talk about Trade Shows and Expos. They are trendy, terrific and tons of fun! There are several types of trade shows that take place all over the state of Florida, especially on the Gulf Coast. Whether you are getting married or looking for something fun to do, a Trade Show, Expo or Bridal Show should be on your list to check out and get inspired.
Planning a wedding is a special and unique experience, but it can also be a very stressful one if you don’t know where to start. There are several decisions a bride and groom must make. Picking out a venue and finding a wedding coordinator may be at the top of the list, but there are many other things that need to be done as well. Finding a caterer, florist, cake company and rental company can be overwhelming but are just as important. To ease the process, there are bridal shows constantly taking place in the Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay areas. The following is a list of a couple of wedding shows that Linens by the Sea has direct affiliation with including: Nuovo Bride’s Bridal Expo, Elegant Sarasota Weddings Bridal Show, and the Weddings of Sarasota Bridal Show that takes place each August at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Many times the Bride and Groom can attend these events for free and be entered for thousands of dollars in giveaways and other door prizes. It is a great way to spend a weekend meeting wedding professionals, envisioning your theme, seeing what your potential cake could look like and possibly even finding your perfect dress.
These next two images are from the recent Elegant Sarasota and Manatee Bridal Show that took place over this past weekend:
The next upcoming show in the area is the Nuovo Bride’s Bridal Expo, which is taking place at the BradentonAreaConvention Center on March 23rd. “This is simply the perfect setting for the area’s Largest Bridal Show on the Suncoast! Our shows evoke subtle elegance for the upscale bride. You will be delighted by the attention to detail showcased by the wedding professionals on Florida’s West Coast. With so much to enjoy, expect to be wowed!” If you are a soon-to-be bride, this is a show that cannot be missed! Brides should also remember to bring along their bridesmaids. It’s a great way for those included in the wedding party to help the bride find inspiration while viewing everything the show has to offer.
Ashley Gruters owner of SRQtees Events specializes in Weddings. Being a Wedding Coordinator is a ton of pressure as you begin to pull together all the elements of an Event or Wedding. SRQtees believes Trade Shows are such a great tool to showcase what you do as well as express your creativity. Brides and Grooms get engaged and soon find themselves questioning where to begin. A Bridal Show is not only a great place for inspiration but also a great place to get started in the planning process and booking Vendors. You have the opportunity to ask questions, collect information, compare pricing and meet Vendors face to face. Its exciting to attend Bridal Shows and surround yourself amongst every element you need to pull your Wedding together. Soon your vision will become a reality. Check out some of her booth pictures!
Other than Bridal Shows, U.S. Tent Rental and Linens by the Sea are highly involved with EXPO’s and Trade Shows all throughout the West Coast of Florida. Not only do we attend them when it is industry related, we also set them up and coordinate the install. Trade shows are generally sponsored by trade associations for specific industries, and there are thousands of associations running shows every year all throughout the United States. Some of the venues in the area that host these types of events include hotels like the Ritz Carltonin Sarasota and the Lido Beach Resort on Lido Key. The city’s local convention facilities are also continuously holding events and they include the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium and Robarts Arena. The coordination that goes into these events is extensive.
We mostly work with the show coordinator to provide a foundation for all the booths, but we also work with every single vendor that is exhibiting in the show to customize his or her specific booth needs. These vendors rely on our skills and experience to transform their booths into their own “showroom” for the event. Whether they need linens, drapes, tables, chairs, lighting or carpet we are here to provide them with what they need to make their show a success.
Some tradeshows are closed to the public because it’s for a private association. No matter if the show is private or open to the public, each show has specific needs and requirements. Here are a few upcoming shows we are a part of. You don't want to miss any of these!
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair:
Pineapple Antique Show: