Calling all newly engaged brides and those in the middle of wedding planning!

Planning one of the most important days of your life can be a little daunting, so to make things a little easier, there are 3 upcoming bridal expos across the state to help make the process a snap.

See where you can go get ideas and plan everything for the big day through the spring:


SEG AR Bridal Expo at ASU Cooper Alumi Center 2600 Alumni Blvd, Jonesboro: Perfect for the northeast brides, the SEG Bridal Expo will take place on Sunday, February 26 from noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased here. Brides and grooms can sample food, view wedding videos, compare styles of photographers, florists, cake designers, wedding gowns, tuxedos, caterers and DJs, as well as explore honeymoon destinations, check out make-up and jewelry styles, cosmetics and more. Arkansas Bride account executive Heather Smith will be present to hand out copies of Arkansas Bride, so be sure to stop by our booth!


Beauty and the Bride at Hamp Williams Building, 510 Ouachita, Hot Springs: Join dozens of vendors in historic downtown Hot Springs at the 1920's Hamp Williams Building from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 12. For those considering Hot Springs as their wedding or location if you're just wanting some ideas, the expo will offer a few ideas for ceremony and reception venues, wedding attire, hair and makeup, florists and more! There will be a fashion show, champagne and wine tasting, and samples from bakeries and caterers. One lucky bride will win a Hot Springs Destination Wedding package by attending, visiting all vendor booths, and submitting a qualified registration card for the drawing at the conclusion of the Bridal Expo! Must be present to win. Stay tuned for more information for a Facebook wedding giveaway campaign that will lead up to the day of the Bridal Expo. Tickets are $10 at the door. More information can be found hereArkansas Bride account executive Brandy Hubener and writer Lydia McAllister will be on hand, so be sure to stop by and check out the newest issue!


Kiss the Brides Expo at Four Points by Sheraton, 211 SE Walton Blvd. Bentonville: This bridal expo in downtown Fayetteville is another place for brides to get some ideas. Happening noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, visit a variety of local vendors, check out a fashion show modeling the latest bridal trends and enter tons of contests and ultimate wedding challenges. Tickets can be purchased here.

We also have a few tips from staff members on the best ways to tackle bridal fairs:

  1. Create sticker labels with info: It is a good idea to take sticker labels that include your wedding date, groom's name, name, address, phone number and email address ahead of time to make the registration process faster at all of the booths you'll be visiting.

  2. Charge your phone: Make sure your phone has a full battery before entering the bridal extravanganza because you might want to take pictures of your favorite food options, decor and flowers, etc., and you don't want your phone dying on you!
  3. Be ready: Don't stress. There are a lot of things going on, which will probably cause you go into bridal-overload, but don't worry if you can't make it to every booth on the list. Stop by every vendor you can and just soak everything in. It should be fun and a chance to get some great ideas for your big day!

Must-haves for your bridal fair trip:

  • Comfy shoes
  • Bottle of water
  • A tote or large purse to carry all of your pamphlets and goodies
  • A notepad and pen for all of your note-taking 

Happy wedding planning!