Are you a bride-to-be? Do you want to learn more about your options when it comes to every aspect of wedding planning? What if we told you you could attend one of the largest bridal events in Northern Florida and enjoy a relaxing stay at the same time? The Florida Bridal Expo is all that and more, and it’s happening near our beautiful inn! You can attend this marvelous bridal event with your bridesmaids and family, and come back to Sweetwater Branch Inn for the ultimate girls’ weekend. Read on to learn more about this fabulous event and start planning your visit today!
Are you planning a wedding in Gainesville? You’re going to need all the help you can get. We want to make it as easy for you as possible, and that’s why we created our exclusive and free Wedding Guide! Between finding a venue, picking the right caterer, and handling guest accommodations, you’ll have all the information you need! Download a copy by clicking on the button below and get ready to say “I Do” to Sweetwater Branch Inn!
How to Plan the Most Productive Visit to the Florida Bridal Expo
What Is the Florida Bridal Expo?
The Florida Bridal Expo is the largest and most well-known bridal event in North Florida. It takes place four times a year at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville and offers an amazing opportunity for brides to come and start planning their wedding. You get to meet and discover a variety of vendors, and can also browse an exhaustive selection of gift registries and invitation templates. In other words, the Florida Bridal Expo is the ultimate bridal shopping experience you need to be a part of!
Admission to the Expo
General tickets to the expo cost $15 at the door, but you can register online before the day of the event and get them for $12 each. If you wish to make this event truly unforgettable, get V.I.P. Admission! There are about 100 V.I.P. tickets available, so make sure you plan ahead! They cost $29 and give you access to the V.I.P. lounge and reserved standing area for fashion presentations.
The Platinum option is an even more exclusive deal. Each of the 15 tickets coasts $62 and comes with incredible perks. You get not only full access to the Florida Bridal Expo and vendors, but also exclusive appointment access to Allure Bridal Boutique, entry into all three grand prize sweepstakes, double entry into the honeymoon cruise raffle, a Champagne toast party with chocolate-covered strawberries, and more!
The Ultimate Wedding Checklist
The Florida Bridal Expo is the place to be if you want to plan the best Florida wedding possible. Invite your mother, grandmother, aunt, and bridesmaids, and participate in this one-of-a-kind bridal event. Here are all the kind of vendors you’ll be able to meet and discover:
- Bridal gown designers
- Rental companies
- Caterers and bakers
- Wedding consultants
- Travel agents (can’t forget about the honeymoon!)
You can also browse through an exhaustive selection of gift registries and invitation templates. In other words, the Florida Bridal Expo is the ultimate bridal shopping and wedding planning experience you need to be a part of!
Things to Do While You’re There
Planning a wedding gives you a chance to be surrounded by all of your best friends and family, so why not take advantage of it? Indulge in a little retail therapy at the best shopping spots in Gainesville like Celebration Point or the lovely antique shops of Micanopy, then enjoy a fun night out at Embers Wood Grill! For the ultimate girl’s getaway activity, join us for our highly anticipated Mary’s High Tea experience! Experience it every third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. (except in July).
Find Us at the Bridal Expo and Stay with Us for the Full Experience!
You already know there are four Florida Bridal Expos a year, but did you know that Sweetwater Branch Inn has a booth at all of them? We love everything “weddings,” and we want you to see what your wedding can look like at our inn! We’re one of the top romantic venues in Gainesville, so be sure to get a taste of it during the Florida Bridal Expo!
Sweetwater Branch Inn combines Southern elegance and Victorian comfort, all with the luxury of modern amenities. Choose between an array of tastefully decorated accommodations, whether it be a room or a cottage, and unwind like never before. Take a look at our Heirloom Suite, for example. You’ll love the queen-size Victorian bed and the private sunroom overlooking the gardens. Did we mention the whirlpool tub in the bathroom? We can already picture you relaxing in it after your day at the Florida Bridal Expo. You can also join us every night from 5 to 6 p.m. for our wine and cheese hour! What are you waiting for? We’re so excited to host you!