First things first we want to introduce ourselves; Monica Watson and Jasmine Esau here. We are the brains behind Engaged. We both are wedding planners in Calgary and we both love what we do, it is a very rewarding career and we love creating and executing stunning weddings for our clients.
All that being said we have both been a part of MANY of the existing wedding trade shows today and to be honest we didn’t love the experience so we stopped partaking in them. We also know that many of our clients have attended the shows over the years and the feeling is mutual and the experience for them was overwhelming and not very helpful. All that being said we thought it was time to change how wedding shows today are viewed and how the wedding industry as a whole is viewed. Thus, Engaged was born; we wanted to create a purposeful event that actually helped couples, was fun and not overwhelming; we know we have achieved that and we are beyond excited for the first annual event this coming February.
There are a ton of reasons why we are different and many reasons why you should attend and a lot of it is outlined on our beautiful website. Take a look at the interactive map and click through step by step (this will give you a great idea of what to expect and how it works). We will name a few that we think will be helpful and different from trade shows today:
An Organized Approach: A floor plan that makes sense (yes it kind of looks like Ikea) we want you to have a purposeful path to walk around the show not rows and rows of double sided booths. We are also showing you the vendors in the order you should be booking them and all vendors are grouped together so you can compare their styles side by side.
2. NO SPAM! That’s right you heard us correct we are not giving your contact info to the vendors in the show afterwards so you won’t be receiving 100’s of emails and calls after attending. The only way a vendor will get your contact info is if you give it to them.
3. Wedding Focused: No unrelated categories and only a max of 60 vendors. Tired of those huge shows that go on for ever, us too? Tired of being sold gym memberships and tupperware at a wedding show, yup us too! You will only see the vendors that are needed to create your wedding, nothing more.
4. #couplegoals: We want the guys to come too! It's your wedding too so we've toned down the pink fluff, added beer and hot shaves and created an environment that's comfortable for all! Both parties should be involved in one of the most memorable days of your life. It’s encouraged that you come together, a couple that plans together stays together, just saying.
Please continue to follow our blog for info about the show, planning tips and so much more. We are here to help you every step of the way through your wedding planning journey. The first step, mark your calendar’s and attend Engaged on Saturday Feb 24th from 10:00am – 4:00pm and buy your tickets today!
<3 Monica + Jasmine