Yes! You’re officially engaged now, with an elaborate wedding ceremony on the horizon. And you’re desperate for up-to-date, trendy wedding ideas.

Alternatively, you work in the wedding business yourself, either as a cake maker, dressmaker or event stylist. You’re looking for an opportunity to network, or just keep tabs on what’s new in the industry.

Either way, it’s easy to feel completely swamped by the rapidly moving trends, and the hundreds and even thousands of wedding suppliers and ideas floating around.

If only there was a place where you could see all of this in-person…

You’re in luck - on Sunday 30th June 2019, The Bridal & Wedding Expo sets up shop in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Read on to find out what all the fuss is about. Travelling from afar? Why not make a weekend out of it and take advantage of cheap accommodation in Melbourne for your weekend visit.

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Cheap accommodation in Melbourne: why choose Urban Central?

If you’re a vendor that’s flying in from interstate or attending from regional Victoria, you’ll want to ensure that everything goes according to plan.

And that includes planning your accommodation in advance.

Before you jet off to the biggest bridal fair in the calendar, you’ll want to ensure you have a place to lay your head when it’s all done.

That’s where we come in.

Urban Central offers a cheap accommodation in Melbourne that’s within close walking distance to MCEC.

Our location makes us the best place for affordable MCEC accommodation - just head straight down Clarendon Street for 5 minutes on foot, and you’ll be there. (Best of all, with our close proximity, you won’t have to worry about parking at MCEC!)

Bridal and Wedding Expo at MCEC

  • When: Sunday 30th June
  • Where: Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
  • Distance from our Melbourne hostel: 5 minutes walk

Keeping up with all the latest trends and fashions in weddings can be borderline impossible, as anyone who’s had to assist in the planning of a wedding can attest!

Featuring hundreds of exhibitors flaunting the latest in wedding fashion, there are plenty of ideas floating around that you might be able to incorporate into your wedding.

And for those in the business, it also provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network with potential partners and collaborators in the industry.


Bride Survival Guide

Anybody who’s ever attended a convention knows that it can be overwhelming. It isn’t uncommon to end up missing a panel you were eager to catch, or accidentally forget to return to an interesting vendor.

And who can forget the sore feet from spending all day standing?

Luckily, there’s a lot of overlap between backpacking and attending a convention. So much so, that we’ve consulted the seasoned travellers at our Melbourne hostel for their tips, and how they apply to convention guests.

Pre-register before the bridal fair

Queues - does anybody like them?

Skip the line and save some time by pre-registering and buying your ticket in advance.

Not to mention, it also guarantees you a spot should tickets sell out!

Best of all, you’re set to save when you pre-book online. Book now to receive $22 tickets, or pay $27 when you turn up on the day.


Plan, plan, plan!

The worst part about conventions is accidentally missing something you really wanted to see.

The best way around this is to simply know what’s going on

Step 1: get a map guide of the MCEC to familiarise yourself with the layout of the hall, as well as the various theatres.

Step 2: locate each of the wedding suppliers and vendors you want to see.

Step 3: create an itinerary that includes everything you’re here to see.

In addition to accounting for everything you want to see, you’ll also want to make note of nearby cafes and restaurants for when your stomach starts rumbling.

Ideally, you’ll want to shortlist places that are close so you don’t lose any time you could be spending exploring!


Bring a friend

We can’t recommend this enough: get a second opinion!

While it’s your special day, it can still be overwhelming; bringing a friend can certainly help you navigate the waters.

You might even like to bring your future husband or wife, of course: decorations, music and style of your wedding should be something both of you are happy with.

Failing that, invite a friend who you know for a fact has a good sense of style - don’t be afraid to pick their brains for suggestions, ideas, and their opinion.


Prepare yourself

Start by wearing comfortable shoes and packing a water bottle.

For wedding planners and event stylists using this as an opportunity to network, you’ll want to make yourself presentable. Don’t forget the business cards, too!

And if you’re in the process of wedding planning, it’s also a good idea to come to the event with a budget in mind. Even if it’s a relatively loose one, it will help you start to paint a picture of what you may be able to afford, versus elements that will become more of a nice-to-have, rather than a need-to-have.

And finally, if you’re going to be staying in Melbourne overnight for the 2019 Bridal and Wedding Expo, you’ll also want to book accommodation near MCEC!


Book cheap accommodation at our hostel in Melbourne 

Lastly, after you’re done pre-registering for the bridal expo at MCEC, don’t forget to book affordable accommodation in Melbourne where you can relax and prepare before visiting the bridal fair.

Whether you’re coming alone, with your fiance or with friends, we offer solo and group accommodation in Melbourne for attendees and vendors alike.

Best of all, being located so close to the Expo means you can be at the front doors once the clock strikes, allowing you to get the best start to this jam-packed event.

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Attending the Bridal Expo at MCEC? Book a hostel in Melbourne today!

How does affordable accommodation that’s a mere 5-minute walk away from the MCEC sound to you?

Good news: that’s exactly what you’ll get with Urban Central!

Whether you are planning to join this year’s bridal expo at MCEC, or you are in the middle of wedding planning, Urban Central can help.

Our Melbourne hostel offers various accommodation options that fit your budget, including:

Expo attendees aren’t the only people we help, either - we’re also the perfect place to crash following a bucks or hens night in the city!

Secure your room today - click here to book your stay with Urban Central.