Welcome to the National Bridal Market in Chicago! We are proud of the growth of the show and excited about the opportunities available for all of our Exhibitors. You’ll find this season at the National Bridal Market to feature the best in every category.


This manual will guide you through the process of exhibiting at the National Bridal Market. It outlines helpful hints about the Show and associated special events as well as useful information about the Mart. Reference the Exhibitor Manual for promotional information and ways to maximize your exposure at the Show, operational recommendations for smooth move in, run of show and move out details, and frequently asked questions. We look forward to your arrival and working with you to ensure another great show!


SHOW SCHEDULE

FREIGHT DELIVERY HOURS

Thursday, March 15          8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, March 16              8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 17          8:00 am - 3:00 pm

SET UP HOURS- extended

Friday, March 16             8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 17         8:00 am - 6:00 pm

SHOW HOURS

Sunday, March 18          9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, March 19         9:00 am – 7:00 pm*
Tuesday, March 20        9:00 am – 1:00 pm**

* Extended Hour on Monday, March 19th
**Early Close on Tuesday, March 20th
 

DISMANTLING HOURS

Tuesday, March 20     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FREIGHT & PERSONALLY OWNED VEHICLE (POV) LOAD OUT HOURS

Tuesday, March 20     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(Personally Owned Vehicles "POV's" Only). This is for exhibitors moving out merchandise in their own car, van or small rental truck and Airways Freights, and Fedex Shipments)

ALL POVS MUST BE MOVED OUT ON TUESDAY, MARCH 20th.
The loading of POVs will begin upon the completion of the return of empties. 

Wednesday, March 21st - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Common Carriers, Freight Companies, and Company Trucks)
 
NEW POLICY: Rolling racks and carts will no longer be allowed in the passenger elevators. Please use the freight elevators. Also, the unloading of product on the North & South Drives of the Merchandise Mart is prohibited.  


OVERVIEW OF WHAT EXHIBITORS GET

BOOTH EQUIPMENT

Exhibit space includes:

·     Gray carpet

·     120 volt outlet 

·     150 watt duplex

·     LED Strip Light

·     Table(s)

·     Rack(s)

·     Booth Signage

·     Waste Basket

·     Risers (Optional)

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There will be a fee for any damage to booth equipment, including damage made by nails and staple holes. 

Upgrade options, including additional lighting and flooring, are available – please complete the Booth Order Form or call Megan Davidson with inquiries. 312-527-7514

BOOTH IDENTIFICATION SIGN

All exhibitor spaces will be identified with a clean, simple booth sign that includes COMPANY NAME only. Line listings will not be listed. As necessary, multiple signs will be available for large spaces to help attendees navigate the show floor.

COMPLIMENTARY WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Wifi is available on the Show Floor for Buyers and Exhibitors. To log-on:

Network: TheMart Exhibitor Wifi
Password: themart2018

DRAYAGE

Also known as “materials handling,” drayage is the labor to receive freight during move-in, delivering it to your booth, removing empty containers, storing and returning them after the show, and loading materials for outbound shipping. This cost is included in your booth package.

BOOTH EQUIPMENT & SERVICES

BOOTH CLEANING

As part of our service, MMPI ensures that all booths will be vacuumed prior to the first day of market at no charge. If you require additional cleaning services, please complete the Booth Order Form and we will gladly respond to your request.

BOOTH CUSTOMIZATION - DEADLINE IS february 22nd

If you would like to have MMPI customize your booth in any way that involves construction, painting, or flooring, please return the Customization of Booth Request Form. MMPI will provide a quote that must be approved by the Exhibitor before the production of the custom work starts. Alternatively, you may contract an installer to do such work for you, consistent with the rules regarding Exhibitor Appointed Contractors. For custom shelving or custom booth design, see Alex Displays.  Questions regarding the acceptability of your customization may be directed to Megan Davidson at mdavidson@themart.com or 312.527.7514.

Deadline for booth customization forms is February 22, 2018. All work must be paid in full prior to show start.

BOOTH LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES

Each 10’ x 10’ space is equipped with an LED strip light, and a 150 watt duplex outlet. All electrical services will be provided and installed by The Merchandise Mart. To order additional lights, please see the Booth Order Form. Questions regarding the acceptability of your electrical set-up may be directed to Megan Davidson at mdavidson@themart.com or 312-527-7514.   

BUSINESS SERVICES/SERVICE DESK

The Exhibitor Service Desks, located on the 7th floor, offers business services, including photocopying and faxing. The Service Desk can also respond to questions about shipping, materials handling, billing, and will be happy to assist you in placing orders for booth services or equipment.

dressing rooms

If you would like to include a Dressing Room in your space, state the request in the Booth Customization Form and request a quote from Megan Davidson at mdavidson@themart.com or 312-527-7514.

SEAMLESS WALL COVERING

If you would like to have MMPI install seamless paper wall covering in your booth please return the Wall Covering Request Form.  Pricing includes materials, installation and restoration.  Wall covering will be installed prior to move-in. Please note the pricing listed below does not include free standing booth columns. If your booth is larger than what is listed below or you would like additional walls or columns treated, please submit the Booth Customization Form and an MMPI staff member will contact you regarding pricing.


VENDORS AND SERVICES

AV EQUIPMENT

AV Equipment, TVs, Laptops, DVD players and printers are available for your booth from AV Chicago. Complete the AV Chicago Order Form or call 312.229.4100.

BOOTH STAFFING, DRESSERS & STEAMER HELP

For your temporary booth staffing needs, including dressers and steamer help, please refer to the GCJ Hospitality Form.

A limited amount of steamers are available to rent on a first come first serve basis at the Exhibitor Service Desk. The rental charge is $31.00/hour.

CATERING

A number of food-service providers conveniently located within The Merchandise Mart are prepared to meet your catering requests. Please see most-used catering contacts below.

  • Artisan Cellar | Wine & Cheese | Contact: Phillip Bernstein | (312) 527-5810
  • Au Bon Pain | Drop Off Service | Contact: Paula or Andrea | (312) 755-9779
  • Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | Full Service | Contact: John Dexter | (312) 529-1133
  • Foodstuffs | Full Service | Contact: Jay Liberman | (847) 328-7710
  • The Chopping Block | Full Service | Contact: Anna Stevens | (312) 644-2678 x211
  • Marshall’s Landing | Full Service | Contact: Jessica Reno | (312) 972-4352

CUSTOM SIGNAGE

Custom Signs, including vinyl lettering and other special requests, can be ordered from Katherine Frank Creative using the Custom Signage Form or call Michael at (630) 620-7720.

DRESS FORMS / MANNEQUINS

Dress Forms / Mannequins are available from Dress Rite Forms 

FLORAL

The preferred vendor for floral arrangements is Artistic Blooms. Please email adam@artisticbloomschicago.com call (773) 596.9006 to place an order or click here for the order form.

FURNITURE

If you need to rent furniture for your booth, you may do so from the following companies:

AFR Furniture Rental at (630) 796-7942 Contact: Ryan Campbell
Cort Furniture Rental at (312) 266-8719 Contact: Stephanie Maffia
Marquee Event Rentals at (630) 871-9999 Contact: Stephanie D'Ambrosio

GRATUITY

All members of the MMPI staff are a team. Show Management requests that exhibitors do not offer gratuity for labor.

INSURANCE

All companies are required to carry Show Insurance to cover any incidentals that occur prior to, during, or after the show. Insurance should covers shipping, labor, and damage to any goods or property.

MODELS

If you are interested in hiring models or dressers for your booth space, we suggest the following agencies:

Factor Women at (312) 943-3226 Contact: Nicholas Butts
Ford at (312) 243-9400 Contact: Jenny Ade
19:30 Model Management (312.244.3750) Contact: Wendy Daniels
The Rock Agency (773) 805-0139 Contact: Nancy

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOTAPING & BROADCASTING

Photographing, videotaping, filming, or sound recording is prohibited without the prior written consent of Show Management.

PLANTS

Plants can be ordered through Floral Exhibits at (773) 277-1888 or fax (773) 277-1919. Click here for the form. 

SECURITY

Show security will be on duty 24 hours a day from move-in to move-out, but cannot and should not be counted on to provide more than a presence to inhibit theft. To help provide for the security of merchandise in your booth, we advise you to staff your booth at all times and not to leave valuables unattended. Any exhibitor requiring special guard services may request such services with the approval of Show Management.

Jeff Caldwell | 312.527.7700 | JCaldwell@BMSLLC.Com

TABLE DRAPES/LINENS

MMPI does not provide draping for tables. You can make arrangements for table draping by contacting Stephanie D’Ambrosio or Jaclyn Lee with Marquee Event Rentals at (708) 237-9535. Or click here to download the form.

Please keep in mind that any damage to tables and booth equipment, including damage left by nails or staplers, will result in a fee.

WATER SERVICES

Bottled water services can be ordered through Hinckley Springs by calling (773) 586-8600


STORAGE

EMPTY CONTAINER STORAGE

Due to City of Chicago Fire Ordinances, packing materials may not remain on the show floor while the show is open. Flammable containers must be removed from the floor.

When your containers are empty, obtain "EMPTY" labels from the Exhibitor Service Desk. Use the labels to mark your crates, boxes and containers with your company name and booth number. Leave the containers in the aisle; for your convenience, these empty labeled containers will be picked up by MMPI staff and returned to you at the end of the Show. Please remember that you will not have access to these containers during the show and that no boxes will be distributed before Show close.

Please do not request your empty boxes prior to breakdown.