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, exciting events as well as fine amenities for both you and your clients.

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 this March!


SHOW SCHEDULE

FREIGHT DELIVERY HOURS

Thursday, March 16                 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, March 17                     8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 18                 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

SET UP HOURS

Friday, March 17                     8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 18                 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

SHOW HOURS

Sunday, March 19                   9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, March 20                 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 21                 9:00 am - 1:00 pm {NEW HOURS}

DISMANTLING HOURS

Tuesday, March 21                    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FREIGHT & PERSONALLY OWNED VEHICLE (POV) LOAD OUT HOURS

Tuesday, March 21              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 21.
The loading of POVs will begin upon the completion of the return of empties. 

Wednesday, March 22        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

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

Exhibit space includes a grey carpet, a 120 volt, a 150 watt duplex electrical outlet, and a 1’x4’ fluorescent ceiling fixture. Each exhibitor receives one wastebasket and the Basic Equipment Package.

COMPLIEMENTARY WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

We are excited to announce that Wi-fi will now be available on the Show Floor to buyers and exhibitors at no charge!

BOOTH IDENTIFICATION SIGN

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

BOOTH EQUIPMENT & SERVICES

BOOTH CLEANING

As part of our service, MMPI ensures that all booths will be vacuumed prior to the show 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

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.  Deadline for booth customization is February 22nd. 

BOOTH EQUIPMENT

Please see below for the lighting that comes with your booth space. Each exhibitor also receives booth identification signage and one wastebasket and the Basic Equipment Package. Please note that your booth will not have any equipment unless you specified quantities on your contract for the Basic Equipment Package. See Order Forms for a listing of additional equipment and services available. In order to more quickly facilitate your on-site requests, we ask that all exhibitors submit the Method of Payment Form

BOOTH FLOORING

Booths and corridors are carpeted in gray. If you would like to install custom flooring, please submit the Customization of Booth Request Form.

BOOTH LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES

Each 10’ x 10’ space is equipped with a 1’x4’ fluorescent light fixture, 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, and billing, and will be happy to assist you in placing orders for booth services or equipment.

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. Download the order form or call 312.229.4598.

BOOTH STAFFING, DRESSERS & STEAMER HELP

For your temporary booth staffing needs, including dressers and steamer help, please refer to the Expo Temps Staffing Form

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
  • Nick’s Fishmarket | Full Service | (312) 621-0211

CUSTOM SIGNAGE

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

DRESS FORMS / MANNEQUINS

Dress Forms/ Mannequins are available from Manex/France Display

FLORAL

The preferred vendor for floral arrangements is Artistic Blooms. Please email adam@artisticbloomschicago.com call (773) 540-2173 to place an order or click here for the order form.

PLANTS

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

MODELS

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

Factor Women at (312) 943-3226 Contact: Kasia Koniar
Ford at (312) 243-9400 Contact: Nancy
19:30 Model Management (312.244.3750) Contact: Wendy Daniels

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOTAPING & BROADCASTING

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

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.

Don Taylor | 312.527.7700 | secmart@mmart.com  

STEAMER RENTAL

A limited amount of steamers are available on a first come first serve basis at the Exhibitor Service Desk. The rental charge is $26.75/hour

TABLE DRAPES/LINENS

The Merchandise Mart does not provide draping for tables. You can make arrangements for table draping by contacting Stephanie D'Ambrosio with Classic Party Rental at (708) 485-8010. Or click here to download the form.

GRATUITY

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

WATER SERVICES

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

WI-FI

NEW: For your convenience, complimentary Wif-Fi service is available on the 7th Floor. 


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.