What is a Jaycee?
A Jaycee is a member of the Junior Chamber, a worldwide organization of young professionals ages 21-40. Our Quad Cities chapter welcomes members from all backgrounds and professions. Blending social events with service, we are dedicated to making the Quad Cities a great place to live, work and play. Learn more about the group behind the Bridal Expo on our chapter website.
About the Expo
Back in 1985, a few Jaycees had the crazy idea that the Quad City area needed a one stop bridal fair. Around 20 local merchants agreed and signed up to be part of such a fair. Thus, Bridal Expo was born. The demand for such an event became shockingly evident, as hundreds of brides arrived to plan their dream wedding at that first Bridal Expo.
Over the years, the Bridal Expo has constantly grown and changed with the times. Whether you are looking for the latest trends or something more traditional, the Bridal Expo is the place to be.
In addition to serving area brides, the Jaycees of the Quad Cities through the Bridal Expo, serves the community at large. Bridal Expo proceeds are used to fund the Jaycee Santa Program, a 70-year program to provide gifts for over 1,000 area underprivileged children. In addition, the Jaycees of the Quad Cities have given over $725,000 of Bridal Expo proceeds to other local causes, including funding the new library at the Scott County YMCA's Camp Abe Lincoln.
In 2011, the Jaycees of the Quad Cities Bridal Expo was named the Top Fundraising Project in the nation by the national Jaycee organization. To win this honor, the project had to be named the top project through successive conferences, starting at the region and district level before winning top project in the state of Iowa. The Davenport chapter competed against over 200 other national chapters for this honor.
The 2019 Jaycees of the Quad Cities Bridal Expo continues to uphold the tradition of excellence. This year's Bridal Expo is projected to be the largest bridal fair in the Quad City area. Over 160 vendors will participate in the expo and nearly a thousand brides will attend to plan their own dream wedding.
As our first brides and grooms celebrate their 35th anniversary with us, we look forward to helping you prepare for your wedding.