Anyone with a big event to plan should attend the Somervell County Expo Center at 11 a.m. Sunday for a bridal show, with additional exhibits for proms and quinceañeras.
From picking flowers to selecting the perfect place to say, “I do,” the show will have local vendors on hand to help make that special day one to remember.
A fashion show is set for 3 p.m., debuting the latest trends in wedding gowns, attendant dresses and all types of evening wear.
Pam Harpole, owner of Gala Affairs and a certified bridal consultant, has been helping brides and grooms coordinate the big day for more than 20 years and has seen a lot of trends over the years.
Harpole said brides should keep an eye on the four “F’s”: flowers, photos, food and facility.
“Trends in flowers are monochromatic with all the same colors and very little greenery,” Harpole said. “Use of baby’s breath has been one of the biggest changes. It’s just never used and you used to put it in everything for weddings.”
She said a lot of brides are also choosing natural fabrics and simpler bouquet styles, but she warns brides against trying to save money by doing their own flowers. She said a novice florist just doesn’t know how to handle the flowers correctly and the end result could be an unhappy bride. Instead, Harpole recommends talking to a professional florist about less expensive alternatives.
Of course, one of the first things on every bride-to-be’s mind is what to wear.
Harpole said while fabric selections and colors are pretty much the same, the styles have changed a bit.
“You see very few with sleeves. Some have cap sleeves or croquette sleeves,” Harpole said. “Beading is minimal but in definite patterns - just very fine beading. And you don’t find long cathedral trains like you did before. Most are chapel length.”
Harpole said one of the biggest changes is what brides choose to wear on their feet.
“Brides are going for looks or extreme comfort,” she said, adding that she has seen brides walk down the aisle in everything from flip-flops to stilettos. The worst choice a bride can make, however, is flat ballet shoes.
“Flat ballet shoes are the worst choice because there is absolutely no support,” Harpole said.
More and more brides are also opting to use heirloom veils.
“The tradition holds that if you borrow a veil from someone with a happy marriage, you’ll have a good marriage, too,” Harpole said.
And with more couples footing the bill for the wedding themselves, Harpole said many are choosing to spend less money on the wedding and more on the reception.
She said many brides also choose to make their own invitations.
“I think part of that is they want their own personal touch,” Harpole said.
Somewhere between the veil, flowers, bubbles and cake, Harpole said brides need to calm down and follow social mores.
“Etiquette is there to make rituals of life simpler and easier,” Harpole said.