Tuesday, 10 April 2012 by Justin Cox
For those who haven't already, Central Texas brides-to-be and family members should set their calendar for Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. to be at the Harris Community Center as the City of Belton Parks & Recreation will be teaming up with the Belton Journal to host the Belton Bridal Showcase.
Local vendors from Belton, Harker Heights, Temple and Killeen have already sold out all available booths for the event, which will include professional party planners, photographers, D.J.'s, cake decorators, florists and every other professional specializing in making wedding days spectacular.
Vendors from downtown Belton are excited to interact with local brides and help them along their path to choosing the right professional to suit their needs.
One such vendor is Bobbye Jacobs, who has owned and operated B.J.'s Flower Shop.
Located on North Penelope in downtown Belton, Jacobs has served weddings with floral arrangements in Central Texas for more than two decades from her local shop.
"Brides can come to get a firsthand look at what they want to put together and coordinate with the vendors they meet," she said. "Planning early in advance is key. We want to talk to people that come in, give some ideas if we can, and make their dreams into a reality. We do the bridal bouquet, the wedding party bouquet, corsages, centerpieces for the reception, flowers for the church and event location. All brides have their own ideas about what they want, and given enough time, just about anything is possible."
An assortment of door prizes will be awarded to registered visitors throughout the afternoon, and there is no cost to attend the event.
Attending bridal shows allows you to meet face to face with wedding professionals, view samples of their work, ask about price, all one on one and in person to get the answers to every question you have, and plenty that you didn't realize you needed to ask.
You can avoid much of the lengthy and arduous task of e-mailing various vendors and trying to get a feel of what they offer and instead see samples for yourself.
This is the first such venture that the Belton Journal has undertaken as a program sponsor.
Each week leading up to the event, there will be stories in the weekly edition to give visitors a feel of what to expect at the event.
In addition, the Journal will be publishing a Bridal Guide as an insert before the event which will feature a large number of vendors in the area, and plenty of copies will be on hand at the Bridal Show as well for you to take home at no cost.