Anyone with a big event to plan needs to be at the Somervell County Expo Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 22, for the Bridal Show, with additional exhibits for proms and quinceañeras.

From picking the 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.

Susan Ragland, owner of Creations Flowers and Gifts at 1001 NE Big Bend Trail in Glen Rose, has been helping brides and grooms coordinate for the big day and has seen a lot of trends of the years.

“Chocolate is hot. It’s been mixed with purple, Tiffany blue, pink and red,” Ragland said. “I’ve rented more chocolate colored suits (for men) than I ever have before.”

She said a lot of brides are also choosing clean lines and simpler bouquet styles.

“Most brides go for hand tied bouquets with exposed stems,” Ragland said. “I think a lot of the girls, because of the economy crunch, are looking for ways to simplify.”

She also said couples seem to be spending the big money on the reception, where guests spend most of their time at a wedding. And couples aren’t necessarily keeping to older traditions - like expecting the brides’ family to foot the bill.

“I’ve noticed there’s been a split - the bride’s family pays for some, the groom’s family pays, and then the bride and groom will pool their money,” Ragland said.

She encourages brides hunting for bargains to start early.

“The sooner you start planning, the better deals you’ll find and you have a better chance of getting what you want,” Ragland said.

She suggests brides start planning their wedding about a year in advance. And the time of year will make a difference as well.

“The trend shift went from spring/summer to fall/winter,” Ragland said. “I don’t think you’ll ever get rid of the spring/summer weddings because a lot of people like to get married outside.”

If you’re still not sure where to start, look for the Glen Rose Wedding Connection booth at the bridal show. The organization includes photographers, cake makers, florists and more.

But the biggest trend of all, according to Ragland -

“Almost anything goes. It just depends on what the bride wants.”