Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know anything about the vendors that offer services for the big day. Couples will make dozens of decisions during the planning process —and just one bad choice could lead to a flaw in an otherwise perfect day.

That’s why many brides (and grooms!) will flock to area bridal shows for a better understanding of what services are available to them.

Kokomo’s own Heartland Bridal Show is no exception, with dozens of vendors ranging from hair and makeup to catering and entertainment and it is free to attend.

This year, the bridal show will host more than 40 vendors at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center on Saturday, with nearly half of them in attendance for the first time.

Lori Thomas, event coordinator and Heartland magazine marketing executive, said she wants guests to have options for all phases of marriage, from pre-martial counseling to purchasing their first home and opening joint bank accounts.

“It’s going to be a fun day of prizes, DJ Pugh will have people up dancing and they will get to meet with all of these fantastic vendors,” Thomas said. “It’s going to be a really nice variety.”

Just a few of the prizes that will be announced throughout the afternoon include a photography session with H&R Photography, and a wedding cake valued at $300 from Choo Choo McGoo’s.

There will be videographers, photographers, caterers, event planners, venues, men’s and women’s fashion, entertainment specialists, florists, jewelers, travel agents and even ideas for bachelor and bachelorette events and gifts.

In addition to getting to visit with vendors, guests will also be able to watch the annual bridal fashion show again this year, with dresses from Blye’s Bridal and Trudie’s Bridal. Posh Salon and Day Spa will be styling the models’ hair for the fashion show event, so brides will also get the chance to get ideas for their wedding-day hairstyles.

The Heartland Bridal Show will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center. For more information, visit the Heartland Magazine Facebook page.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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