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Bridal fair helps brides, grooms plan special day

Spring is on the way, which means wedding bells will soon be ringing. And the 13th annual Journey for the Bride and Groom Bridal Fair is gearing up to help brides and grooms plan their special day.

Pat Reynolds, owner of Journey Productions, believes the fair is the perfect opportunity for the entire wedding party.

"This is a great opportunity for them to come and be exposed to numerous vendors. There are places for them to sit and visit, and a lot of the time vendors will be having special deals," Reynolds said.

"It's a chance for them to come and visit and start planning their wedding; it's something we see every year."

Reynolds said the bridal fair sees around 500 attendees each year. Between 150 to 175 of those are brides and grooms.

Since its creation over 12 years ago, the bridal fair has grown in size.

"We started with around 20 vendors, including ourselves, and we've grown to around 35 vendors," Reynolds said.

Despite its growth, the fair has remained in the Great Plains Coliseum Annex.

"Everything is centrally located right there in the same room, so everybody has a chance for the same exposure."

One of the unique aspects of the fair is its length, according to Reynolds. 

"It's just an afternoon thing for three hours, and it works really well to basically get everyone in and show them what we've got. It's a very fast-paced fair, over before you know it."

Vendors at this year's fair include party rentals, DJ services, wedding cakes, catering, travel services, reception halls, photographers, bridal registry stores, videographers and dress shops.

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