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brian korthals/Daily Globe In this file photo from February 2011, a bride escorts a flower girl down the runway aisle during the Daily Globe Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza.

WORTHINGTON -- Planning a wedding can be a mind-whirling adventure, with so many decisions to be made that brides and grooms can be overwhelmed.

Instead of being overwhelmed, make a plan to attend the Daily Globe's annual Bridal Fair & Prom Extravaganza on Saturday.

Vendor booths for photography, music, catering and more will open at 12:30 p.m. at the American Reformed Church on North Burlington Avenue.

Travel, make-up, gift items, boutique items and decorating idea booths will all be available.

To assist with several of the big decisions that will have to be made -- color and attire -- a bridal style show begins at 2 p.m., with a prom show at 3 p.m.

A wide selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride attire and flower girl dresses will all be making their way down the aisle, modeled by local women and girls.

According to Karla Boettcher, co-owner of Blue Box Bridal of Fairmont, there will be approximately 50 dresses for the bridal show and 25 for the prom show. This is the second year Blue Box Bridal has been involved in the outfitting of models for the style show.

"For weddings, lace is definitely regaining in popularity and so are sleeves, probably thanks to Kate Middleton," Boettcher said. "Strapless is still probably the most popular style we see. That sweetheart neckline is really sought after."

Wedding colors are as varied as the couples themselves, but Boettcher said they are still seeing a lot of people using eggplant, a rich purple tone, and black and fuchsia.

Charcoal gray is gaining in popularity, and fall weddings tend to lean toward earthy tones.

When it comes to prom gowns, styles and colors come in a wide array. Prints are still popular, Boettcher said, especially animal prints.

Of course, everyone has their own personal favorites.

"We are doing a section in the style show called Top Style, featuring the dresses most frequently asked about and tried on," Boettcher said. "Top Style also features favorites of our staff."

To accompany the lovely brides, bridesmaids and prom-goers down the runway aisle will be gentlemen in tuxedos, provided by The Stag Clothiers of Worthington and Windom, who handles rentals through Tip Top Tux.

"They have added 20 additional colors for vest and tie combinations," stated The Stag's Robyn Moser. "There are a lot of bright colors -- every color of the rainbow."

Tuxedos come in a large variety of styles, with notch, peak and shawl collars. Moser said tail coats aren't as popular these days, and most men are choosing Windsor ties over bow ties. Jackets aren't all the traditional black any longer -- charcoal grays and browns are gaining in popularity, as are tone-on-tone stripes.

"I really like the textures," Moser said. "It's not just the polyesters. New fabrics, and I love the colored vests and ties."

Flat-fitted pants are also making a comeback, instead of all pleated-fronts. Some couples are opting to go with suits instead of tuxedos. Suits can also be rented at The Stag, and includes shirt and tie rental.

Moser said the sooner a couple starts looking for their wedding attire, the better. Ample time to get ideas and get registered is always a good idea, and everything should be picked out and measured at least six weeks before the wedding. For those who have a wedding party scattered around the area, state or country, measurements can be faxed, emailed or even entered online.

"But they should always go somewhere and be measured," Moser warned. "Being fitted is the best way to assure the tuxedo will be sized correctly."

For young men getting ready for prom, sooner is also better than later. The longer a person waits, the more likely that choices will be limited.

"Get it done ahead of time and it's done," Moser reminded. "We have books and swatches, and often we have a lot of kids in here at one time. Some come with friends, some bring a parent. Whatever you feel most comfortable with."

The Stag not only has clothing and rentals -- it also preserves wedding dresses, carries garters and has a line of engravable gifts for groomsman and bridesmaids.

"We will have a lot of those things at our booth, and will also have a Tip Top Tux representative to answer any questions," Moser said.

Daily Globe Reporter Justine Wettschreck can be reached at