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Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Between touring venues, finding your dress, tasting cakes and shooting engagement photos, brides need all the organization and streamlining they can get.

A great way to get tons of wedding-planning resources and browse vendors in one spot is by attending a bridal show. Fortunately, the Atlanta area has multiple shows throughout the year, and most of them are relatively affordable to attend and can spark your inspiration in ways that combing the internet just can’t.

The Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is happening this Sunday, Jan. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are just $10 online and will grant you access to hundreds of vendors including bakeries, florists, jewelers and photographers. Venue owners are on-site with pricing information, and are ready to set up appointments to tour their facilities. Many vendors offer discounted rates on their products if you purchase at the show, and there are plenty of chances to win prizes.

After the show, create a binder featuring the finds you really like. It’s amazing how relaxed you’ll feel once you catalog your discoveries.

Trunk shows are another great opportunity not to be missed. Brides can preview the latest styles in bridal couture. Trunk shows can give your sense of style a direction in choosing your perfect gown. The Anne Barge Trunk Show at Guffey’s Formal Studio will be held Friday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brides will get a first look at the brand new 2012 spring line. Appointments must be made by phone.

Bridal shows and trunk shows can really give you the motivation, ideas and directions you need to plan the biggest day of your life!