Let’s face it. No matter how old you are, if you’re a female, there’s a part of you (for some of us it may be a little hidden) that happily dreams of the day you’ll get to walk down the great white aisle.

When this moment finally comes and that special someone pops the question, reality hits you like no other. Rather than riding off into the sunset free of worries as seen in most Disney flicks, it’s now time to start thinking about venues, color schemes, dress silhouettes and so on and so forth.

While the single girls of the world may swoon at the simple thought of such planning, as a bride-to-be I can tell you that as wonderful as all of that stuff sounds, it’s also one of the most stressful experiences on the planet. Let’s just say that the media didn’t coin the term ‘Bridezilla’ for nothing.

Future brides of the RGV, this one’s for you. Despite all the little details and headaches, you’ve got to admit, when you think of spending the rest of your life making your way through the world with your love by your side, all the stress doesn’t really seem to matter as much.

As cliché as it may sound, your wedding is your special day. Of all the days of your life, this is the one where you deserve to have your cake (preferably with buttercreme frosting and fondant flowers) and eat it too. For that reason, it’s important that you have time to take a breather and get the lowdown on all the amazing wedding resources here in the RGV!

Sit back and learn how these incredible local businesses can make your dream day a reality:

Wedding Planners

Between jobs, getting that wedding bod and pet parenting, let’s face it, there’s not a lot of time to build your dream wedding from the ground up. Luckily, the RGV is chockfull of wedding planning services that can be an invaluable asset as you get ready for your big day.

Bridal Trends Weddings– McAllen

A wedding and event planning firm based in the RGV. Whether you’re getting married locally or you’re having a destination wedding, Bridal Trends has got you covered.

Port A Beach Weddings– Port Aransas

Founded by Robyn McKinney, Port A Beach Weddings is the ultimate resource if you’re a bride set on getting hitched on Texas shores. From their custom packages to personal consultations, your day will certainly be unforgettable with their assistance.

Smiles in Paradise– South Padre Island

Serving both the RGV and Rudioso, New Mexico markets, Smiles in Paradise is definitely a force to be reckoned with. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding itself, they will be your guide down to every last detail of your wedding.

Social Situations– Harlingen

As a bride, there’s nothing you want more than to be heard. At Social Situations, it is their mission to create a custom wedding that will exceed your standards and meet your tastes. Specialized in being budget-friendly, Social Situations is definitely worth a try!

Wedding Vendor Resources

If attention-to-detail is your thing, then it’s highly likely that you’ll want to plan every single aspect of your big day. For the independent bride, there are endless resources online; however, finding sites that are tailored to the RGV are a dime a dozen. Thankfully, certain locals are aware of this and have made it their mission to make the lives of brides in the RGV more pleasant (think Wikipedia for RGV brides—cool, huh?).

The Valley Wedding Pages

Devoted to being a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs, The Valley Wedding Pages is an online resource that houses comprehensive info about local vendors. From the perfect orchids to the best bridal boutique, they’ve got your back.

My RGV Wedding

Going above and beyond, My RGV Wedding offers up info on everything from local photographers to dreamlike venues. If you’re in desperate need of some RGV Wedding guidance, you’ll want to check this site out ASAP.

Inspiration: Bridal Events

So, you might be wondering, is it too soon to try on dresses and stuff? The answer? There’s no such thing as ‘too soon.’ Backing up this theory, several bridal events will be happening in the near future in the RGV. Get ready, brides!

Sposa Mia Trunk Shows- Stella York

Sposa Mia Couture | North 10th Street 912, McAllen

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Test the field and quite possibly say yes to the dress!

2016 Bridal Event

Quinta Mazatlan | May 4th

For full details, click here.

As I’m sure you’ve heard before, it’s all about location, location, location. On May 4th, Head over to Quinta Mazatlan for an evening of endless inspiration while you catch up on the latest bridal trends.

No matter what constitutes your ‘dream wedding,’ don’t dismiss the endless amount of opportunity that surrounds you! Whether it’s a picturesque garden wedding or a killer DJ you’ve got your sights set on, you can definitely count on the RGV to make your big day one for the storybooks (but better because it’s real).