Brides still spending

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While a lot of people are watching their dollars and cents these days one large group is still spending!  Brides are preparing now for their spring and summer weddings.  Many got their shopping started Saturday at the Bridal Expo.

"Brides have a budget most of the time and they seem to have more of a budget now than they used to," said Jessica's Bridal and Formal owner Jessica Southard.

Bride to be Rachel Dunigan is planning an August wedding.  She said sticking to a budget can be difficult.

"Lets just say I went a little bit over budget on my wedding dress," said Dunigan.

"The number in their head they'll go over that $50 mark maybe but they're really setting a budget," said Southard.

Many of the vendors at the expo say the past couple of years have not been that bad for the bridal industry.  They say it's an industry that will always be supported by their clients and their families.

"Parents and mothers will go out of their way help but they just think about it a little more and try to budget a little bit more," said Southard.

"They do look at the prices but they do want a good quality picture," said Timeless Photography owner Debbie Rose.

Dunigan said her wedding is more expensive than she thought it would be.

"A whole lot more.  All of the small things just add up fast," said Dunigan.

Many brides are cutting back where they can.

"I have so many people who are contributing.  My cousin's husband is going to be my caterer and that's what's helped me out," said Dunigan.

"Instead of a full dinner we're going to do a little cocktail party for the reception with just finger foods.  That will help save money and anything I can do myself," said bride Echo Gunter.

At the same time all of the brides want the day they've dreamed of their entire lives.

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