YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — It’s that time of year again: Some lucky couples found themselves walking into 2023 engaged. For those who found a ring around their finger for the new year, a bridal show on Sunday helped them get started.
Evaline’s Bridal hosted a one-stop shop to get ready for the big day at the Covelli Centre. Doors opened at noon.
Bridal boutique owner Lori Dubasik said that for newly engaged couples, the event had everything they need to plan, ranging from dresses to venues.
“They could pretty much walk in here and plan their wedding today, that’s how many great vendors we are going to have here,” Dubasik said. “Everything is here.”
Some venues are booking out until 2025 — and not just for the ceremony.
“We’re getting a huge flow of brides not only for weddings but for bridal showers,” said Victoria Carpenter, event coordinator at Vineyards Pine Lake.
Others, like Waypoint 4180 in Canfield, are noticing lots of couples celebrating after postponing their weddings during the pandemic.
“We’re booking a lot of clients who have already gotten married maybe during COVID, or they go out of town for beach weddings and come back for a reception,” said Jenny Pratt, director of sales at Waypoint 4180.
Brides aren’t just saying “yes” to the dress — they’re also saying “yes” to the venue, makeup and photos, with many vendors saying they’re noticing more brides splurging.
“We’re selling more macarons for events than ever and especially for weddings, for cookie tables,” said Gabriele Barnhizer, owner of Bake Me Treats.
Despite rising costs, many vendors are noticing a “wedding boom.” Many vendors offer different packages and deals for budget-conscious brides.
Evaline’s even held a raffle for money toward a bride’s dress.
Photographer Erin O’Driscoll has been shooting weddings for six years. She said she offers different options for brides on a budget.
“It’s hard for a bride just starting out in their new life to just come in and throw down money,” O’Driscoll said.
But many of the show’s attendees said cost wasn’t stopping brides from planning for their perfect day.