EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The day after Valentine’s Day marks the beginning of a very busy period in the wedding industry.
The winter holidays right up to Valentine’s Day are the most popular time for that special someone to get on one knee.
But after engagement season ends, it’s a different story.
“It's pretty chaotic around here when there’s a large party coming in especially with bridesmaids and stuff like that. Our traffic season for purchasing is usually the beginning part of the year so January through May and June through the end of the year is when a lot of the weddings are happening,” said owner of the Bridal Shoppe in Eau Claire, Shannon Lindquist.
Kristy Komro of Durand just got engaged on Valentine’s Day.
“He came over to me and brought me some roses and a card and stuff and gave me a kiss and then he just disappeared,” said Komro who didn’t expect a proposal that day."He got on one knee and he said, ‘will you marry me?’ You're my best friend and I love you so much and I’m so glad that I met you and I opened it up and he put it on my finger and we kissed and he said lets go out for supper and celebrate,” said Komro. “It hasn’t sunk in at all. I’m just in awe.”
The bride-to-be is now just a day-in on planning her big day.
"I’m very excited about getting to planning those things you know, colors and stuff and where to have it and getting his family involved and mine and stuff,” said Komro who met her fiancé nearly 15-years-ago.
Lindquist said if a bride is engaged on Valentine’s Day, the earliest they should plan for a wedding is fall of 2013. But typically, a year in advanced is recommended and planning should happen right away.
As for Komro and her husband-to-be, they want to get married in the spring time in in 2014 or 2015 which gives them plenty of time to budget and time.
Lindquist said the average wedding now costs $22,000 so the earlier planning and budgeting begins the better.
And with social media and technology like Pinterest and TheKnot.com, most brides come in to the Bridal Shoppe with a vision.
“If a bride has a vision at least then we can know what her vision is so we start there,” said Lindquist. “Every wedding dress is different so you could have an informal wedding and still have a beautiful wedding.”