As the temperature gets warmer and we enter into spring and summer, it's not only a signal for pool days and planting, it also means it's wedding season!
Destination weddings are a popular option for many brides, but in this recession some are finding they just can't afford to go overseas, so instead they're coming right here to Eastern Carolina.
Paying for a wedding can be expensive. But despite a tough economy many brides-to-be are still willing to dish out the money to have the wedding they always dreamed of.
According to wedding planner and owner of Bridal By The Sea Rachel Monroe, she's continued to see steady business. One of the reasons Monroe says her business has survived in a tough economy is because of her location. And that's because in an effort to stay on a budget many brides-to-be, like Jessica Paige, are skipping out on the expensive cost of going overseas and instead their traveling closer by to Eastern Carolina's Crystal Coast, which is more affordable.
Not only is it a popular destination, but publisher of Crystal Coast Bride Magazine Eric Haus says key things about a beach wedding can lead to a possible lower cost.
Haus says another big way to save money is to have your wedding at the same place you stay for your honeymoon. It's become so popular it's even coined a new phrase in the wedding industry, wedding moons.
But while Haus and Monroe say they've continued to see a steady flow of business they have seen some cutbacks because of the economy.
Haus says the beach isn't the only popular place to have a wedding in the crystal coast, there's a lot of people who go to venues like the North Carolina Aquarium and some go to Beaufort if they want something more historic.
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