June is the most popular month for weddings.
According to a survey by The Knot, which surveyed nearly 16,000 U.S. brides and grooms married in 2014, 15 percent of weddings in the happen in June.
For last-minute weddings, that would make March one of the busiest planning months. Of course with an average engagement time of 14 months, it could be a good time to plan a June 2017 wedding too.
The WCOS Lexington Bridal Expo gives brides a one-stop shopping opportunity, whether it’s last-minute or advance planning. It’s being held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Doubletree by Hilton at 2100 Bush River Road.
“The WCOS Lexington Bridal Expo takes the hassle away from planning a wedding by offering brides-to-be with a variety of weddings professionals,” said Angela Koska of Koska Productions, show producer and local photographer.
More than 50 wedding companies will be available, including vendors for bridal gowns, tuxedos, photography, music, wedding cakes, flowers, honeymoons, wedding planners and caterers.
Weddings are big business and getting bigger. According to The Knot survey, the average cost of a wedding is $31,213.
At the Expo, brides, and their companions, can sample cakes and listen to music DJs offer. Some brides bring their fiancés, while others bring their mothers and attendants.
Koska offers these tips for making it a productive afternoon:
▪ Bring paper and pen to take notes, a re-useable shopping bag to collect brochures and business cards and a stapler to keep it all together
▪ Bring a checkbook and/or credit card so you can book a service immediately if you choose.
▪ Vendors will ask you to register for door prizes, so you may want to bring labels with your name, wedding date, phone number and email address to use, or business cards with that information.
▪ If you don’t want to be deluged with promotional emails and newsletters on your personal email, you can create a free email address just for wedding vendors. Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo offer these accounts.
“Have a plan,” Koska said. “Decide which types of vendors you are still searching for and visit their booths first. Plan on placing your deposit and confirming wedding pros for your dream wedding as their calendars fill up quickly.
“Finally, have a great time planning the wedding of your dreams.”
Brides, along with their friends and family, can buy tickets at the door for $12.
Lezlie Patterson, Special to The State