As the calendar turns over into a new year, it’s no surprise to see a future bride-to-be get the itch to start planning for their big day.
After a holiday season that often results in proposals and engagements for couples, area business owners are beginning to notice a trend of more people diving right into planning for their wedding with a summer wedding sometimes only six months away.
That makes events like Sunday’s Greater Kokomo Bridal Gala all the more important for local couples planning their wedding for a wedding season only a few months away.
Kokomo resident Ashley Bogue got engaged in September and plans on getting married May 10, giving her eight months to nail down all of the important details.
Bogue isn’t fretting the smaller time frame, however, by keeping the wedding planning simple.
“I’m ahead of the game,” she said. “Luckily we wanted to go simple and just make it all about family. So there isn’t a lot of planning needed for that. We’re not really specific on everything we need, so we’re letting people do their own thing and contribute what they want.”
Sunday’s gala displayed 35 area businesses, which provide service of every aspect of a wedding imaginable. Cake decorators, photographers, venue managers, caterers, photo booths vendors, videographers, DJs, wedding planners, and dress and tux shop representatives were among the many on hand to offer their services and advice to future brides.
January is the ideal time to be planning a wedding for brides, but also business owners, said Sandra Tossou, owner of Dreams to Reality, which specializes in birthday and wedding cakes.
Tossou said her appointment book for wedding season begins to fill up around this time of year, with 24 weddings already scheduled for this summer. That makes the January gala an important time to fill in any open dates.