“Having a show in January is important because a lot of your brides are getting engaged during the [holiday] months leading up to the beginning of the year,” she said. “I think it gives brides a chance to see what is offered in their area.
“We fill up very quickly during the wedding season, so we have a lot of brides that plan ahead,” she added. “January and February are big months as far as bringing people in for a tasting.”
Tossou said she has seen an increased amount of future brides planning their special day with less time in advance. As far as planning goes, Tossou maintains there are simply two types of brides when it coming to wedding planning.
“You really have two types of brides,” she said. “You have the one bride that has been dreaming about their big day forever. They’ve been doing the pre-planning and all of the details in the first two months after being engaged.
“The other bride is a little more laid back,” she added. “They’re coming to you two or three months in advance.”
Katie Olsen considers herself to be the former of that description. She got engaged in May, leaving her around 14 months to plan for the Aug. 9 wedding.
Sunday’s gala gave her the opportunity to go over some of the details of the wedding and collaborate with experts in making some of her final preparations.
“I was just hoping to make connections with people that have more ideas than I do right now,” she said, adding that she was interested in learning more about flower arrangements and a photo booth for her wedding.
“With more time, it’s easier to [plan] without as much stress,” she added. “The most time I’ve spent on is the guest list, because we don’t want to leave anybody out. As long as everybody that matters to us got invited, that’s what means the most to us.”