HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Is the bride coming? Thousands of them, more likely.
The wedding season is in full swing and this year couples, event planners and location staff have their hands full more than ever.
“I could probably think a little emotionally about getting everyone back together after last year has been so crazy,” said the bride-to-be, Kara Smith.
Kara Smith and her fiancé Jabari Temple are among the many couples to tie the knot this year. (WAFF)
Kara Smith lives in Florence and is preparing to walk down the aisle this Saturday. But not all couples in northern Alabama were able to book a Saturday wedding.
“It’s not even just the weekends now. We have weddings on Mondays and Wednesdays, ”said Caroline Buncick.
Burritt on the Mountain Development Director Caroline Buncick says more people are also accepting this invitation.
“About 60 percent of the people you send invitations to actually come. Well that went out the window. Now 90 percent of the people you send invitations to are at your wedding, ”she explained.
According to Carlee Koehler, CEO of Huntsville Event Planner, the rush to get out and party causes panic among some couples.
“Someone might have a favorite caterer or photographer they really wanted to work with and who is now fully booked. But because you want to get married so eagerly, you book a photographer who doesn’t have that much experience and it will lead to problems in the end, ”said Köhler.
“It’s such an important day to take your time and get it right, so I think it’s worth taking a little slower,” she said.
But Köhler’s team can help plan weddings in no time.
“We just booked a customer yesterday who is going to retire for three months. She came to us because she found that many of the providers she wanted to work with were booked and wanted to rely on a professional, ”said Köhler.
And Smith’s advice: find a place where you don’t have to worry on your big day.
“You have a planner and a director and a caterer and a hairdresser, like the whole nine meters. If I had to be the middleman for all of these other vendors, it would be a lot more stressful. I can’t even imagine doing it that way, ”said Smith.
For Smith and her fiancé, the opportunity to celebrate their wedding this Saturday has an added meaning. She says they chose June 12 because that day the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage for the country.
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