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For better or for worse: It’s June. How’s the bridal business?
By Sam Boykin Love and romance were in the air and money was flowing like champagne in 2007, when the average cost of U.S. weddings peaked at an all-time high of about $28,000, according to The Wedding Report, Inc., which tracks industry trends. And Charlottean Kristin Vining, owner of Weddings and the City, loved every minute of it. Vining launched her wedding planning company in 2004 and was soon riding high as spend-happy couples shelled out big bucks to tie the knot. In fact, Vining said, the average price of a Charlotte wedding in 2007 was nearly double the national average. At the high end, Vining helped put together a May 2007 wedding at The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville that was “well into the six figures,” she said, including more than $30,000 for food and beverages and $30,000 for the venue design and decoration. About nine months earlier she was responsible for planning an even more lavish wedding at Founders Hall in Uptown at which the couple spent over $45,000 on food and beverages, $15,000 on flowers and $10,000 for a band.