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Idaho Marriages Lowest In 60 Years

Danielle Owens walks through a display of wedding dress Friday at Storybook Bridal in Coeur d'Alene as she begins her wedding planning consultation with Cameo Events. (Jerome Pollos/press)
Danielle Owens walks through a display of wedding dress Friday at Storybook Bridal in Coeur d'Alene as she begins her wedding planning consultation with Cameo Events. (Jerome Pollos/press)

Danielle Owens walks through a display of wedding dress Friday at Storybook Bridal in Coeur d'Alene as she begins her wedding planning consultation with Cameo Events. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Glamorous, reality-TV-caliber weddings aren't packing the books like they used to at Storybook Bridal, said owner Misty Ceriello. Where ecstatic girls were dumping $20,000 to $40,000 planning their big day five years ago, budgets are now scaled back to $500 and under, Ceriello said. And some couples just aren't bothering at all. "I've definitely seen a slow down," Ceriello said of girls squeezing into wedding dresses at her shop. "I was blaming it on the black bridal market, how brides can order dresses overseas." It might be something else. In 2011, Idaho's rate of marriage slid to 8.6 per 1,000 people, the lowest it has been in 60 years, according to the Idaho Vital Statistics Report/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How much would you be willing to pay for a wedding for your daughter?




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