News 12 @ 11 o'clock -- January 18, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Georgia bridal show offers everything for the bride to be from fashion to flowers and everything needed for the big day. But with the current economy, vendors are seeing less business and more budgets.
"Business has slowed down quite a bit considering our economic environment," said Brook Facey.
Photographer Brook Facey says he used to be booked every Saturday for a wedding, but that's no longer the case.
"I think people are holding off on getting married and when they do get married, you'll find more people aren't hiring professionals, they'll just have a relative to do their pictures," said Brook.
And while the sales have slowed for pictures, other vendors have found a way to help these brides in need.
"I started getting calls from brides saying, 'Jack we can't afford to finish our wedding', and I just said this is enough. Enough is enough," said Jack Rallo.
Jack Rallo owns the Higdon house and changed his prices to become recession proof, offering brides everything they need from the cake to the DJ for one low price.
"They're still going to have their beautiful wedding at a fraction of the cost," said Jack.
Lee Ann Myers agrees, she's a one stop shop at Red Oak Manor in Harlem, Georgia.
"Being the complete package, the one stop shop, we can offer a better deal than when you're getting your piece mealing from here and there," said Lee Ann Myers.
And now that some brides are cutting back, these businesses are still finding a way to help their customers cut extra corners.
"There's a way to have your prefect day even in a downturn economy. There are ways, things you can do yourself, put a little time into it instead of money," said Lee Ann.
Brook says one thing's for sure, with brides taking their own pictures to save money, they're not the only ones being affected by the economy.
"Definitely a change. It's a mini-recession, if not, a mini-depression and when i talk with others in the business, it's all affecting us in the same way," said Brook.
Local travel agencies say they've seen an increase in sales. They say even if people are cutting back they're still willing to pay the price to get away from it all.