Americans are getting married in big numbers again now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. The marriage rate saw a drop due to COVID, as couples were putting off
tying the knot. But they're saying "I do" now.

According to market research company Wedding Report, the rate of new marriages last year was the highest it's been in three years, and the trend is expected to continue this year. In fact, every state, except North Dakota, saw a huge spike in the number of marriages in the past year. The states which saw the highest marriage rate -- that is the number of new marriages per 1,000 people -- were Nevada (26.2), Hawaii (12.8), and Montana (11).

If you're planning a wedding for 2023, you'll want to check out Vocella's upcoming Bridal Expo and Guide. The expo will be on Saturday, March 11th from Noon to 5:00pm and Sunday, March 12th from Noon to 3:00pm at the Old Armory at 320 1st Avenue East in Williston. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. The event is FREE for brides!

Brides-to-be will have access to local wedding professionals for two days. Everything  needed to make the big day perfect. Catering, cakes, photographers, rentals, florists, DJ's, planners, spa's/massage therapists, hair/makeup artists, venues and more. Plus, you could be saying "Yes" to the dress. There will be deeply discounted wedding dresses available for purchase.

There's a lot that goes into planning a wedding, so be sure to grab your free copy of the Vocella Bridal Guide. It's a glossy, full color pocket magazine. It's not necessarily dated, so it can be used year round. It will have frequently asked questions,. And you'll have a quick reference guide that will include a list of venues, caterers, DJ's, hotels, officiants and more, along with the vendors attending the Bridal Expo. Anything wedding related will be in the Bridal Guide.

It's been at least four years since the last bridal show in our area. Covid caused many wedding related businesses to close. But people are starting to gather and have formal events again. The Bridal Expo and Guide highlights all the great things that Williston has to offer. There are ways to make your wedding a really great celebration here in town. This event will make you realize what is out there.


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