"People in love are always going to get married," said Chad Amrhein, general manager of Amrhein's Brides, Formals and Fine Jewelry in Roanoke County.
"They may cut back on their spending, but the business itself is always there."
sales for engagement rings have stayed about the same in the last four years, while wedding band sales have increased slightly.
The Rev. Karen Sue Osborne, an interfaith wedding officiant for-hire from Floyd, is impressed with the number of wedding inquiries she's
had since Thanksgiving, she
business, Ceremonies for All, has grown every year since she
began officiating in 2006.
Fifteen couples have scheduled ceremonies with her
for 2010, and another 15 have inquired, she
said, with most couples finding her
online or through referrals.
Last year she
had two couples booked by January.
"Love is in the air, I'd like to think," she
Still, the wedding business isn't enough to be her
sole source of income, and she
continues to run a bed and breakfast, fitness center and massage service.