Sep 18, 2012 09:44 AM WV State of Mind
Uncover West Virginia's best-kept secrets
Wedding Bells Are Ringing
I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings lately since we head to the beautiful Snowshoe Mountain Resort this week for our three-day WV WEDDINGS Extravaganza (September 21 to 23). When I decided to launch WV LIVING, I knew I’d have a wedding issue. I knew that, nationally, brides buy more than 7.5 million bridal magazines every year, and I knew that the wedding industry is a $60 billion annual industry.
I also felt that the wedding industry in West Virginia was untapped and loaded with potential. Brides canvas the entire state and region, looking for the perfect venue, creative cake, or fabulous florist. They may be from Beckley, but they’ll travel to Parkersburg looking for the perfect gown. Brides from Elkins hire photographers from Wheeling. A couple that first met in Charleston choose to marry in Harpers Ferry. And folks from around the country with no ties to the state are looking for unique wedding destinations in the mountains.
I was recently in line behind two elderly women—they must have been in their 80s. One had just picked up a copy of WV WEDDINGS Magazine. The other was saying, “Ethel, why in God’s name are you buying a wedding magazine?” And Ethel said, “Well, I’m not planning a wedding, but oh, I just love this issue. It’s a travelogue through the state—and the state never looked better.” I like that.
WV WEDDINGS showcases real West Virginia weddings in some of the state's most beautiful venues—from farms to resorts to restaurants to state parks. And it showcases our beautiful people—brides of all shapes and sizes with all types of budgets, who all find a home in the pages of WV WEDDINGS. This weekend, we will be holding our first WV WEDDINGS Extravaganza at Snowshoe Mountain—a three-day wedding event in a vintage carnival theme with informative wedding planning sessions, DIY classes, a vendor expo component, and an over-the-top fashion show. I hope you've made plans to join us!