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Marriage Madness Across America Has Wedding Costs Soaring

The flood of pandemic-delayed nuptials has triggered a rush on everything from tuxedos to wedding gowns. Guess what that means for prices.

Wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan.

Wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan.

Photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand for Kleinfeld Bridal

Last week, Kate Zhang snapped up a wedding dress at a bridal store in Manhattan. It was only her second appointment.

Her decision to get married was slightly less hurried. Zhang and her fiancé, Harrison Li, agreed to tie the knot the weekend before. Granted, they had waited more than a year because of the pandemic, but this summer seemed like a window of opportunity to finally take the plunge. Now that they’ve chosen to move ahead, they’re going to wait just a month before taking their vows.