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Nearly 600 couples say "I do" in Ward County every year.

Summer remains the most popular wedding season but local retailers say it's often during the holidays that the engagement question is asked.

As Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, the planning starts the same day.

The romance of the holidays will have many couples 'ringing' in a new year in a new way.

(Mary Keller, Mary Me Bridal) "Congratulations on the engagement! But get going on the planning immediately."

Over the years, Keller has noticed a business surge following the four major holidays between now and Valentine's Day.

(Mary Keller, Mary Me Bridal) "We really want brides to know that venues in the Minot area book up quickly, I feel like there's a little bit of a shortage of venues right now for the bigger weddings because we have so many more people in town. More people getting married."

(Tana Hamilton, Grand Hotel Wedding Coordinator) "We are almost completely booked already for all Saturdays and Fridays for June, July, August and all the way through September."

The Grand Hotel is celebrating 50 years of wedding planning, catering and decorating in four different ceremony and reception spaces.

(Tana Hamilton, Grand Hotel Wedding Coordinator) "I am actually booking into 2015 for the majority of the summer into 2015 is looking pretty full."

(Mandi Carroll, Mandi Carroll Photography) "Summers are busy in North Dakota. Next summer is almost full for weddings. I think a lot of people are realizing now that they might need to book their photographer before their venue."

(Mary Keller, Mary Me Bridal) "We recommend coming in to pick out the dress right away. The dress sets the tone for the wedding."

(James Lowe AIFD, Lowe's Floral & Garden Center) "The most important thing to know about planning a wedding is to choose a focus. Now, whether that focus is going to be your theme, whether that focus is going to be a budget amount, whether that focus is going to be a certain flower, the focus is the most important thing."

Lowe says his team is able to get a wedding together in as quickly as two weeks if necessary, but with all the options, three months is ideal.

(James Lowe AIFD, Lowe's Floral & Garden Center) "In terms of flowers there really isn't seasonality anymore. It used to be that you can only have tulips in the spring, you can only have roses in the summer, there really is no seasonality, per se. It's much like the produce aisle in the grocery store, if you want raspberries in January you can have them, just be willing to pay the sticker price for them."

It's versatility like that has some brides opting for the winter months.

(Alyx Pederson, November Bride) "Venues are already booked a year and a half in advance. Most brides have them booked already so if you have a short engagement, you need to look at off-season, like winter months."

While Alyx was married early November and able to model a dress for us, Lori Burbach's daughter is getting married Thanksgiving weekend.

Tradition dictates our bride remain a secret, but mother-of-the-bride has been a big part of the journey.

(Lori Burbach, November Mother-of-the-Bride) "The fall time has been great. After a busy, busy summer, you can go forward."

And most importantly, plan early to give yourself time to enjoy the engagement season.

(Alyx Pederson, November Bride) "It's not stressful if you plan accordingly and get things booked in advance."

Anything is possible, but preparedness has a nice ring to it on your special day.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Mary Me Bridal will be participating in Black Friday sales for the first time this year.

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