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Wedding Industry Lucrative For Small Businesses Just Find Your Niche

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 4/29/2011

The royal wedding has prompted many small businesses to reexamine the industry for opportunities.

While small business news is not the most obvious place to find connections to the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the event is shining a spotlight on the wedding industry which can be a lucrative one, especially for this sector.

Wedding Industry Lucrative

According to USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams, the total cost of weddings in America - minus those multi-million dollar extravaganzas - equates to between $70 billion and $80 billion annually, averaging to $24,070 per wedding.

However, small businesses looking to get into the industry shouldn't tackle the entire event. Instead, Abrams suggests going after one market niche, using her sister to illustrate her point.

"Be creative. For instance, my sister sells advertising specialty items. Weddings often involve a lot of imprinted items - glassware, gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen, napkins. She could create a part of her business focusing on this market alone," she explains.

And while U.S. small businesses may not be asked to help decorate Westminster Abbey any time soon, they can still benefit from such culturally significant moments by studying trends and preferences and replicating them for the masses.

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