RALEIGH — The economy has presented some hurdles for bride-to-be Jamie Bafaro.
Her fiancé lost his job and had to take another for a smaller salary, forcing some wedding adjustments.
"The pay cut changed things," said Bafaro, who lives in Raleigh. "We might even register for our honeymoon, or even string it out and push it back further. But we couldn't even think about it before now."
The Triangle - which produces platoons of college graduates and is a magnet for young singles from elsewhere - is fertile ground for wedding businesses. But the market for big weddings softened with the recession.
In 2009, there were 5,603 marriage licenses issued in Wake County, the region's biggest county. The total - down 4 percent from 2008 - was the first decline since 2000, according to data from the Wake County Register of Deeds.
Couples scaled back, delayed and - in some cases - canceled plans.
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