Any woman who is organizing a wedding - be it the bride-to-be or just someone you know - knows the stress of planning "the big day."
Finding the perfect venue, disc jockey, the bride's dress, bridesmaids' dresses, tuxedo rentals, rings, location, officiants and other details can turn even the nicest of brides into a "bridezilla."
Well, ladies, Cindy Bergstrom has an answer to your prayers.
Bergstrom, who has been in the marketing industry with Cindy B. Consulting, and also in event planning with Cindy B. Wedding and Event Planning, launched lycomingcountyweddings.com and then re-launched the website in July 2010 as localweddingplanning.com.
Bergstrom began the website for extra income, but soon realized that there always will be a need for weddings - and the planning that goes with them.
"There are 1,600 marriage licences applied for from Mill Hall to Bloomsburg. No matter what the economy, weddings won't go away," Bergstrom said.
The website is a guide to planning a wedding within Lycoming, Clinton, Snyder, Union, Montour and Northumberland counties.
"As far as my site goes, I know there was no other website that you could go and get all the local information all in one place. This website offers everything local," Bergstrom said. "Brides don't really want to travel far for their wedding, so they are going to stay local."
There are 53 categories and counting on the website, including a link for instructions on name changing to a survival kit for brides on their wedding day. Bergstrom has been in the marketing business for 30 years, and event planning for 15, so she had many established contacts already available for her website.
"I started with people who I worked with for a long time," Bergstrom said, mentioning AAA, Nevill's Flowers and Premier Limos. She used her already established contacts, and the website just took off from there.
"It's grown tremendously, especially in the last year," Bergstrom said.
Now, vendors come to Bergstrom with ideas.
"People I wouldn't even think of featuring on the website call me," she said. "I've had people want to advertise for porta-potties. The bathrooms they have are nicer than some of the hotel bathrooms that people stay at!"
Bergstrom also participates in bridal expos and puts together packages with the businesses that advertise on her website.
"Times are kind of tough, so I have to think outside the box."
Bergstrom recently participated in the Bridal Expo at the Scottish Rite on Jan. 15. She also is participating in two other upcoming bridal expos, one in September at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg and one in May at Haywoods on the Water.
Some of the packages that Bergstrom has given away in 2011 included a three-night, all-inclusive stay in Punta Cana from AAA; hand-crafted wedding bands from John Hiras Designs; money toward a wedding dress from Amber Rose Bridal; flowers from Nevill's Flowers; four hours of DJ service from DJ Wheil and limousine service from Premier Limo.
"The packages are a big deal," Bergstrom said.
This year's winner from the Bridal Expo at the Scottish Rite on Jan. 15 won an $8,000 prize pack, including limo service from Premier Limo; four hours of a photo booth from Premier Photo Booth; a wedding dress from Amber Rose Bridal; flowers from Mystic Gardens Floral Studio; a cake from IcedCake Boutique; and lighting at the reception from Accent Lighting.
For more information, visit localweddingplanning.com.