The Gautier formal wear shop, "A Formal Affair," could just change its name to "A Wedding Affair."
That's because since October, owner Carl Edwards says the number of people getting married and needing clothing to celebrate has skyrocketed.
"I think this is the most weddings I've ever had," Edwards says.
For Etta Saxton at "The Flower Patch," it's the same scenario.
"We have seen an increase. I'd say at least like a 25-percent increase in smaller weddings and normal size weddings as well," Saxton says.
The marriage boom isn't just a phenomenon in stores. The Jackson County Courthouse has paperwork to back it up.
Since November, the number of marriage licenses in the county have almost doubled. For example, last month 70 couple got married in the county. Pre-Katrina, the average was 30 to 40 a month.
So what's caused South Mississippians to want to dive into marriage just months after a raging storm?
"I think there's been a closeness of couples and they just want to be together," Saxton says.
"I think it is that I appreciate you more now because you've helped me out, you've helped my family out. I think that's the basic. They're really in love with each other," Edwards says.
Business owners like Edwards and Saxton don't mind the wedding boom. Not only is it good for their business, it's also good for their spirits.
"We have seen a lot of sadness and when the bride and groom come in, it puts you in a different mood. It's exciting," Saxton says.
By Jaimee Goad
Alberto is forecast to become a fully tropical storm Saturday and then will move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.More >>
Gulf Islands National Seashore is shutting down ahead of any potential thunderstorms associated with Alberto.More >>
Traffic is at standstill right now on the Popps Ferry Bridge in Biloxi. Authorities say the crossing bars at the bridge's span are stuck in the down position, preventing traffic from flowing.More >>
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and hundreds of people spent their Saturday morning honoring the men and women who have died in service to our country.More >>
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves toward the state's coast. In a tweet Saturday, Bryant said he signed a proclamation declaring the emergency and an order making the Mississippi National Guard and other state resources available should they become necessary. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shifts the storm farther east with a potential landfall near the Alabama-Florida state line. ___ 10:40 a.m....More >>
It's every mother's worst nightmare. On Thursday, April 12, Shawn Winkler shot himself in the head in the garage of his Leland family home. He died three days later at 30 years old.More >>
An unwelcome visitor was cause for some tense moments and quick action in the King household Saturday morning. Krystal King says it was about 7 a.m. when Stephen, her oldest son, came into his parents' room to notify them about the "big snake in the bathroom."More >>
The Richmond Police Department released body camera and surveillance camera footage on Friday of the shooting death of Marcus-David Peters.More >>
Beating the odds. It's the inspiring story of a 3-year-old Mississippi girl who doctors thought would never survive an awful diagnosis.More >>
Najib Anek says that when he bit into his sandwich, the fingernail was lodged inside the sandwich about half way through.More >>