Couples celebrate holiday with flowers, candy and marriage
Plenty of people are feeling the love in the Queen City this Valentine's Day. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells how they're sharing their affection and why it's a day some couples will never forget.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's a day for love to blossom and to make your sweetheart feel special.
"I'm buying chocolate-covered strawberries for my wife and some orange chocolate for her also. It's her favorite," said Adam Wichlacz.
Anthony Vuich said, "My wife does not like caramel, she likes soft creams; my oldest daughter, she likes dark chocolate, and my little daughter doesn't really care."
Between the candy, flowers, cards and other goodies, the National Retail Federation says Valentine's Day is one of the biggest gift-giving holidays. This year, total spending is expected to reach $18.6 billion.
And here in Buffalo, local businesses say Cupid's keeping them busy.
"Hundreds and hundreds of deliveries for the last several days, thousands and thousands of dozens of roses, and every other type of flower," said Maureen Bartley of Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market.
"It's been insane, it's just a lot of candy, very quickly. It's romantic, people enjoy candy and tiny gifts - not anything extravagant but nothing says I love you more than chocolate!" said Kathleen Rybarczyk of Fowler's Chocolates.
Shoppers we spoke with agree, it's not how much you spend but the thought that matters.
"It's just a way to show appreciation for her," said Wichlacz.
Several couples in love made this Valentine's Day one to remember at Buffalo City Hall. There were about a dozen sets of "I do"s said throughout the day.
"Just looking back at this day on Valentine's Day is going to be special and just all the love and stuff is going to make it even more special," said Kiomarelis Green, a newlywed.
"It makes it way more special. Valentine's day, I mean, it's the day of the lovers," said Melissa DuBois, another newlywed.
And tying the knot on February 14 should make it easy for these couples to remember their anniversary in years to come.