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Football Fans Making Plans for SEC Tailgates In Aggieland, Brides-To-Be Affected By The Hype Too

Momentum continues to build in Aggieland as Texas A&M is just a few short days away from their highly publicized switch to the Southeastern Conference.

That switch is already impacting party planners and even brides-to-be, even though football season is still more than two months away.

Ashley Haneklaus' special day is less than three months away.

"It happens to be our fifth anniversary," she explained on choosing her wedding date.

This Aggie's been planning her wedding since February and ran into trouble when they decided to tie the knot in College Station during the most anticipated Texas A&M Football season maybe ever.

"We shifted to Sunday for that reason and during the planning we realized that it was to be announced and we didn't know our opponent yet," recalled Haneklaus.

That opponent will be South Carolina State September 22nd and her guests are paying a $100 a night premium with a two night minimum stay.

Tens of thousands of SEC fans are expected to be here throughout the season too.

By far the wildest weekend expected this fall will be October 20th, when LSU invades Aggieland.

"Whenever you think about the SEC you think about the big tailgates... So I think that a lot of Aggies are trying to definitely bring their A game this football season," said Lacey Baze, who owns Details Party Rental in College Station.

Calls started coming in May for tailgate and football party rentals.

Several have already booked for the entire season.

"We're also getting a lot of calls from other SEC Teams like LSU fans, Arkansas fans so Aggies better get their stuff reserved soon or everything could be gone," said Baze.

"I personally got really lucky with my timing," said Haneklaus.

Staying in town while others are leaving town for their weddings all because of the frenzy coming this fall football season.

The Bryan - College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau tell us most of the area hotels sold out within three hours the dates of the Florida and LSU games were announced.

Texas A&M joins the Southeastern Conference July 1st.


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