NEW YORK — The wedding bells were muted at last week’s bridal trade shows, overwhelmed by consumer and buyer concerns over war, terrorism, travel and the economy.

While the fall edition traditionally is not as important as the spring collections in October, both retailers and exhibitors were unsettled by the lack of commerce in a category that had been seen as bucking the downturn. In the last year or so, designer houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Badgley Mischka have signed bridal licensing deals, adding cachet to the category.

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