Brides are not only saying, “Yes” to the dress, but now to a firm date for tying the knot.
The business of getting hitched is – like most businesses – finding an uptick with the increasing vaccinations.
A Fox Business story found vendors of marital bliss all over the country willing and eager to consult with couples and make it happen. These wedding industry experts talked about the practical proof and the road forward.
Katie Zeim, a senior catering sales executive at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg (Fla.) Resort & Golf Club told Fox Business that her state has added benefits.
“Couples are looking to host their weddings at a location with good weather for an outdoor event or in a state with less restrictions where guests can mingle and dance,” Zeim said.
The businesses themselves are seeing more clients simply because those couples are significantly able to breathe easier following a troubling 2020.
“After a dismal 2020 (most of our couples postponed until 2021), we’ll host 50+ events this year,” Michelle Faulkner, co-owner of The Barn at Bradstreet Farm, wrote to Fox. “Inquiries have picked up dramatically since vaccines became available … . Our clients originally booked for 2020 were so unbelievably stressed, and many were putting other life plans – like buying houses, and having babies – on hold until after their weddings. It was so difficult for them.”
There’s evidence that these don’t need to be small gatherings, with Zeim saying she found a “strong amount” of bookings at 150 guests and more.
And in Texas, Jason Alexander Rubio, co-owner of Austin’s Best Wedding DJs & Photo Booths, said he’s seeing plans for 150-300 people frequently, similar to 2019.
“We can hardly keep up with the inquiries,” Alexander Rubio told Fox Business.