LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – One of the industries hardest hit during the pandemic was weddings.
Gatherings limited after many COVID restrictions, but now re-enacting the missed time.
Wedding vendors 10/11 Now spoke to say they have brides who call them seven days a week. Some brides had small receptions during the pandemic but can now have the big party they’ve been planning for years.
Brides like Heidi Drew and her husband Casey, who were planning a long engagement before the pandemic.
“It was pretty stressful in the beginning,” said Drew.
This planned, long engagement just got longer two weeks after their wedding day.
“When Governor Ricketts came out and said we couldn’t do dances at the reception,” Drew said. “I said it didn’t sound like much fun so we decided to postpone it.”
They were able to have a small wedding with just the family in the middle of the pandemic and are planning a bigger reception this weekend.
Fortunately, they were also able to get their suppliers to adapt. Something not all couples could.
It is a trend that wedding locations in the capital are also seeing.
“We see a lot of bigger events in the planning,” said Crystal Meister, facility manager in the pharmacy and Ridnour room. “Some in the range of 300 people that our largest venue can accommodate here .:
Master said that business has been picking up recently, but it is mainly attributed to what they didn’t have last year.
It looks good on paper, but a lot of it was postponements from last year, ”Master said. “So we’re just playing catching up to do with everything that has been postponed because of the pandemic.”
Heidi’s big reception was one of many that was postponed last year and now she’s looking forward to it this weekend, specifically for a moment.
“The only thing we couldn’t do when it was all crushed was the dance,” said Drew. “The father-daughter dance that means so much not only to me, but also to my father.”
The manager of The Ridnour Room said most days are already booked on the weekends.
She hopes wedding planning will go back to pre-pandemic routes by 2022.
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