One month before the new government guidelines come into effect, the venues are quickly booked out.
BUFFALO, NY – We know the pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in several ways over the past year. This includes thousands of couples who have postponed their weddings and newly engaged couples trying to plan.
Before Valentine’s Day, 2 On Your Side spoke to the owners of six local wedding venues. They say the holiday is always a popular weekend for engagements and they are preparing for an influx of calls from couples looking to book next week. There comes a time when the spots for this year and next are filling up quickly.
That’s because we’re a month away from New York State and up to 150 people can attend weddings, as long as they all test negative for Covid beforehand. The venues are still awaiting further logistical information from state and local health authorities about how the new guidelines will work. In the meantime, it means that many couples who postponed 2020 will finally have their weddings this year.
“We don’t have many dates at the Statler,” said Conor Hawkins, general manager of the Curtiss Hotel, which also hosts weddings in Statler City. “We have a few here at the Curtiss. We have some appointments available too, but obviously our busy days are very, very busy on Saturdays. Right now people are trying to fill up on the days off, including Sundays.”
At Classic Events, the owner and operator of the banquet rooms at Hotel Lafayette, at events in the foundry, at Acqua Banquets and at Sheas Seneca, President Molly Koessler’s calendar is constantly changing.
“I’ve had some that are still moving, I’ve moved their dates three times,” she told 2 On Your Side. “Some people have already married, others are thinking about backyard weddings, we are ready to cast weddings. We are still losing some weddings because brides just say, ‘I haven’t done it all stress, maybe I will in the future.” Then there are some who are canceling and some are rebooking for this year. So we hope we’re still busy. ”
Governor Cuomo recently lifted some wedding policies and now some local venues are filling up with bookings quickly. They share what’s left as we move into a different wedding season.
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