EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – May marks the start of the traditional wedding season. After a year of disruptions and adjustments, local businesses are confident about the coming season.
Many engaged couples had some tough decisions to make last year. Should they continue their wedding? Should they move?
There is still some uncertainty about this wedding season, but it will still be a year of celebration.
Rows of benches for family and friends, a bridge for a bride to walk down the aisle, and an archway – the place of a new union.
This is one of the outdoor wedding venues at Dixon’s Apple Orchard in Cadott.
After her business halved last year, owner Becky Mullane is ready for a new season.
“This year is just very exciting,” said Mullane. “We’re so excited. Our couples are very excited. I hear excitement beyond what I’ve heard before.
Last year Mullane hosted 30 weddings. Now she is expecting more than 70.
Upgrades made during the pandemic will be just as important this wedding season.
“Thankfully our venue is very spacious, very open,” said Mullane. “Those big doors open into the facility, so there is a level of comfort there that is really important. When COVID hit last year we actually buried ourselves in and made more outdoor seating. “
As with wedding venues, photographers expect more business in 2021.
Eau Claire-based photographer Dennis Steinke with Always Over The Top Photography typically shoots 20 to 25 weddings a year.
In 2020, he only had nine.
Although Steinke had less to do with couples, he said it could have been worse.
“I haven’t lost many weddings, but I know some vendors who have lost – a typical wedding season for them would be $ 100,000. and they made maybe $ 4,000 or $ 5,000, ”Steinke said.
Steinke said couples are still a little hesitant about booking their weddings because some providers may non-refundable deposits.
Despite some uncertainties remaining after last year, many couples are just willing to say I do.
Steinke said one of the biggest differences he’s seen over the past wedding season is the size of the weddings.
A wedding he photographed originally had 400 guests. This wedding was reduced to just 40.
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