View of a wedding ceremony

View of a wedding ceremony

The rush to the altar appears to be gaining momentum now that epidemic restrictions are being lifted. Virginia Charboneau, a wedding planner, claims that 2021 will be the busiest year for weddings she has ever seen. Charboneau is the owner of Timeless Memories, Kingston Wedding, and Event Providers. They can provide couples with anything from tables and chairs to tents for outdoor celebrations. 

“People have just been booking and booking in 2021. We’ve had people phoning and booking: ‘Can you put together my wedding in like 48 hours, 72 hours?’ “I’m getting married next week, and I need this, that, orbits and pieces,” explains Charboneau. According to Charboneau, the epidemic created a perfect storm for couples in the last year and a half. “They’re booking into 2022, 2023, and 2024, playing catch-up for individuals who couldn’t get married in 2021 or who pushed things off.” 

Paul Fortier, the proprietor of Renaissance Event Venue, has had a similar experience. Weddings and receptions are held at the venue. “We have several weddings that have been postponed well into the end of 2021 and even into 2022.” While Fortier is working with the backlog, he says new bookings aren’t pouring in as quickly. 

“There’s a reluctance to move indoors and have huge parties; We’ll get back to the way things were,” Fortier told Global Kingston. Charboneau is hesitant to predict long-term wedding trends but says smaller, less costly pop-up wedding events are pretty popular this year. Couples are becoming more flexible about when their wedding will occur in 2021 and beyond. 

They’re not only the usual Saturday weddings anymore; we now have them on Thursday, Tuesday, and Sunday, so they’re virtually every day of the week,” adds Charboneau. Charboneau also suggests that the couple consults with public health and municipal officials. That way, they ensure that all wedding arrangements comply with existing 2021 COVID-19 gathering guidelines. 

The Costs of Delay

Another Zola study found that couples who had to delay or have an extra ceremony incur more costs because they had to print fresh invites, for example, or pay for a photographer to capture an elopement last year and reception this year. “They are deciding to invest in the wedding of their dreams because they feel like they need it right now in 2021,” Forrest explained. Couples may have chosen that, following the extended halt of the epidemic and the significant slowdown in the wedding business, something different from their ceremony. However, many couples appear to take comfort in partying with as many loved ones as possible. Although this wedding season may be stressful for some guests and businesses, it reflects society’s desire to return to routine. 

Even though Lee, who is nonbinary, has their busiest wedding season ever, they said they are awaiting getting back to work as usual. Clients are ecstatic to tie the knot finally. Lee is overjoyed to be able to provide flowers to brides once more. “I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to deliver a bouquet to a bride this past Saturday,” Lee remarked. “She was sobbing; I was sobbing under my mask.”