MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A mad rush to get married after couples postponed their weddings during the pandemic continues.
Wedding venue managers said some couples are booking in two years.
As the White House resumes Covid briefings again, people in the wedding industry say many couples are looking to wed before Covid, or something else, gets in the way again.
“We’ve booked, this month alone, probably about double what we’ve booked at this time. Our calendar for 2023 is filling up very quickly,” said Kim Ash, event sales manager at the hotel. Delafield.
Ash said they’re booking two right now, some even for off-season dates.
“Which we don’t normally open that early for our 2024 dates, but this year we are,” Ash said.
Wedding planners, like Roxanne Larson with Abrosia Events in Milwaukee, said some people are still postponing their weddings as Covid cases rise again, but that could push back their big day even further.
“I think people are holding back and what they don’t realize is those who don’t hold back, it’s like first come, first served,” Larson said.
Larson said things like photography, hair and makeup are booked well in advance.
Couples hire her to sort out the fine details and insurance so that if plans change, there won’t be any additional charges.
“You don’t want someone at your reception to come tap you on the shoulder, as a new bride or groom, and say hey, we’re having trouble,” Larson said.
Ash said they are doing what they can for people booking less than six months.
“But they’re struggling to find dresses and we’re helping them find vendors, so they might not get their dream dress, but we’re definitely helping them work and find the vendors they need. “, said Ash.
Ash said last year they had booked a historic number of weddings due to a Covid-related postponement.