SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The Sioux Empire Wedding Network hosted its second wedding showcase of the year on Sunday. Vendors across the state set up kiosks.
“2021, and I’m sure a lot of wedding vendors will tell you this, it’s like a double year because we’ve had a lot of rescheduling from 2020 to 2021,” said Ashley Anderson, senior event planner at Jane. Ray Events.
Anderson said his company had to hire additional planners and interns to keep up with the workload.
“I can tell you that people are ready to party in 2021. So yes, everything has been bigger, more exaggerated. Like, the number of guests has been huge. I think people are just ready to come back there, ”Anderson said.
Jordan Van Zee owns a wedding video company. He said he has seen an increase in inquiries from businesses since the fall.
“I noticed I was getting a lot more messages and stuff like that. And I feel like, you know, the wedding industry is kind of picking up now, ”Van Zee said.
One problem was realigning all the dates.
“Obviously we want people to have the best experience. And so if that means having a weird day, I mean we had weddings on Thursday, we had weddings on Sunday. I mean people sort of take whatever they can get, ”said Darnell Pitts, wedding host.
At the event, we spoke with the brides who have upcoming weddings.
“I just can’t wait to see the whole family and reunite because COVID kind of shut it down,” bride Bailey Richter said.
“I don’t think there were really any major issues in, you know, planning our wedding, and you know when the day will come,” said bride Sarah Rahn. “You just know you can talk to our suppliers and go see them, and you just don’t know a lot of restrictions. So he’s always been able to do this whole process as he would have been, I imagine before COVID. “