If you just said “yes” to a proposal, be prepared for many vendors and venues to say “no” to you when planning the wedding.
With a backlog of pandemic weddings, many local businesses are booking even faster than usual, and they’re trying to keep up with demand.
Brianna Collins got engaged to her fiancé, Jake Mazza, in May 2021. The couple are getting married in Boston this summer, but planning began just days after their engagement.
“We ended up having to book our venue a week or two after our engagement. It was over a year, but there were only a few dates left,” Collins said.
Booking the vendors was another scramble for the couple.
“Hair and makeup was really difficult. I think I met five or six people who were already booked and every time we found a vendor we were told other people were waiting for the spot. was aggressive to say the least,” Collins said.
Collins is far from alone. With a backlog from the pandemic, local companies in the industry say they are seeing a wedding boom like never before.
“At this point, I’m just maxed out. There are no more days left,” said Erika Planer of Lady Luxe Beauty.
Planer, a wedding hairdresser, is already fully booked for 2022. She is about to book for 2023.
“I’m still getting over 20 emails a day for 2022 alone, even though I put ‘full’ on my website on my Instagram,” she said. “My demand has, I would say, tripled.”
The sites also feel the pinch.
“We’re pretty much sold out. People are ready to party,” said Ron Porzio, vice president of operations for Saphire Event Group.
With three venues, including one at Walpole, they are gearing up for their busiest season ever. They are also seeing more couples booking weekday weddings.
“We’re definitely seeing more Thursdays. It’s a great night to book because the prices are lower,” Porzio said.
The Herb Lyceum in Groton is recruiting staff. The venue has become extremely popular for micro-weddings during the pandemic, but now the groups are getting bigger.
“This year we’ve seen it grow from groups of 30 to 50 all the way up to about 150. I think people feel a little more comfortable,” said Ryan Quigley, general manager of operations at Herb Lyceum. .
Wedding planners say the best advice is to book early, but be aware that food prices have gone up. Hotel blocks are hard to find due to increased demand for all events. Supply chain issues also made some decoration choices difficult.
“We really try to change design plans on the fly,” said Blair Mitcham of BAM Events. “At the end of the day, be patient, but don’t settle. This is your day.”
Do’s never end, but Collins said she can’t wait to say “yes” when it’s over.
“Adding in supply chain issues and demand, there’s a lot of unpredictability,” she said. “There are some things we won’t know 100% until the week of.”