Wedding industry getting closer to returning to pre-pandemic ways

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -After a year like no other, couples put saying “I Do” on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the wedding industry is seeing these couples return.

“It was a tough year, I would assume for all venues across the country. More importantly, we had the restrictions and limitations on size and subsequently, I spent most of my year rescheduling weddings versus hosting the weddings,” said Charles Walsh, the owner of Wolcott Galleria, a wedding venue in Casper.

Wolcott Galleria usually holds 30 to 35 weddings per year at their downtown location. During 2020, that number went down to ten weddings.

Since the start of this new year, Walsh says many more people have been eager to have their dream weddings back, but numbers still are not what they were pre-pandemic.

“We’re seeing improvement in our numbers but I still believe that there’s caution in terms of booking so far in advance. We normally book, before the pandemic, we were booking two years in advance and we’re not seeing two years in advance booking right now,” said Walsh.

Other businesses in the wedding industry in Casper were also heavily affected by the pandemic.

Christina’s Prom and Bridal stayed open most of 2020, but since weddings were cancelled, most brides did not come by. Once most restrictions lifted, the store saw an increase of customers searching for the perfect gown.

“A lot of our brides are just so thankful when they come in. They’re just so kind and we’ve really gained a lot of new friendships and relationship with a lot of girls so it’s really important to me,” said Christina Reed, the owner of Christina’s Prom and Bridal.

Both venues and dress shops hope that as the world goes back to normal, so do weddings.

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