Some Arkansas wedding venues are experiencing a welcome business boom as the country returns to normal.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Some wedding venues are experiencing a welcome boom in business as the country returns to normal.
“It’s phenomenal from a business perspective,” said Uche Onyeyiri.
Onyeyiri, the owner of Angelo’s Garden in Mayflower, is booked almost every weekend for the rest of this year. It is already starting to refuel in 2022.
“We are back to pre-pandemic levels in terms of the number of marriages we have,” he said,
This is a great relief for Uche, who lost tens of thousands of dollars in 2020. He didn’t know how things were going to turn out this year.
“You have to understand, at one point I really thought I was going to lose my business,” he said.
But as restrictions began to be lifted and cases remained low, Uche resumed operations.
“As soon as the world reopened or the United States reopened, our phones started ringing again and people weren’t asking these questions about the pandemic anymore. People were just like, ‘I’m ready to book, I want to come and look at the place. I’m ready to start planning my wedding, ”Uche said.
He said many of the couples he is booking now have been engaged for more than a year.
“So you know they were waiting and sitting down just to see what the outcome would be. They saw that green light and just started booking their rooms,” he said.
Others have also been rescheduled from 2020, so Uche said Saturday dates were becoming increasingly difficult to find. He recommends planning your wedding at least 12 months in advance to make sure you get everything you want.
“Make sure you have your best suppliers. The place you love, the photographer you love, the DJ you love and things like that,” Uche said.