Couples ready to tie the knot after pandemic break

Rachel Einsbruch and her fiance, Edward Mele, have canceled their wedding plans twice in the past year. They hope that the third time will be their charm.

The couple plan to get married on July 10 at Nostalgia 1720 in Chalfont.

Finally, for the first time in months, Einsbruch feels like a bride-to-be. She’s gone for a dress fitting, made other wedding arrangements, and can’t wait to share this joyous occasion with Edward with her family and friends. It has been a long time coming.

And she is not alone. Weddings are making a comeback. Couples who postponed their wedding ceremonies during the pandemic are re-scheduling them as COVID restrictions have eased.

“I feel like all of a sudden people are out of the woods, not only with weddings, but also with showers, birthdays, rehearsal dinners – all those wedding-related activities.” said wedding planner Ann Lipcsey, who works at Peddlers’ Village in Buckingham, which is a popular location for weddings with three venues.

Edward Mele and Rachel Einsbruch are preparing for their July wedding at Nostalgia 1720 in Chalfont.  This is the third time they have planned their wedding.

In Montgomery County, 619 marriage licenses were issued from January 1 to May 21, 2020. This year, during the same period, 1,341 licenses were issued, more than double the amount last year. according to county spokesperson Kelly Cofrancisco.

Bucks County recorded 1,682 marriage licenses issued in 2021 and 1,717 issued in 2020, but that’s because last year the county courthouse remained open for marriage licenses when others counties closed, so Bucks was managing more than its share of issued licenses, said Registry of Wills Linda Bobrin.

Jennifer Uetz and Matt Hartley check out flower samples at the Pretty Pedals Flower Cart, one of the Peddler's Village Outdoor Wedding Show exhibits on Friday in Buckingham.

The Knot 2020 Real Wedding Study, COVID-19 edition, found that 47% of couples who planned to marry last year “will now celebrate in 2021 or later.”

“This year is set to be one of the busiest wedding years in decades,” The Knot reported.

Bucks and Montgomery counties certainly feel the love.

“Weddings have picked up a lot since mid-April,” said Michelle Smith, who runs Total Entertainment DJ at Yardley. “Most are outside – wineries and farms. A lot of people like barn weddings… A lot of people have had to postpone their weddings,”

Doylestown photographer Sharyn Frenkel has also seen her wedding business grow. “I’m fully booked for 2021 and half booked for 2022,” she said.

And some brides have reserved it for 2023.

Laurence Remy and Carrie Robinson browse wedding albums at Rebecca Gudelunas Photography's booth at Peddler's Village Outdoor Wedding Show Friday.

At the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, events specialist Lindsay Albert said the museum’s rental facilities were “fully booked” for the remainder of this year.

Since Pennsylvania’s restrictions on the number of people allowed in indoor facilities were lifted on Monday, couples getting married have been reverting to their original seating plans. The Michener can accommodate up to 160 people, but that doesn’t mean that precautions are not taken.

“The Michener follows all CDC, state and local guidelines regarding mask requirements,” Albert said. “2022 will be as competitive as a normal year for the site space.”

Spring Mill Manor in Northampton is a well-known Bucks County party venue.

General manager Ross Wilner has said “weddings are going to make a comeback,” but he still sees couples preferring smaller outdoor events this year.

“People are looking a little further if they want a bigger marriage,” he said. noting that couples who want a big ballroom wedding are planning for next year and even 2023 just to be on the safe side.

Caterers advise couples who want a wedding with a reception in the next year or so to check out venues now, as dates go quickly, especially during the popular spring and fall seasons.

Engaged couple Corey Matthews and Jessica Adornetto enjoy food at a bridal show Friday at the outdoor tent in Peddler's Village where their wedding is slated to take place this fall.

Lipcsey said that when “you have a warm and fuzzy feeling that this is the place” – now is the time to book it. Most weddings at Peddler’s Village are booked between one year and 14 months, she said.

Couples may also want to check wedding insurance to protect their investment in case they need to cancel the event, but many online insurance sites say make sure to ask questions about COVID. Since this is a known risk, a cancellation caused by pandemic restrictions in the future may not be covered.

Lipcsey said most marriage insurance policies cover marriage deposits in the event of a couple’s cancellation. It is important for a couple to have made it clear before signing a contract what the venue or service provider’s regulations are regarding the return of the deposit or the number of guests allowed if the COVID restrictions were to be reinstated before the due date. marriage, she said.

And it’s good to know what their mask policy is, as masks are still required by the state if someone is not vaccinated.

Peddler’s Village is posting state COVID requirements, but will not verify guest immunization records. The village has different venues to meet a variety of needs, including the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant and a new outdoor wedding tent, both for up to 200 people, and Earl’s New American, a smaller venue. with a capacity of 50 people.

“We expect people to do the right thing,” Lipcsey said.

Kelly Laustsen, owner of Bloom Flower Co. in Perkasie, saw her business take over this year as she creates flower arrangements and bouquets for weddings. She also sees many brides opting for outdoor events this year.

“People use tents. It’s very popular,” she said.

The couple, despite pandemic postponements and frustrations over the restrictions, are still looking to have their special days.

Einsbruch and Mele originally planned to tie the knot on Halloween, but COVID restrictions that were relaxed last summer have come back into effect.

They postponed their wedding until April 23, but management at the venue they were going to host the reception said no dances were allowed except one.

“The only dance is a father-daughter dance. I don’t spend more than $ 20,000 on a dream wedding just to have a father-daughter dance,” the bride said. And she didn’t want her father to come from Alaska for just one dance either, as special as it might be to him.

The Cherry Hill, New Jersey couple considered getting married in their county courthouse, but then decided they wanted to “go big or go home.”

Galina Nemtsov Wohl came to their aid. Wedding planner and owner of Nostaglia 1720, a party venue in Chalfont, Nemtsov now runs the wedding and put the couple at ease.

Wohl said many brides have called to plan their weddings now.

“Spring is in the air and wedding planning is back! We have so many couples reaching out to us to see if we have any dates available this year,” Wohl said. “The couples are ready to move on with their marriages.”

Wohl and her husband, Craig, are friends of the bride’s family, but because their reception hall is in Central Bucks, the couple had no plans for a wedding here, around a 45-minute to an hour-long commute to his family and friends in South Jersey. .

But the more Einsbruch thought about it, the more she thought it would work, especially because Wohl would help her with so many details. She hopes to hold the ceremony outside but hold the reception inside for the couple’s 100 guests.

“We have filed the filing. I can’t believe this is happening now,” Einsbruch said. “She (Galina) and Craig have been a godsend… It has been a blessing to work with them. It’s relieving. We finally have it.”

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