Mountain View Barn and other popular wedding venues

Columbia County vendors and sites are adjusting to high demand from couples rescheduling their weddings due to the pandemic.

BLOOMSBURG, PA – It’s calm before the storm at Mountain View Barn, a wedding venue in Fishing Creek Township.

Owner Dean Ribble is getting ready for another wedding this weekend, on his property.

“We had, I think, 34 this year, so next year we have 36 and we are already booking the wedding in 2023, so it went really well. We have been very blessed,” said Ribble.

But it hasn’t always been easy, the coronavirus has posed challenges for wedding venues like Ribble’s.

“2020 was the year from, it was pretty bad,” Ribble said. “Every time Governor Wolf announced all the cancellations of meetings like this, you know the phone was ringing. We paid back over $ 20,000 that year and postponed a lot of things until 2021.”

Salespeople are also working on the overdrive just to make up for lost time.

Nicole Dumond, a photographer in Benton, says she’s already full for the rest of this year, including most of next year as well.

“This year has definitely been a struggle, I’m basically working at double the capacity of what is normal in an average year. So like this October, I have seven marriages and there aren’t many weekends. ends, ”said owner Nicole Dumond. by Nicole Dumond Photography.

Newswatch 16 has reached out to more than half a dozen cake and food vendors for comment.

They couldn’t speak to us as they are very busy filling orders for weddings.

The stress that the pandemic has placed on the wedding industry is something everyone involved is feeling.

“It’s a trickle down effect, which has affected us and will continue to affect us down the road due to the fact that you know the money that was spent during covid to keep us afloat, we are not getting that back. year, ”said Dumond. “So it’s really very different, the burnout is really real.”

Their advice to those looking to book their wedding, be patient and plan ahead.

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