Couples who have had to postpone or cancel wedding plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now starting to plan celebrations in 2022, creating a massive increase in business for the wedding industry.
British Columbia health officials announced the province’s restart plan on Tuesday, which includes the gradual return of organized rallies. From this week, outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.
Jeremy Stone, director of community economic development at Simon Fraser University, expects the demand for wedding vendors of all kinds to skyrocket.
“I guess next year there will be an explosion of weddings and things like that,” Stone said.
“There is a list, I believe, of people who are looking for this type of service and who want to organize these types of events.”
Hire more staff
Vendors confirm demand has grown rapidly, as couples rush to book their celebrations.
Rana Singh of Sunny’s Bridal in Vancouver expects to have to hire more staff.
“As the cases drop and people feel more confident, we have started to get more calls, more appointments,” he said, adding that he hopes that ‘they can follow.
Wedding photographer Donald Risky also plans to hire and train more staff for his photography business, Open Aperture Cinema, and expects more weekday weddings in 2022 as he has already had to do a sophisticated rescheduling to get his job done. suit all couples who seek its services.
“People book our services for us years in advance,” he said.
“I had up to three years early, so I have weddings for 2022 that I booked in 2019. And now we suddenly have to make room for everyone from 2020, 2021 that all want the same year as well. “
He said he had to double and in some cases triple on weekends.
This influx of business is good news for wedding vendors, who have struggled to make ends meet over the past 15 months.
“It’s been very difficult trying to overcome this pandemic because none of us have really faced a challenge like this before,” Singh said.
“In general, the first six months of a calendar year are the busiest we have. Last year in 2020, when we entered the first lockdown here in British Columbia, we had about three months without business. at all during our general, like, peak season. “
Risky said he spent much of 2019 building his business with plans to make 2020 a big hit, but with restrictions coming down in March 2020, calls from couples to cancel started pouring in.
“We kind of found ourselves all of a sudden, you know, with huge months without work,” he said.
Companies like Risky’s and Sunny’s Bridal are producing culture, which society is lacking because the pandemic has kept people in their homes and away from others, Stone said.
“The great thing about weddings is that they represent a lot of individuals, small businesses and community businesses,” he said.
“You rarely see weddings that are chain stores or that are made up of corporations. In reality, these types of events are the backbone of our business community.”