Brides, wedding venues benefiting from loosened restrictions

Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 9:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:58 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - One of the harder hit industries during the pandemic was weddings.

After a lot of COVID restrictions limited gatherings, event venues and vendors are playing catch up from time missed.

Wedding vendors 10/11 NOW spoke with say they have brides calling them seven days a week. Some brides had small receptions during the pandemic but can now have the big party they’ve planned for years.

Heidi Drew and her husband, Casey, planned to have a long engagement before the pandemic.

“It was kind of stressful, to begin with,” Heidi said.

That planned, long engagement got even longer two weeks out from their wedding day.

“When Governor Ricketts came out and said we weren’t going to be able to do dances at the reception, I said that doesn’t sound like too much fun so we decided to postpone,” Heidi said.

They were able to have a small wedding with just family in the middle of the pandemic and plan to have a larger reception this weekend.

Luckily they were also able to get most their vendors to match up. It’s something not all couples have been able to do.

It’s a trend that wedding venues around the Capital City are seeing as well.

“We’re seeing a lot of bigger events being planned,” said Crystal Meister, facilities manager at the Apothecary and Ridnour Room. “Some in the 300 person range which is what our largest venue here can hold.

Meister said business is picking up as of recently but it’s mainly attributed to what they didn’t have last year.

While it looks great on paper, a lot of those were postponements from last year,” Meister said. “So we’re just playing catch up from everything that was postponed because of the pandemic.”

Heidi’s big reception was one of the many postponed last year and now she is looking forward to it this weekend, specifically one moment.

“The one thing we weren’t able to do when everything was crushed was the dance - the father-daughter dance that means not only so much to me but my dad,” Heidi said.

The manager at The Ridnour Room said most weekends are already booked. She hopes planning out weddings goes back to pre-pandemic ways by 2022.

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