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The summer of 2021 is considered to be one of the biggest wedding seasons in recent times.

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted and vaccinations increasing, many couples are walking up the aisle in record numbers. Some have postponed their dream days compared to last year, while others later chose 2021 as the year they will be appended.

As a result, wedding providers strive to keep up with the demand.

Many couples have post-pandemic ideas about their big day. Here are a few trends the industry experts in Central Pa. noticed:

Midweek weddings are hot

Because the dates fill up quickly, couples opt for whatever date they can get.

“We find that many newly engaged couples are very flexible about their wedding dates as they find that most wedding locations are booked over a year and a half in advance on the best weekend dates,” said Michelle Hare, marketing director for The JDK Group in Camp Hill.

She said they are producing more Friday and Sunday weddings and seeing an increase in midweek weddings. They are also accommodating more requests for outdoor weddings and private residence receptions.

Larger weddings

“Minimonies” were large during the pandemic and complied with social distancing restrictions. But now that the rules are being relaxed, couples are going all out with larger receptions.

“You see a mixture of both, but primarily bigger just because it becomes a way of celebrating. Everyone just wants to have a big party and see so many family and friends, ”said Joy Boudreau, co-owner of Joy of Events in Harrisburg.

Others she noticed held small, intimate ceremonies and planned larger receptions at a later date.

Ben Cavallaro, director of weddings and events at Klock Entertainment in Susquehanna Township, said he was receiving requests for larger weddings that averaged 125 guests, versus the 20 to 40 guests Klock entertained during the pandemic.

Outdoor weddings

Due to the pandemic, many couples moved their weddings outdoors. It’s a trend that many wedding industry experts say will continue.

“I think nature will be one thing that will last,” said Boudreau.

Couples are looking for indoor and outdoor locations that do justice to the weather and give guests space for social distance.

Non-traditional celebrations

Emma Santana, sales manager at JDK, said the desire to celebrate is appropriate for non-traditional celebrations.

“This is everything from a very short and sweet ceremony to a more relaxed party atmosphere where guests move between different areas of the reception rather than being asked to sit down to watch toasts / dances or be told when they have to eat, ”she said.

She said they noticed minimal paperwork and a greater focus on making the food available to guests for longer periods of time.

Digital invitations

The pandemic has definitely fueled the push for digital invitations, especially as the dates have been postponed, Boudreau said.

Digital “save the date” and invitations are popular because they allow flexibility in changing dates at short notice. Another bonus? They are inexpensive.

Bigger, fancier cakes

“I’ve seen a lot more of my couples making big tier cakes,” said Darmayne Robertson, owner of Sweet Confections Cakes in Lower Paxton Township. “You really want to feel like you’re having a wedding.”

She found that the trend is away from cupcakes and towards formal wedding cakes.

“I think it’s the trend they’re moving towards, and I think because they’re getting out of the pandemic, they want to feel special,” she said.