OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Wedding venues like Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch have been largely empty for months.
Couples started canceling or postponing weddings when the pandemic hit the Omaha subway in March last year.
“Impressive. We booked over 100. I would say 98% of them were canceled, you know, postponed,” said Ed Schaefer, owner of Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch.
Owner Ed Schaefer says weddings make up a large percentage of his overall business. Without her, his business was devastated.
A year later it looks very different.
“You pick up. We probably booked 70-75, ”said Schäfer.
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Wedding venues now host couples who had to postpone their weddings in 2020 in addition to their already planned weddings in 2021.
“We did our first big one last weekend. There were almost 300 people. “
However, this large number of guests is no longer the norm. Those who help plan weddings at the DC Center near 120th and West Maple say they see couples decide to cut their guest lists significantly.
“We don’t have weddings with 300 to 400 people that we had several times on the weekends. We do a lot more weddings with 50, 75, 100 people on the weekends, ”said Cathi Melcher, DC Center.
And those aren’t the only changes the wedding industry is seeing right now.
“You’re only planning a little short term. We’re seeing a lot more of these brides planning six months instead of a year or two, ”said Melcher.
As the industry has adapted to the new changes, those planning weddings are so excited that life is returning to their venues.
“We need it. Everyone needs it!” Said Schäfer.
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