Good Party employees check inventory in their warehouse, which is filled with wedding items, in anticipation of a busy weekend.
As the province eased restrictions on events, it increased the demand for weddings.
“Even if things are booming, it’s not necessarily an easy boom. Because we don’t have all of our employees ready, ”said owner Emma McCormick.
The wedding industry struggled for 16 months during the pandemic with many couples canceling or drastically cutting their weddings so that weddings companies have no income or employees.
Now it’s ramped up quickly and many companies are working overtime.
At Bespoke Blossoms, employees are also preparing for a busy weekend with three wedding parties.
“The number of inquiries we get for couples planning to get married in 2021 and 2022 has skyrocketed in the last two weeks.”
During the pandemic, many growers around the world cut the flowers they were growing, causing shortages and price increases.
“We’re seeing a 15 to 25 percent increase, and to be honest, sometimes a little more,” said Lorel.
It’s the same image in the Bear and Joey Cafe that turns into a wedding and event venue at night.
Event manager Cheryl Williams said she was getting 25-30 requests a week to book the restaurant, most for wedding receptions.
The catering industry is struggling with staff shortages and food prices are rising.
Wedding venues are difficult to find on Vancouver Island and difficult to book at short notice.
However, Williams said couples accept the added cost and inconvenience.
“All couples are very understanding. Many of them have gone through the wringers in the past year and a half. And they are tired. They just want to get married. “
The call for tying the knot with all the trimmings is expected to continue well into 2022.
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