High demand for wedding venues after pandemic postponements

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The 2021 wedding season has arrived in full force. Couples who had to cancel or postpone their weddings during the pandemic play a huge role in a post-pandemic wedding rush that’s happening nationwide. Local venues, vendors, and others in the wedding industry are finding the demand to be extremely high.

As more restrictions on large gatherings have loosened, the number of couples heading to the altar continues to climb. And as weddings are finally able to happen, couples are wanting to celebrate with larger groups.

Renard’s Catering Company in Green Bay says it’s very close to record-breaking numbers, having roughly 7 to 15 weddings each weekend. Renard’s says it has well over 100 people to cater events but had to hire additional staff to accommodate this busy wedding season. Meat and food prices have gone up since the pandemic, but Renard’s says their customers have been very understanding of the high prices. With multiple vendors, Renard’s has a wide variety of food and product so they haven’t had a supply issue.

“There were a couple of different vendors and caterers who couldn’t make it through COVID which is very unfortunate. So on top of having those delayed weddings, our normal wedding season and then having less caterers in the area available for catering these weddings, absolutely has a huge role on this, this huge boom,” said Oli Menke, Renard’s event coordinator.

Mulberry Farm in Hilbert says it had a tremendous amount of couples book its wedding venue after many held off until COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed. The non-traditional venue hosts one wedding per weekend with a 250 person capacity limit. This year, most of their weddings leading into September are fully booked.

“We’re booked for what we have open going forward, it’s been a record year, 2022 is looking the same. Again, because we limit how many weddings we can do mid-May to mid-September, we book fast,” said Bonnie Keyes, owner of Mulberry Lane Farm.

Mulberry Lane Farm says with the number of wedding requests they’ve gotten, bookings are being pushed into 2022 and early 2023 because of the high demand.

“But we are finding a trend that they’re still smaller than they were pre-COVID before 200-250 guests were the norm, I’m finding it’s closer now to 150 to 200 guests,” said Keyes.

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