Wedding planners see surge as pandemic winds down

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, a lot of people are looking to get married, and the wedding industry is grateful for the boost in business.

Sarah Burton is a wedding concierge at Simply Love Studio on Richmond Road. She helps couples find vendors and make final arrangements before their special day. She says she has two to three times more clients than normal, with couples rescheduling their weddings to this year and others getting engaged.

“Now that things are opening back up, they’re ready to start planning,” Burton said. “They want shorter engagements and they’re ready to get married in two to three months now.”

But COVID-19 has left an impact. With rising food prices and slower shipping times, she says couples may notice a bit of a price increase. Prior to the pandemic, the average cost of a wedding in Lexington was anywhere from $18,000 – $25,000.

“For example, on food it may be a per person increase. The flowers are getting harder to source and find so a lot of those are having to be flown in from different areas,” Burton said.

If you are looking to get married, Burton says you may want to hold off until next year since venues and vendors are pretty much booked the rest of the year.

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