How wedding venues are bouncing back from the pandemic

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s officially wedding season here in Fort Wayne, and venues in the area are making a comeback as bookings are off the charts. This is after things were put on hold due to COVID.

It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused many changes, and the wedding venue industry is no different. Site owners and managers say they’ve had to get creative to stay afloat.

“Everyone’s event is different, so we had to get creative with each client. I was on the phone with almost every one of them myself, trying to see what we could do to make things still work,” Union 12 owner Silas Norris said.

Orchard Ridge did the same. Events director Tricia Baumgartner said using a larger space for smaller events has helped them run events and stay within COVID guidelines.

“We were able to use our larger banquet space for smaller events to keep things cozier. We even put some seating outside because people were more comfortable, and our owner even added a new awning just to give people that extra comfort,” Baumgartner said.

Venue coordinators say business is better than ever and booking this wedding season is off the charts.

Orchard Ridge has only three Saturdays left available for booking in 2022 and has already secured eight weddings for the 2023 season. Union 12 says they have also booked almost every weekend for the 2022 season, but that they always have weekday options open for booking.

So if you’re newly engaged and looking for a venue, it might be best to plan for 2023. If you want to find a venue this year, you might need to get creative or consider a weekday wedding.

The event directors also give some tips for preparing for your wedding day.

  • Do your research
  • Give yourself the grace
  • Prioritize your top three things that need to go well in your marriage and focus on them.

They say it can get stressful without a plan, so it’s best to plan ahead while enjoying the process.


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