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As COVID-19 restrictions ease, 2021 promises to be a busy year for the wedding industry – Kingston

An altar rush appears to be accelerating now that pandemic restrictions are easing.

Virginia Charboneau is a wedding planner and says 2021 is the busiest year she has ever seen for weddings.

Charboneau owns Timeless Memories, his wedding planning business, and Kingston Wedding and Event Providers, who can provide couples with everything from tables and chairs to tents for outdoor events.

“People just book, like we’ve had people call and book, ‘Can you organize my wedding in 48 hours, 72 hours? I’m getting married next week, I need this or I need that or pieces, ”says Charboneau.

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Charboneau says the pandemic has created a perfect storm over the past year and a half for couples looking to get married.

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“They book in 2022, and 2023 and 2024, they catch up with people who could not get married last year or who delayed things”, explains Charboneau

The experience is similar for Paul Fortier, owner of Renaissance Event Venue.

The hall is used for a variety of events, including weddings and receptions.

“We have a lot of weddings that have been postponed and postponed until the end of the current year and into 2022,” says Fortier.

As Fortier deals with this backlog, he says new bookings are not coming at the same rate.

“There is a reluctance to move in and have big events, to spend a lot of money to have a wedding event and maybe it will pass in a year and we will be back to the way things used to be, but I I’m not optimistic that will be the case, ”Fortier told Global Kingston.

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Charboneau is hesitant to guess what the long-term wedding trends will be, but says that simpler and cheaper pop-up type wedding events are very popular this year, adding that couples are becoming more flexible about when to go. wedding.

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“It’s not just the traditional Saturday weddings anymore, now we have them for Thursday, we have one on Tuesday, we have Sunday, so they’re almost every day of the week,” says Charboneau.

Charboneau also recommends that couples check with public health officials and the municipality to ensure all wedding plans comply with existing COVID-19 collection rules.

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