Wedding plans are rebounding in CSRA as pandemic pressure eases

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 10:45 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A lot of couples had to postpone their big day because of COVID-19 last year.

Now after nearly a year of waiting, many couples are ready walk down the aisle.

But locking in a date could be hassle when weddings set for 2021 overlap with weddings postponed from 2020.

“I think I have aged about five to 10 years from planning a wedding,” said bride-to-be Angelica Concepcion.

She and her fiancé, Matt, are planning to get married this November.

They were expecting things to be a little overwhelming.

But when there’s high demand for things like venues and florists, it’s even more stressful

“The most difficult part has probably been finding vendors who are reputable and who are available,” said Concepcion, who’s involved in the wedding industry herself as part of the Augusta Champagne Wall team.

“We dream of this our whole lives … so making sure it’s perfect, I’ve had a few nightmares of waking up and being in my wedding dress and there is no one setting up tables, there’s food nowhere.”

Local wedding and event planners say they’re booked up — some of them up to three years out.

Bridal shops like Elegant Bridals are seeing a surge in the number of shoppers, and their schedules are full.

“I think all the brides are in this together where we are like: We’ve got to get this done six months early or we are not getting it,” Concepcion said.

She says because of the high demand, they’ve temporarily opened Augusta Champagne Wall, offering brides a different option.

“There is definitely a huge boom we have people from the Augusta Champagne Wall who have booked for December of 2022 already,” Concepcion said.

She says she knows firsthand the stress of getting every detail right, and even while she’s planning, she’s still willing to help others make it down the aisle to say, “I do.”

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