Since reopening last summer, the Breakers have hosted weddings with an average guest count of 50 to 100; her biggest wedding had 150. “We meet every two weeks with our risk management department and some members of the executive group, and look at every upcoming event,” said Ms. Scarpinato.
Among their security choices: limit indoor events to 50% of their capacity, offer individually wrapped dishes and shorten the length of the cocktail hour.
Erase your weekends
As vaccinations and hope spread across the United States, the race for marriages is on.
“Everyone is really worried about setting a date on it and sending a new date so that their friends don’t catch the date and they can’t get married until 2023,” said Ms. Blum, the planner. of the event. . “Every time I make a call, ‘No, it‘s booked.’ They try to get people to have weddings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “
It’s a relief for a huge industry that suffered during the pandemic. “From a small business perspective, it’s devastating,” said Cette Johnson, founder of Cela New York, a design agency specializing in stationery.
After all, weddings generate income for caterers, decorators, planners, florists, musicians, makeup artists, clothing designers, hairdressers, photographers, videographers, dance instructors, cleaners, limousine drivers and many other professionals.
Many planners have expressed their relief that the future is not filled with Zoom weddings and are hoping the vaccine will allow their industry to rebound.
“If there’s one word I never want to hear again, it’s ‘pivotal’,” said Ms. Oren, the Los Angeles-based planner. “What I do is so tactile. I have no desire to move what I do to the digital world. I think all people want is to get together and sweat on the dance floor.