Wedding trade blooms in Gloucestershire
By Richard Wright | 9th September 2021
The wedding business in Gloucestershire is blooming as delayed and new celebrations boost trade after the lockdowns.
Simon Gallagher of Hey Pesto, Churchdown wedding and event caterers, said: "We're trying to fit a year's worth of business into six months.
"We are trying to accommodate the ones that missed out and shoe horn in the ones that were already booked in or have booked last minute."
Amy Genders, who works for the firm, got married herself in lockdown.
She said: "We decided to go ahead anyway. It was just 15 people.
"It was just nice and relaxed and informal with family and close friends. It was amazing. It was the best day ever."
Steve Gardner-Collins, Sales Director, The Hatton Collection, said: "This Summer has been a bumper year for weddings, of all shapes and sizes, many having postponed and rebooked from 2020, popular wedding venues like Hatton Court Hotel have been busy mid-week and at weekends, with weddings back-to-back.
"It's been a major catch up process and the season in 2022 looks set to continue as couples holding off since the pandemic consider a more optimistic future with events taking place successfully this year, weddings in 2021 still continue into the Autumn and those looking forward to Winter weddings are also in planning mode".
Many florists report that they are rushed off their feet with fresh wedding orders.
Emily Deacon, Gloucester Florists, Gloucester, said: "We have been very busy. It's really good trading at the moment."
Blackfriars Priory, the historic venue owned by English Heritage and managed by Gloucester City Council was named the Local Rounds Winner in the International Wedding Awards 2021. It's seen a surge in interest.
Councillor Steve Morgan, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: "We're delighted to say that we've seeing an increase in viewings and are now taking bookings for next year and even 2023 with couples coming from as far away as London and Cornwall.
"During lockdown we continued taking enquiries and created bespoke packages for 30 people, when regulations would allow, to make it easier for couples to tie the knot.
"We also introduced virtual tours via zoom to help those who weren't able to visit us in person. As a result, we're also now able to market the venue even more widely by allowing couples to view it who are interested from further afield."
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