DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wedding industry experts predict 2022 will be a big year for weddings, but health officials warn it may still be too early for large gatherings.

Marriage experts have said the wedding industry is returning to normal after the pandemic put many plans on hold.

“I think people want that 2022 date, I think a lot of people have also rescheduled COVID and, you know, postponed it for a year, maybe a year and a half,” Tracy Claiborne said. , owner and producer of Dayton Wedding Show. .

The Dayton Winter Wedding Expo is underway at the Wright State Nutter Center. Blush and Bloom Wedding Planning in Bellbrook Owners Jena Steinke and Lisa Fantaci said business is booming.

Steinke and Fantaci said industry experts are predicting a higher number of wedding bookings through 2025, and many wedding plans are starting to look like they were before the pandemic.

“Previously the number of guests was lower, and now it’s back to an almost normal level,” Fantaci said.

Even with these signs of normalcy, COVID-19 remains a concern for couples.

Right now, with a record number of COVID-19 cases and hospitals full to capacity, Miami Valley Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr Roberto Colon has said it is always best to suspend large gatherings.

“We must also wear the mask and avoid these large gatherings to reduce the number of cases, it will be our best way to reduce the future number of coronavirus cases, which in turn will lead to a decrease in the number of cases. hospitalizations, ”Colon said.

For those who complete their wedding plans in 2022, Steinke said Blush and Bloom are working with their clients’ comfort level when it comes to masking and seating arrangements for social distancing.

“We’re always careful about this to ease their spirits and let them know what we’re doing to take the proper precautions,” Steinke said.

The Dayton Winter Wedding Expo continues on Sunday January 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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