TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Local marriage experts say marriage numbers are back to pre-pandemic numbers.

Some wedding-related businesses suggest that those looking to get married in the near future should plan ahead, especially given the current supply chain challenges.

Simple to Elegant owner Jeanette Winchester said fresh flowers and greenery is a big wedding category that has been affected by supply chain challenges.

“There are still supply chain issues primarily in the fresh flowers, fresh greens and linens that we use for decorations,” Winchester said.

Station Floral and Hair Design Studio owner Bill Thomson said appointments and orders have been affected due to delivery delays.

“Sometimes we place an order for three bouquets of lilies and only receive one,” Thomson said. “Usually we get shipping orders delivered within a week or two weeks and now it’s more like a month or a month and a half.”

Bliss Bridal director Hailey Burns said she was also made aware of the dress shipping delays.

“The last two weeks I’ve noticed a lot of changes in our bridesmaid businesses in particular,” Burns said.

Burns said many of the boutique’s bridesmaid companies have had to push ship dates back to September and October.

“They’re normally very good at having things in stock and they’re really struggling right now,” Burns said. “It never was.”

Burns suggests scheduling the wedding dates eight months later.

“A lot of people will come and they’re a year away from getting married and they think they’re super early,” Burns said. “I remind them that they are actually right on time.”

Maggie and Moes’ floral designer Angie Rea said it’s best to go to a florist soon after setting the date.

“We want you to plan ahead so we can get you on our calendar because we only do a limited number of weddings per weekend,” Rae said.

Winchester said that while some supplies may be delayed, it should hurt the wedding planning process.

“I see brides are a little more tense than before and a little more worried than before,” Winchester said. “I completely understand that, but it’s best to plan ahead and stay calm and flexible.”

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