Suffolk couples tie the knot midweek as venues are booked
More couples are getting married midweek because weekends are all booked as the Suffolk wedding industry booms after the lockdown.
Donna Stockley, head of weddings and events at Glemham Hall, said the place of the stately home at Little Glemham, near Woodbridge, is currently very busy.
“I think we knew early on that this semester was going to be extremely busy. We have a lot of weddings that have been postponed from 2020 and early 2021,” she said.
“Next year is also shaping up to be extremely busy – 2022 is already almost full. This is because many couples who would normally have married in 2021 have delayed their plans.
“Some of the weddings that we have that have been moved are now taking place mid-week, because couples want to be sure that the wedding providers they want to use will be available.”
She added, “It’s amazing to come back and do the work that we love, and it’s great to see people on the dance floor. They can have a wedding that feels like a ceremony again.”
Bridget Hyde Parker, owner of the historic Smeetham Hall Barn wedding venue near Sudbury, said: “We have almost a year of weddings in six months. We started from June 21 and we are full, very busy.
She said that with people often booking weddings two to three years in advance, the 16th-century barn has already been booked very well for 2021 and 2022.
The place is now even busier because of all the couples who had postponed their weddings during the Covid closures.
“A lot of weekend weddings have been moved to midweek. Couples have had to postpone their wedding, and now they just want to get married.
“Next year is going to be great, super busy too – 2022 has been very affected by Covid.
She added: “It’s fantastic to see him so busy – it’s really good to be up and running again.”
Debi Lewis, manager of Christine’s Florist in Bramford Road, Ipswich, said the shop currently provides flowers for many midweek weddings.
“We’ve never had a Tuesday and Wednesday wedding before, as well as all Saturday weddings. People also order flowers for Christmas weddings and we’re getting quite a few inquiries about next year.”
However, she added that wedding flower orders tended to be on a smaller scale than before Covid.
One of Suffolk’s newest wedding venues, the former ‘Millionaires’ Hotel’ Harvest House in Felixstowe, has now opened and is starting to book weddings, mainly for 2022.
Claire Agnew of CMA Events Limited, the management team behind Harvest House Weddings, said there were only a few weddings booked for this year so far, after Covid caused delays in the project.
However, there is growing interest and reservations for the next year. “I don’t think couples want to leave too late to book. They are happy enough to wait and book for 2022 or 2023,” she said.
Claire, who also creates bespoke wedding and event decorations at locations in Suffolk and Essex, said: “There’s a lot of interest and I’m very busy – I have three or four meetings. with clients per week and a wedding each week. “
Bridal shops are also experiencing a wedding rush, with bridal shop owner Rashida Agboke this month recounting how she has been rushed since restrictions on ceremonies were lifted.
Lily owner Christina Bridal Collection at Wickham Market said: “It’s mental right now. We have two years of brides coming up.”
And she recounted how she got her first Sunday off in four months on August 1.