The wedding industry has to deal with backlog and inflation

Getting married during a pandemic was not attractive to many couples, causing the industry to take a hit.


Planners and catering companies had their hands tied as they couldn’t handle weekend work in a shut down world.

The backlog of the last two and a half years has resulted in a lightning bolt coupled with the highest inflation in four decades.

RSVP Event Design owner Crystal MacLeod said this was her busiest wedding season in 23 years.

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“Now [clients] are just so grateful and happy to be getting married, they just want to make it the biggest and best party ever,” MacLeod said.

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Their prices should have risen before the recent inflation, but now they will rise by 10 percent.

“Those additional costs have come in the form of gas prices, supplies, shipping and even being able to get certain supplies that we normally could easily get, that’s been really challenging,” MacLeod said.

Delivery and shipping costs are not the only wedding industry issues that cause the prices of the services to increase.

Most companies sign contracts months, sometimes years, in advance that cannot be changed, even with inflation.

Makeup artist and owner of Billi-Rose Beauty, Billi-Rose Ledoux travels to many parts of Saskatchewan to do wedding makeup.

“Right now, I’m actually paying out of my own pocket (for gas) for a lot of my weddings to get to these places now,” Ledoux said.

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With weddings ramping up, Karly Zenkawich, co-owner of Brick Loft Event Co., said the bride and groom are revising budgets to suit their needs on their special day.

“They’re just working within their budgets, moving dollars around to offset higher food prices and higher flower costs. Maybe they don’t hire a videographer or they’re reducing guest numbers,” Zenkawich said.

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