COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — The wedding industry is rebounding from the pandemic, and a southern Colorado wedding venue is seeing record numbers.
11 News spoke to Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, which is already booking weddings in 2024 and 2025.
“Business has definitely picked up since [the pandemic] and doubled. 2023 will actually most likely be busier than this year as well,” said Christi Gazaway, senior wedding catering sales manager.
According to The Wedding Report, an estimated 2.5 million weddings will take place in 2022, with an average spend of more than $24,000. That’s up from nearly 2 million weddings in 2021, with an average spend of $22,500.
“Most of all of our marriages were already in last year, so price-wise, a lot of our families, they’re still in pre-pricing. But, from a cost perspective for us and the localization of items, it has certainly increased. Just the cost of goods, but that’s not something we currently pass on to our families,” Gazaway said.
Wedding experts warn that brides and grooms may need to book weddings for other days, such as Monday or Tuesday, or even other times such as sunrise or brunch, due to the high request.
“I think the whole tradition is gone and that’s one of the most fun things is being able to work with these couples and families to really create a day that really tells their story, tells their story of love. I think with that backdrop, we tell the story,” Gazaway said.
This past weekend (July 8-10), three weddings took place at the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. Next weekend (July 15-17) there are two. During the whole month of July, there are about 10 to 15 weddings.
“We are very happy to see people coming together, celebrating together, kissing, hugging. These are wonderful signs for us,” Gazaway said.
The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is also seeing more guests. So if you are attending a wedding soon, be sure to book your stay and flights as soon as possible.
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