QUINCY (WGEM) — You simply would possibly get to lastly schedule that massive life occasion like a marriage that you simply needed to postpone because of the pandemic.
Companies that cater to massive occasions mentioned they’re cautiously optimistic after Governor Pritzker’s announcement Tuesday that we might be again to regular by July.
Sandy Blickhan, the proprietor at One thing Borrowed, which rents décor for weddings, mentioned she’s used so much much less of their occasion décor over the previous 12 months.
Despite the fact that she would possibly get to make use of it for some larger occasions beginning once more quickly there are nonetheless some issues for the longer term.
“We have had with every thing shutting down final 12 months. If there was any wedding ceremony enterprise or anyone who was doing one thing exterior the place massive brother was watching, they both did not lease something or they in the reduction of,” mentioned Blickhan.
She mentioned whereas enterprise has trickled in additional not too long ago, loads of her décor has been sitting on cabinets, because it’s nothing like the massive weddings she did earlier than the pandemic.
“However the lease nonetheless needs to be paid utilities nonetheless should be paid, so it has been fairly tough going,” mentioned Blickhan.
It is a lot the identical at Level D’vine South of Quincy, proprietor Rita Speckheart mentioned their occasion venue has been residence to loads of smaller occasions, however for a lot of that would not work.
“Taking place to 25 [people] and in the beginning to 10 simply wasn’t an choice we did have a couple of that did that however for essentially the most half, no. They postponed and clearly this 12 months could be higher,” mentioned Speckheart.
She mentioned she’s hopeful although, with a second venue now open, regardless that they missed out on occasions in 2020, many individuals have rescheduled.
“And within the fall, particularly October, we now have double bookings, the entire complete month as a result of we most likely have final 12 months’s, and happily we’re in a position to do some those that needed to wedding ceremony this 12 months,” mentioned Speckheart.
Blickhan mentioned whereas it might be nice if issues bounced again in a giant method, it is perhaps laborious to maintain up.
“I’d like to have that downside. However yeah, that could be a worry since you simply do not you solely have so many issues,” mentioned Blickhan.
She simply hopes persons are as keen as she is to have massive occasions once more quickly.
“My worry is that the weddings and any sort of occasion will nonetheless be smaller, which implies that cuts into my backside line,” mentioned Blickhan.
Numerous that’s depending on if we hit Section 5 by July, Pritzker mentioned we may get to the ‘Bridge Section’ between four and 5 doubtlessly by subsequent week.