Pandemic Causes Surge in MN Weddings


A recent Star Tribune headline reads “Pandemic unleashes a tsunami of weddings in Minnesota” with a subheading There are too many ceremonies and not enough venues.

“A tsunami of weddings — some pushed back by the pandemic and some previously planned for this year — has inundated the wedding industry. This year, it might be easier to find someone to marry than to find a time and place to hold the ceremony,” writes Star Tribune.

According to Tribune, weeding ceremony avenues are fully booked for the entire season (until October). This year alone, 2.5-2.6 million couples are reportedly getting married in the US. In Minnesota about 35,000 weeding are expected occur this season.

It’s a little crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it.

– Jenna Culley of Minneapolis-based Jenna Culley Events (source: Star Tribune)

These high weeding numbers in Minnesota were reportedly are backlogged since 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and likely to stretched into the 2023, writes the Star Tribune.

Christy O’Keefe, chief operating office of Bellagala, a St. Paul wedding service, told Star Tribune “It used to be that we were busy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Now it’s Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and even an occasional Tuesday.”

“In-town guests can go to work that day, if they want to. You still have time for the ceremony, a dinner and then dancing until 1 o’clock,” said Christy.

According to Tribune, “Entrepreneurs Carolyn Germaine and Louise Nyquist have launched Backyard Wedding Sites, a service that plays matchmaker for engaged couples looking for something more picturesque than your typical swing set and trampoline-dominated yard and homeowners proud of their elaborate gardens.”

“It’s for couples looking for private, one-of-a-kind sites and hosts with beautifully landscaped backyards. We think of ourselves as the Airbnbs of the wedding world,” Germaine told Star Tribune.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 16) 737,076,255 doses have been distributed and 581,841,231 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,931,150 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 16) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,481,627 with 12,563 deaths.