COVID has thrown quite the curveball at the wedding industry and Fairey coins 2022 as “the makeup year.”
July is the month where inquiries and emails quadrupled for the venue as all the make-up weddings mixed with new weddings, Fairey said.
A typical day for her is a juggling game of leading potential clients through venue tours, answering calls, replying to emails, helping some of at least 50 couples at a time work out the details of their day— oh and last-minute rescheduling a wedding if someone connected to the wedding party gets COVID.
You know, the usual.
“Don’t freak out about the rush of everything right now,” she said. “Honestly the people that have the best weddings, plan it out farther in advance. Slowing down a little bit is not a bad thing.”
Her ideal range for an engagement would be eight months to 1 year.
Here are top reminders and to-do’s after getting engaged:
How many people we talking? Create your guest list
“Venue is top of the list, but before you pick a venue go ahead and start a guest list,” Fairey said.
Understanding how many people to accommodate dictates the venue size, overall budget and vendor choices, she said.
Book your venue, which determines the date
Here are some wedding venues to consider in the Anderson area:
- The Barn at Sitton Hill Farm
- Rocky River Plantation
- The Bleckley Station
- The Oaks Wedding Venue
- Blue Jar Farm
- Heyward Manor
- The Pavilion at Walker Century Farms
- Bent Creek Farm
- Sleepy Hollow Barn
- Boxwood Manor
- Brownstone Wedding and Event Venue
Thinking outside the box? Here are some other spots to consider:
- Anderson Arts Center
- McFall’s Landing
- Lilia Day Spa’s rooftop
- Woodburn Historic House
- SC Botanical Garden
- Darwin Wright Park
Secure your vendors, especially individuals
First priority of booking is to secure vendors who can only be at one wedding in one day, Lindsey Mahaffey said.
Lindsey and her husband Craig have seen the wedding photography industry change a lot in the 18 years they’ve had their business, but the last five years have had the most changes.
Personalization is the biggest change as brides do what’s important to them over what tradition calls for, Mahaffey said.
A bride doesn’t like cake? Well, she can have a scoop of ice cream instead.
Not a fan of sparkler sendoffs? How about throwing lucky charm cereal.
Mahaffey has watched unique touches bring a smile to everyone.
The pandemic has shifted thinking away from big weddings to intimate ceremonies with who matters most, she said.
Weekday weddings are also more popular in a time where everyone is trying to squeeze in their date in a packed year.
Her main advice is to book early on those vendors that can’t be two places at once.
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Do it your way
“Traditional is almost non-existent anymore.” Fairey said
She has seen a less formal approach to weddings the last couple of years. Cutting a cake isn’t a must as dessert bars are a huge new trend, she said.
Whereas before the reception would have been crowded, couples now use the outdoor space a lot more and add tables to allow for more space.
Here’s how to get a marriage license in Anderson County
Head to the Anderson County Probate Court with these requirements in mind:
- Both parties must be 18 years or older and appear together
- All applicants must present a Social Security Card and a legal document showing his/her proper name.
- Name on Social Security information must match identification.
- The cost of a marriage license is $46 (CASH ONLY).
- There is a 24-hour waiting period in South Carolina from the time you apply for the marriage license until the time the license can be issued. After the waiting period has expired one the contracting parties must return to pick up the license.
- If at least 16 years old: The interested party must bring a certified copy of their Birth Certificate, that must be left with the Probate Court permanently.
- To show parent’s consent, a parent must appear in Probate Court with proper identification to link him/her with the minor.
Sarah Sheridan is the community reporter in Anderson. She’d appreciate your help telling important stories; reach her at [email protected] or on twitter @saralinasher.