COVID-19 has changed virtually every element of modern-day life, including how we celebrate its biggest milestones. The wedding sphere—and the long list of vendors who make it spin on its axis—has been particularly impacted. “The past two years have been incredibly challenging for the wedding industry,” says Vanessa Vierra, the owner and creative director of the Southern California-based destination firm Vanessa Noel Events. “We went from a drought to trying to drink out of a fire hose in terms of volume and demand.” For the newest cycle of brides- and grooms-to-be, this shifting landscape has led to all kinds of tangles: The supply chain has slashed rental and flower availabilities; a backlog of couples still waiting to tie the knot has virtually eliminated weekend event dates in many popular locales; and vendors, tied up with a double client load, are simply booked.

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