Here comes the Bride: Wedding season making a comeback

We've put a lot on hold over the last year, but love won't wait any longer

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – We’ve put a lot on hold over the last year, but love won’t wait any longer.

The wedding season is making a comeback.

You can’t cancel love, but the pandemic has proved to postpone celebrating love together.

“I think the hardest thing was just the unknown,” said Michaella Fischer, who is engaged to Aaron Steinfeldt.

Whether the big day can be held in front of Michaella and Steinfeldt’s families and friends.

“I think that was the most stressful thing, is like Aaron has a really big family,” Fischer said. “And I have kind of a big family.”

The Winona couple is tying the knot this spring at the Stoney Creek Inn in Onalaska.

Fischer says 275 people are invited to the wedding, more than half of the venue’s capacity.

But at one point, COVID cut the guest list.

“They got knocked down to 25 percent capacity, and we’re like, ‘Well, crap,'” Fischer said.

But thankfully, COVID cases are down, allowing the venue to raise capacity limits and restore the couple’s guest list.

“It is (a relief)!,” she said.

Local businesses are also breathing sighs of relief.

“We’ve seen a huge uptick in our weddings in May and June. It’s kind of crazy,” Charlotte’s Bridal & Formal Wear manager Meagan Bjornstad said.

Fall is typically the busiest time for Charlotte’s Bridal.

But after a year of wedding postponements and cancellations, Bjornstad says couples can’t hold off any longer.

“It’s so great,” Bjornstad said. “I mean, it’s two years of wedding into one…Literally, for tuxedos, we’re slammed. Friday weddings have become a big thing. We have about 10 to 15 parties in here every week all the way through the end of October picking up tuxedos.”

And what’s a wedding without flowers? Because business at Monet Floral is booming.

“It’s just getting better. Thank God,” Monet Floral president Ben Skemp said.

Skemp and his staff will be making bouquets and boutonnieres from now all the way through New Year’s Eve.

“A lot of them are feeling that they’re getting more and more comfortable of being with everybody again with their family and friends,” Skemp said.

“I’m sure it’s probably pretty hectic right now, too, trying to find a venue with everybody trying to do it all at the same time,” Aaron said.

Fischer and Steinfeldt never had to reschedule their wedding.

“Thankfully, we did not have to go through that,” Fischer said.

Instead, Aaron will watch his bride come down the aisle, and say “I do” together in front of their loved ones.

“It can’t come fast enough,” she said.

For this couple and the wedding industry to make a beautiful comeback.

Fischer and Steinfeldt got engaged in November 2019. They are planning to get married on June 19.