When the lockdowns finish, cities will reopen marriage workplaces

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There is good news for those looking to get married on a budget: town halls and town halls are back in the wedding business.

In the New York marriage office, for example, wedding bells will ring again. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the city would book appointments again from Monday and start issuing marriage licenses on Friday.

Town hall and town hall weddings are a popular way to celebrate an inconspicuous wedding without spending a lot of money. In New York, for example, a marriage license costs only $ 35. To get married on site, expect an additional $ 25.

New York-based wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs, founder of Chandelier Events, expects couples to run to the Big Apple City Hall.

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“There will be a lot of couples ready to make it official,” she said. “They might have a town hall wedding and a fantastic brunch.

“You have waited so long and want to get on with your life.”

The move to New York comes after several other cities, including Chicago and San Francisco, also reopened their marriage offices.

The timing couldn’t be better. Many couples postponed their weddings during the pandemic, and the marriage industry is now booming.

Knot Worldwide CEO Timothy Chi predicts weddings will increase by 20-25% by the end of this year and 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

While the cost of weddings has dropped to an average of $ 19,000 in 2020, couples who postponed their wedding last year now expect their reception budget to average $ 22,500, the wedding planning website found.

“Couples are ready to give it their all again,” Chi said recently on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. “There is no better way to return to the post-Covid era than with a big party.”

If you want a reception that is on your budget, look at your guest count first.

“Before you get out and start planning and searching, get a feel for how many people you want to entertain so you won’t be surprised later,” said Jacobs.

The cost is more than just eating and drinking. It can also mean additional tables, servers, and invitations.

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Find out more about providers. Three-quarters of couples recently surveyed by WeddingWire in partnership with Acorn’s Grow said they set a budget before speaking to vendors. This can lead to a discrepancy between expectations and reality. In fact, around 2 in 3 have increased their budget, the survey found.

To save money, try planning your celebration in advance as last minute bookings tend to cost more. Flexibility can help with your budget too. That could mean being open for a Thursday or Sunday wedding instead of a Saturday, or looking at more readily available flowers as more expensive options.

“Ask your dealer for information: Where can I splurge? Where can I save and get the same look for less?” Jacobs suggested.

Whichever way you choose to tie the knot, the industry is ready, she said.

“People are ready to gather and celebrate the good moments,” said Jacobs. “We’ll see weddings of all shapes and sizes.”

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