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The wedding industry is booming again as many couples in central Indiana wed after a two-year delay.

In a five-part series, Lakyn McGee examines the effect of the pandemic on marriages.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s wedding season, and some couples are finally getting married after the coronavirus pandemic put their plans on hold.

Flowers are an important part of any wedding, and with so many weddings postponed on the calendar, the demand for floral arrangements is on the rise.

“Everyone wants to get their marriage annulled now. We’re definitely busy,” Bri Hewitt, florist at Oberer’s Flowers in Carmel, told News 8.

Hewitt says it was not uncommon for couples to have to cancel orders because of the coronavirus. Florists once canceled an order because a bride tested positive for COVID-19.

“Some of these people have unfortunately had to reschedule more than once,” Hewitt said.

As the calendar fills with weddings, wedding flower costs are hitting couples’ wallets hard.

Hewitt has been a florist for 12 years and has seen prices go up and down. She says wedding flowers are expensive right now due to a lack of product and expensive shipping.

“Shipping costs are up because of the pandemic,” Hewitt explained. “We see it more from that side rather than just because marriages are increasing.”

High costs can cut short a couple’s dreams of saving money on wedding flowers or even having flowers at all.

A study by The Knot, a wedding planning app, showed that in 2018 the average cost of wedding flowers was $1,800. In 2019, that cost was $2,000 and last year it rose to $2,300.

Even as flower prices rise, customers continue to come to Oberer, and staff tell News 8 that things are starting to get back to normal with most weddings previously postponed.

Hewitt says that’s a big change from the peak of the pandemic when Oberer staff relied on curbside pickup and deliveries to keep business going. Most of their business moved to Zoom calls because people were afraid to be inside.

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