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Local wedding business optimistic about possibility of state returning to normal in July – WGEM

QUINCY (WGEM) -- You just might get to finally schedule that big life event like a wedding that you had to postpone due to the pandemic.

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QUINCY (WGEM) — You just might get to finally schedule that big life event like a wedding that you had to postpone due to the pandemic.

Businesses that cater to big events said they’re cautiously optimistic after Governor Pritzker’s announcement Tuesday that we could be back to normal by July.

Sandy Blickhan, the owner at Something Borrowed, which rents décor for weddings, said she’s used a lot less of their event décor over the past year.

Even though she might get to use it for some bigger events starting again soon there are still some concerns for the future.

“We’ve had with everything shutting down last year. If there was any wedding business or anybody who was doing something outside where big brother was watching, they either didn’t rent anything or they cut back,” said Blickhan.

She said while business has trickled in more recently, a lot of her décor has been sitting on shelves, as it’s nothing like the big weddings she did before the pandemic.

“But the rent still has to be paid utilities still have to be paid, so it’s been pretty rough going,” said Blickhan.

It’s much the same at Point D’vine South of Quincy, owner Rita Speckheart said their event venue has been home to a lot of smaller events, but for many that wouldn’t work.

“Going down to 25 [people] and at the beginning to 10 just wasn’t an option we did have a few that did that but for the most part, no. They postponed and obviously this year would be better,” said Speckheart.

She said she’s hopeful though, with a second venue now open, even though they missed out on events in 2020, many people have rescheduled.

“And in the fall, especially October, we have double bookings, the whole entire month because we probably have last year’s, and fortunately we’re able to do some people that wanted to wedding this year,” said Speckheart.

Blickhan said while it would be great if things bounced back in a big way, it might be hard to keep up.

“I would love to have that problem. But yeah, that is a fear because you just don’t you only have so many things,” said Blickhan.

She just hopes people are as eager as she is to have big events again soon.

“My fear is that the weddings and any kind of event will still be smaller, which means that cuts into my bottom line,” said Blickhan.

A lot of that is dependent on if we hit Phase 5 by July, Pritzker said we could get to the ‘Bridge Phase’ between 4 and 5 potentially by next week.

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