Dakshina Kannada wedding industry hopeful of good business this season | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The wedding industry, one of the worst hit due to the pandemic, finally has reason to cheer. With the season beginning post-Deepavali and expected to continue till mid-February, industry stakeholders in Dakshina Kannada are a hopeful lot.
During the two waves of the pandemic, there were severe restrictions on weddings and other gatherings. KV Rajendra, deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, said currently 400 guests are allowed at wedding ceremonies.
“There are a good number of bookings at our hotel as well as the convention centre. It is because of the fall in Covid numbers. However, we have noticed there are no advance booking like pre-pandemic days. They are being done a few days before the event,” said BN Girish, vice-president, The Ocean Pearl, Mangaluru. He added that overall, the industry is looking at a positive season.
Wedding photographers Prajwal Ukkuda and Hemanth Kumar, echoing similar views, said they have several bookings lined up for the coming days. “Till recently, we did not receive many bookings. And the events we attended post-pandemic until now have had restricted numbers. The season is expected to be brighter as long as there isn’t another Covid wave in the country,” they said.
As far as the catering industry is concerned, many have booked events, but haven’t confirmed the number of guests.
“A client working overseas, who will walk down the aisle in January, has booked the order and said the number of guests will be confirmed a few days before the event. Compared to last season, this year looks bright. Christian weddings are expected to go on till Januaryend…,” said Primus D’Souza of Prince Caterers.
On how the industry is managing given a hike in food prices, Primus said they have increased the per plate rate at least by Rs 50. The revised rates also apply to those who had booked events last year, but had to postpone them.
Nikhil Melroy L, a DJ who had several bookings cancelled due to Covid restrictions, is hopeful of treating his guests to some good music this season.

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