TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Local wedding experts say the number of weddings have returned to pre-pandemic numbers.

Some wedding related businesses suggest that those looking to tie the knot in the near future should plan ahead, especially given the current supply chain challenges.

Owner of Simple to Elegant Jeanette Winchester said fresh flowers and greenery is a big wedding category that has been affected by supply chain challenges.

“There are still supply chain issues going on primarily in the fresh flower, fresh greens, and linens we use for decorations,” Winchester said.

The Station Floral and Hair Design Studio Owner Bill Thomson said appointments and orders have been affected because of delayed shipments.

“Sometimes we’ll place an order for three bunches of lilies and we’ll only get one bunch in,” Thomson said. “Usually we get shipment orders delivered in a week or two weeks and now it’s more like a month or a month in a half.”

Bliss Bridal Manager Hailey Burns said she’s been given notice on delays for dress shipments as well.

“The last two weeks I’ve noticed a lot of changes in like our bridesmaids companies especially,” Burns said.

Burns said a lot of the boutique’s bridesmaids companies have had to push back ship dates to September and October.

“They normally are very good about having things in stock and they’re really struggling right now,” Burns said. “This never ever used to be the case.”

Burns suggests scheduling bridal appointments eight months out.

“A lot of people will come in and they are a year out from their wedding and they think they are super early,” Burns said. “I’m remind them that they are actually right on time.”

Floral Designer for Maggie and Moes Angie Rea said it’s best to head to a florist shortly after you set the date.

“We want you to plan ahead so we can get you on our calendar because we only do so many weddings a weekend,” Rae said.

Winchester said while some supplies may be delayed, it should take away from the wedding planning process.

“I do see that brides are a little more tense than they used to be and a little more worried than they used to be,” Winchester said. “I completely understand that but it’s best to plan ahead and remain calm and flexible.”