If you’re planning a marriage on the East End this summer time, it’s go massive or go dwelling.

“The pendulum has definitely swung,” says Erin Hattrick Meaney, proprietor of Southampton’s Topiaire Flower Shop. “In the last two years, you were lucky if there was one bridesmaid — now there are 12 girls.”

She provides that budgets for bouquets and florals have swollen by a 3rd versus 2019; the three weddings she’s working subsequent month are the largest bashes she’s ever garlanded, with 400-plus friends.

Even when the events are small, she says, households don’t skimp on spending. “I did a wedding last week for 12 people, and it was the same budget as for a 100-person wedding — they wanted a spectacular chuppah.”

Topiaire Flower Shop proprietor Erin Hattrick Meaney — who dealt with the East Hampton marriage ceremony of Brittany Serrano Engel (above) — says bridal floral budgets are ballooning this summer time. JT Santini

Event planner Sofia Crokos (who additionally co-owns the Greek restaurant Elaia Estiatorio in Bridgehampton) agrees. She’s carved out a distinct segment planning high-end Hamptons bashes. Per-head spending on the 5 marriage ceremony weekends she’s masterminding this summer time is 40% greater than the final pre-pandemic season.

“The vibe, the excitement is coming back to life. It’s almost like they’ve let themselves out of a cage and said, ‘Let’s go,’ ” Crokos laughs.

Tents at a wedding venueEvent planner Sofia Crokos is understood for her high-end weddings (above) — she says {couples} are actually spending 40% extra per visitor than they did earlier than the pandemic. Christian Oth Studio

One cognac-mad shopper has requested her to create a sampling station for his favorites and a lounge space the place friends can sip on Louis XIII and co., whereas one other has tasked her with making a globe-trotting assortment of snacks scattered across the venue, a nod to a love of journey that’s been so laborious to indulge lately. And no marriage ceremony Out East is now full with out one amenity, she says: a Kardashian-endorsed, skin-smoothing MirMir picture sales space.

The occasion planner says she tries to nod to the native space in each Hamptons-based marriage ceremony she throws — serving vodka from Sagaponack Farm Distillery, maybe — and triple-checks each potential reserving towards the social calendar Out East. She’ll counsel purchasers to attend if, say, their date clashes with the Hampton Classic horse present. “It turns into something a little cuckoo out here — the traffic, the hotel bookings — so it’s good if they’re not married to a weekend.”

Exterior of lovebirds Chris and Lyz
Brandt in Southampton.Meaney additionally created stunning blooms for the marriage of Chris and Lyz Brandt (pictured with their pooch, Otto) in Southampton. Jessica Schmitt Photography

Dobi Trendafilova is director of operations for Le Bilboquet restaurant group and oversees its Sag Harbor outpost, amongst others.

The elegant wharf-side eatery had such an avalanche of requests for weddings this summer time that Trendafilova made an exception to the rule of preserving June via August marriage-free; 4 {couples}, all with households who’re longtime restaurant regulars, are planning to get married there over that interval this summer time.

Le Bilboquet Sag HarborLe Bilboquet restaurant in Sag Harbor is internet hosting a number of weddings this summer time.Courtesy of Le Bilboquet Sag Harbor

“So many events were canceled in the last two years, and people are really looking forward to having a good time, so we decided to be more accommodating,” she says.

Many jet-setting Hamptons {couples}, she provides, held off holding ceremonies for causes apart from New York’s constraints on occasion sizes: border closures and travel-related pink tape made it too laborious to host long-haul family members till this summer time.

Side by side of Roundtree's dining options and seating. The Roundtree resort in Amagansett (left) and occasion planner Crokos (see her magic, proper) are additionally making ready for a season of spare-no-expense extravaganzas. Christian Oth Studio; Roundtree

Sylvia Wong agrees. The lawyer-turned-hotelier owns and runs Amagansett’s 15-room Roundtree resort, which opened in the summertime of 2020. This month, she’ll host the marriage of a pair whose nuptials have been twice postponed as a result of most of the bride’s beloveds lived oversees and confronted related journey hurdles.

“They sighed with relief that it’s actually happening,” Wong says. This summer time, the Roundtree is booked for six weddings, most for between 200 and 250 friends and slated for May via June and September via October. (They’re spaced out sufficient to permit its lawns to get better.) Wong agrees that big-day spending has surged. “Typically, you just have a dance floor in the middle of the tent, but we have one couple who’s building one across the entire tent, and another that’s bringing their own furniture in,” she says.

Another boho-chic couple has scheduled a whole weekend of spare-no-expense marriage ceremony festivities, together with yoga classes on the property, a farm-to-table supper and a late-night DJ.

And there’s a particular cause many NYC {couples} are choosing a marriage Out East this summer time — a minimum of in response to officiant Sarah Ritchie. She simply helmed a marriage for a Manhattan couple in Montauk, the place the bride’s household has lengthy spent summers. The couple struggled to safe a marriage license within the metropolis, because the clerk’s workplace stays solely sporadically open, a lockdown-era holdover.

“That administrative glitch can be a real challenge,” Ritchie says of nabbing the very important authorized doc. “It varies so much by locality, but it’s much easier out here than in the city.”

And easygoing is the brand new excessive upkeep on the subject of the fanciest weddings, a vibe shift that Topiaire’s Meaney has skilled firsthand: Floral shows are much less formal, and extra eclectic, with brides a lot much less insistent on an identical preparations for each floor. “They’ve gotten a whole lot more chill after everything that’s happened, which is much more enjoyable to work with,” she laughs. “Everyone has let go a little bit. They’re just so happy they’re having a big wedding at all.”