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EVENT
DECOR
PANDEMIC STYLE
AS CELEBRATIONS AND GATHERINGS ARE
FORCED TO TAKE A BACK SEAT DURING COVID-19,
EVENT RENTAL COMPANIES FIND REVENUE
THROUGH NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
by Jeff Moravec

y mid-summer in most years, the tented event
industry has a pretty good grasp on what design
trends have taken hold for event furniture-
some anticipated, some out of the blue.
But this isn't most years.
"There's nothing to trend," sighs Peter Grazzini, managing member
of the Washington, D.C.-based event company Perfect Settings. "The
trend is that no one is having parties."
The COVID-19 pandemic, of course, has devastated the event
industry. Thousands of events scheduled through the spring and
summer months were canceled or postponed, usually inde¤Éinitely.
Restrictions on gatherings, which were a moving target and varied
widely not only from state to state but from city to city as well,
prevented even casual functions for months. While summer saw
loosening restrictions, the unpredictable nature of the pandemic
meant that progress was often one step forward and two steps back.
The impact on business? Grazzini is candid. "I'm sucking wind right
now," he admits. "In May of 2019, we did $2.2 million in revenue.
This year in May, we did $21,000."
"The impact has been unbelievable," adds Stephen "Sal" Salvatori,
account executive with Event Equipment Sales in Hodgkins, Ill.
"The hospitality industry has de¤Éinitely taken a beating. I call it 'the
new abnormal.'"
"In my opinion, COVID has hit our industry harder than any other,"
adds Meghan Garrison, branch manager of Dover Tents & Events, a
division of Collective Event Group, in Dover, Del.

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