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Wedding industry feels coronavirus paper shortage, here’s what couples should know
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The coronavirus pandemic’s paper shortage is being felt in the wedding industry.
Labor shortages in paper manufacturing and logistics are causing supply shortages that are being felt throughout the country. While the shortage hasn’t become dire in the wedding industry just yet, couples planning events during peak seasons should take note of how a low paper inventory can impact their special day, whether it be through invitations, programs, menus, place cards, signage or decorations.
"For companies that import materials, the average prices of some freights have gone [up] by a factor of 10," said Christopher Wu, the CEO and co-founder of Paper Culture, a California-based design and stationery company. "This has resulted in not just higher costs, but longer delays. The byproduct of this is that many U.S. companies have turned toward local suppliers, which, in turn, has caused prices to increase, delays in manufacturing and a run on local raw materials like paper pulp."
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Wu said his company has "decided to absorb these price increases" so it does "not pass those on to our customers.