Updated: Sep 15, 2021
What is a Wedding Boom?
Definition: After a year of postponed and downsized weddings, the wedding industry is seeing a surge of couples looking to plan 2022 and 2023 weddings. As a result, the demand for venues, vendors, and goods such as flowers and attire has never been higher."
That means if you are looking to get married in the next 2 years, even if you aren't quite engaged yet - you need to start looking for your vendors. I'm not saying you are going to book them, but researching vendors takes a lot of time to find the perfect team, so starting early with your research will only help you in the long run.
Additionally, as its true in all supply & demand equations, don't be surprised if you see prices start to increase. Remember it's common that vendors raise prices annually, due to increased experience and credentials, but it'll be more common to see peak season increases in addition to annual price increases as we navigate the changing environment.
You'll also notice a lot of new wedding vendors entering the industry - their prices will be starting rates which will keep the average budget according to large magazines and websites around the same, but with lower prices is less experience and trust me, less experienced vendors is not what you want to deal with on top of all other challenges arising related to COVID. Most wedding professionals don't make it past 3-4 years, so if you find one you love that is past that, stick with them, lean on them for insight, and trust the process.
Staying Mindful in your Wedding Planning
- Hire your planner first
A good planner can help guide you through big decisions, ease your mind when a surge hits, keep your vision front and center while also thinking about guests, and so much more. They'll help you navigate the crazy, bad, beautiful and everything in between.
- Stay flexible with dates, times, locations
If you are set on a date or a location - be mindful of the tradeoffs you might have to endure
- Be ready for big decisions right at the get go of planning
As mentioned, you want to get everything booked as early as possible, so once you start planning, hit the ground running - then you can take a breather
- Keep your guests in mind
If you're planning a huge hoopla, make sure you are taking COVID precautions - if you aren't prepared to make those precautions, consider having a smaller more intimate celebration.