Wedding numbers are way up!

September 10, 2021Lauren Windle

After a steep drop in 2020 due to the pandemic, the number of marriages in the U.S. is set to explode this year, according to experts at The Wedding Report, an industry research firm.

In fact, the number of U.S. weddings in 2021 is expected to hit 2.77 million—more than twice what we saw last year and a 30% increase over 2019.

The rising trend is expected to continue on into next year, when almost 2.5 million weddings are expected — the most since 1984.

That’s a lot of weddings! But you have probably already noticed this from the number of bridal showers and wedding invitations you have been receiving.

What’s going on – is obvious. After a lot of postponements, the flood gates are open and the surge is rampant. What it means to couples trying to pull together their wedding is somewhat less romantic.

Couples and wedding planners are finding wedding venues booked, both outdoors and in. Caterers are doing their best to confirm as many weddings on weekends as possible, but they are stretched thin.

What can you do if you are planning a wedding yet this year or next?

  • Book your caterer and your venue as early as possible
  • Think outside the box when setting your wedding date. Consider setting your wedding in the afternoon rather than the evening, or on a Thursday or Friday rather than a weekend. It’s much more likely you’ll get the venue and caterer you want that way.
  • Think creatively on venues, too. Many venues have outside and inside space. Outside weddings are lovely in the fall and spring. They can be less expensive options as well.
  • Definitely send out “Save the Date” announcements as early as possible.
  • Shop for attire such as bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns early, too. Popular styles may well become sold out. You want to be sure you can order what you want – and get it in time.
  • Be as flexible as possible on reception details – but set the details in stone early.

Last but not least, book your wedding as early as possible. We are already booking wedding receptions in spring, summer and even fall/winter of 2022!



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