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