The Biggest Year for Weddings Since 1984 – and What That Means for Brides-To-Be
After two years of mandates, cancellations, and postponements, eager couples are facing yet another challenge: availability. As recorded by The Wedding Report, there will be nearly 2.5 million weddings in the United States in 2022. Nearly doubling the 1.93 million in 2021, the industry is undergoing the most weddings in a single year since 1984 – and brides are feeling it. So if you’re having trouble finding the perfect vendors for your wedding date, you’re not alone. Luckily, we at Vision DJs have learned a thing or two about planning weddings in our 20 years in the South Florida Wedding space, and we have some tips on how you can navigate what many are calling “The Wedding Boom”.
How to secure a 2022 Wedding Date
It feels like 3 years worth of weddings are set to take place in 2022 and as a result venues, vendors, and even wedding guests have less availability than years prior. However, calendars might not be as booked up as they seem. What do we mean? Well, South Florida is notorious for having a ‘backwards’ wedding season. In most states, the wedding season takes place in the Spring and Summer. But in South Florida, the most highly requested wedding dates are those in the Fall and Winter. Couples looking to have their wedding this year should consider the months of July, August, and September, as they are traditionally the least competitive. Similarly, Saturday’s are the most highly requested wedding day and as a result, we’re seeing more couples choosing to tie the knot on Fridays, Sundays and even weekdays. Click here to see if we are available for your date.
What does this mean for 2023?
As couples all over the country are scrambling to secure their 2022 wedding date, many weddings are already rolling over into 2023. Urgency is the name of the game, as the first few months of 2023 are already highly competitive. Before the Wedding Boom, couples were hiring wedding vendors anywhere from 8-12 months before their wedding. Now, limited availability has pushed the average closer to 16-18 months, with popular months like October November and December as the first to go. Staying ahead of the curve is key to securing the perfect vendor team.
Do’s and Don’ts for Planning During the Wedding Boom
DO Research/Read Reviews! It’s important to recognize that the “Wedding Boom” is not a growth of the wedding industry but rather pent-up demand from 2 years worth of wedding cancellations. As such, there are some new players looking to capitalize as the industry settles. Websites such as WeddingWire and TheKnot have compiled hundreds of reviews over the years, and can be a valuable resource for couples starting their planning process.
DO everything early! Yes, everything! If you meet with a vendor you love, hire them! Calendars are filling up quickly and it’s becoming harder and harder for vendors to hold dates for potential clients. Likewise, wedding guests are attending more weddings in 2022 than in years prior. Sending out save-the-dates is more important than ever and sending them early is the best way to ensure all the people you love will make it to your special day.
DO “Consider your guests” guests attending more weddings than normal, send out save the dates very early.
DON’T make hasty decisions! If rates sound too good to be true, they probably are. In the service industry, price = value, so it’s important to understand the quality of service your vendor can provide. As a bride-to-be, social media is your friend! Sites like Instagram and Pinterest have become key tools for couples planning their wedding, as they can give great insight about a particular vendor’s style.
DO remember this is The Biggest Year for Weddings Since 1984!