I am a wedding planner – I think some trends will be popular in 2022 and others may disappear.
More and more couples ask guests for proof of vaccination and organize buffets for their wedding.
Live streaming won’t be as popular as it was in 2021, and providers could say ‘no’ more often.
Multi-day festivities have a time.
I have seen an increase in the number of couples having wedding weekends with festivities planned for three or four days.
Themes range from adult summer camp to festival, but the real focus seems to be to get the most out of having a group of loved ones reunite in one place.
I’m not totally sure how people allow themselves and also manage their energy during what will be one of the most emotionally charged moments of their life – but inquiries continue to flow.
It is a misconception that buffets are gone due to COVID-19.
In my experience, many weddings were still hosting buffets during the height of the pandemic.
There were changes – often plastic screens in front of food and servers at each station instead of common serving utensils – but the buffets still existed.
I think this makes sense since buffets are often a more affordable option than table service.
More and more couples are asking for proof of vaccination and / or a negative COVID-19 test.
As we enter another year of the COVID-19 pandemic, more couples are establishing what I call “a vaccine frontier.”
They also move away from the honor system to request physical proof of vaccination and / or a negative COVID-19 test.
The trick is, couples don’t expect their site or sales team to provide this service. Instead, I recommend that a couple hire a third-party service, like a private security guard, to check vaccination cards or test results upon entering the marriage.
This option is affordable (In my area, $ 25 to $ 35 per caretaker per hour), takes the hassle out of collecting and storing medical information before a wedding, and allows your vendors to do what you hired them to do.
Expect to keep hearing about the word “leak”.
In 2020 and 2021, many couples and wedding vendors have used the term “runaway” by default to describe any marriage that was even a little “non-traditional.”
Technically, this is a misuse of the term since “to run away” means “to run away secretly to get married, especially without parental consent” and almost always, there is nothing secret about this marriage. specifically.
Still expect to see “leak” and louder words like “Minimonie”, “micro-marriage” and, God help us, “consecutive marriage” outstanding as we continue to figure out what to call a celebration that honors a marriage that has already legally started and / or a marriage that challenges the preconceived ideas we have in our heads.
Weddings on weekdays and outside of the summer take their time in the sun.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that important times can arise outside of the schedule.
It is good news for weddings, as it means that more couples are open to the idea of ââa weekday wedding and / or a wedding that is not in summer or falls, usually the most popular times to get married.
Couples who choose to get married in the winter, spring, or weekdays will likely save money – and increase their chances of avoiding the downsides (like limited availability and price hikes) of the so-called marriage boom.
On the flip side, wedding vendors might say ‘no’ more in 2022.
After two years of hardship, many wedding vendors have learned what they need to continue doing their jobs in a way that puts their health, safety and joy first.
It’s good news. Yay for the humans who take care of themselves and their families! Unfortunately, couples aren’t always prepared for what this means for their marriage.
Expect to hear the word ânoâ more often and your sales team to be clearer and more direct about what they need to serve you better.
Challenge yourself not to take this as an insult but as a necessary conversation so that everyone – you, your partner, your guests and your suppliers – can enjoy your wedding.
The live broadcast is still there, but it’s not as hot as it used to be.
The number of weddings I’ve worked on that had a live broadcast definitely decreased as 2021 progressed.
If there is a livestream, it most often exclusively shows the ceremony, which is really the thing that people are most interested in.
Live broadcasts could potentially resume in 2022, but I think it depends on how many guests choose to attend a wedding in person and whether those guests are VIPs.
For couples who have a loved one who is vulnerable to COVID-19 or who is not vaccinated, a live broadcast might be just the ticket to get them to attend the wedding without going in person.
I think the negative stigma around smaller marriages will continue to become less prevalent.
Before the pandemic, there was a widespread and unpleasant idea that couples who invited fewer guests were somehow less numerous than couples who invited a lot of people.
While that stigma has not completely disappeared, the pandemic has provided many examples of small weddings that had as much, if not more, magic than glowing festivities.
The big wedding is not over, but more and more couples are allowing themselves to spend money on things they really want, and this often means fewer guests.
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