The return of the wedding

(WHTM) – The 2022 wedding season is shaping up to be one of the busiest ever with 2.5 million couples expected to wed.

Wedding planner Claire Roache says the past two years have been difficult both for those who want to get married and for the industry itself due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now guests are once again receiving their Save The Dates and sending their RSVPs marked “yes”.

“Before, we estimated around 65 to 70% of people. It highly depends on whether it is a destination wedding etc. There are a lot of factors that play into this. Now I’m betting about 80-85%, worst case less people respond or show up and you save money,” Roche said.

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One of the biggest trends this year – the wedding weekend. “Instead of just one day, they have a welcome party, a wedding, and then they have a brunch afterwards. And they invite fewer people. It allows them to extend the celebration a bit, which I think people love it,” Roche explained.

Unfortunately, the return of weddings comes at a time when the cost of everything is skyrocketing. Right now, Roche says she sees couples spending between $50,000 and $60,000.

“Before that, I would have said 30-40, but just with the cost of everything, those things, it’s harder to get a wedding for less,” Roche said.

She adds that the one thing COVID has done is make it easier for couples to have a smaller wedding, giving them more flexibility in what they spend their money on.

“People spend the same amount of money, so they can personalize things more, they can invest in things that they’re really passionate about, which is really cool to see couples doing that,” Roche explained. .

From venues to vendors, couples are just going to pay more, and Roche’s best recommendation is to prioritize.

“Obviously you want the dream wedding for everyone, but that may not be a reality with the funds you have available for your wedding. So what are the top three things you and your partner you really care,” Roche said.

Whether it’s photography, catering or entertainment, figure out what’s most important to you and go from there. The best advice? Do what is best for you.

“I see couples becoming more and more creative. I just see couples hanging out on their wedding day, maybe it’s a little less traditional, but often they have more fun. Doing a backyard wedding or a small wedding or a wedding weekend, and they come out so happy because it felt like a true reflection of them,” Roche explained.

Of course, couples don’t just spend their money on the wedding. They are also saving money for their honeymoon and budgeting for a house