Weddings are back in force for 2022 | Way of life

It’s been two years and counting living in a pandemic world. And two years ago, wedding trends were pointing more towards sustainability, second dresses, power suits, couple coats and closer-to-home honeymoons. Also over the two years, wedding experts have offered tips for keeping your special day, as well as on schedule.

This year, some things have changed while others have remained constant, according to The Knot’s 2021 Real Weddings study, in which more than 15,000 American couples who got married in the last year weighed in on things like dates. favorite wedding venues, top entertainment features, and which vendor couples are focusing their budget on.

“If I was talking to a couple getting married, the two things I would point out is that it’s going to be a banner year for weddings,” said Lauren Kay, editor of The Knot. “We’re ready to help 2.6 million marriages this year, which is crazy, but so exciting. And with that comes a little understanding, empathy and support for both the people you hire and for the challenges they might face.And the ability to rotate or change your plans as needed and know that you are always going to have an amazing wedding and an amazing memory.That flexibility was something we saw year after year as a result of COVID and I don’t think it’s going to go away yet.

The Chicago Tribune spoke with Kay about the study to see how this year’s wedding plans will take shape. His ideas have been condensed and edited for clarity.

On sustainability:

Sustainability is a hot topic for Gen Z, who are just getting married. We have seen the wedding industry as a whole progress. A florist might say that we compost all our flowers after the event. It…depends on the pro, but we see a disclosure of it somewhere on their website in a fairly prominent place so couples who are looking for this or prioritizing this know that “Hey, this is a seller who is like-minded and shares my value for sustainability. We’ve also noticed that a lot of couples want to be more enduring, but they don’t really know how to do it or it’s very intimidating. … So we have seen many experts step in to help these couples and make suggestions. You don’t have to have a carbon-neutral marriage, but there are trade-offs you can make and changes that will make your marriage inherently more sustainable.

On interactive cooking experiences:

We saw people shucking oysters on the go, a table of hot pretzels. We saw people having food trucks, especially at happy hour. … We saw ice cream carts. We saw grazing tables with sushi. We saw people throwing pasta live. We saw people making mozzarella. There have been taco bars where you help yourself, but it’s so much more elaborate than just ordering a taco. Maybe the couple really love brunch, so they have a waffle station and you can put your toppings on or pick your batter flavor. A lot of couples are leaning into this idea of ​​food…with a focus on experiences for the guests.

On honeymoon:

What we’ve seen is that a lot of couples really put some thought into the planning. Honeymoon registries are huge for couples. Many plan experiences and think more about the destination and less about the time. They’re thinking about those once-in-a-lifetime trips, those really special destinations they’ve always wanted to travel to, while monitoring travel restrictions and guidelines. There are couples who stay at home, visit parts of our country or even take road trips. …Some people who have gotten married or had some kind of ceremony, may have gone to a bed and breakfast for a few days thinking that they will have that honeymoon they dreamed of…at a later date.

On the cost of sellers:

While many weddings in 2020 have been postponed, very few have been completely canceled. They just changed. There was a time when the whole world was in lockdown. I think there is an element of that. But the flip side is that we are currently experiencing a huge marriage boom. This is truly unprecedented and vendors are working really hard to meet this overwhelming demand. There is a labor shortage. So trying to get people to help perform, whether it’s in a flower arrangement or a catering team, is a challenge. We also see price inflation and rising cost of goods. I think we don’t really see prices going up due to fewer weddings, but really the other factors that affect every industry, between supply chain delays and inflation and product scarcity.

On unprecedented wedding numbers:

We know that 2022 is on track to see the most weddings in recent history at 2.6 million. On average, we typically see around 2.1 million marriages. We attribute this increase to the postponement of 2020 weddings. Not sure if there are so many matched couples as there has been an overflow of weddings that have not taken place – instead of being canceled they have been postponed or people got married but they’re having a birthday celebration in 2022. I really think it’s just more than this celebration that’s going on and after going through this pandemic you’re so excited to embrace your loved ones, to see your family and to celebrate good things.

This has pushed the demand for weddings, parties and celebrations even higher this year.

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