Late last year I started talking about the upcoming wedding surge. Or what I perhaps more realistically called it, the wedding fight.
Because now that a good chunk of people are vaccinated and areas have opened up, that wedding surge is here. People have been pent up and just waiting for weddings to be back.
And now that they are, the floodgates have opened up.
Everyone is planning a wedding. Everyone is planning an event.
Because after a year of no gatherings (at least not in the normal sense), everyone wants to gather. Which is totally understandable!
But as a result, not only is the wedding surge here, but the fight over resources is also here.
Because there are only so many venues and vendors. And we’re essentially compacting 3 years of events into about 1.5.
I’m not going to lie, it’s a little crazy.
It’s definitely busy here and from every vendor I talk to, it’s busy for them too.
So what do you need to know if you’re planning or thinking of planning a wedding in 2021 or 2022?
5 Tips for Surviving the Wedding Surge
Just because the wedding surge and wedding fight is here, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan your wedding. It just means you have to go into it with your eyes open and be ready for what will come.
And these tips will help you to survive!
Tip #1 – Book quickly
Now you don’t want to rush the vetting process. It’s still really important that you feel good about your vendors and make sure they’re professional and get you.
In fact, it may be even more important now to do a good job vetting as everyone is super busy (and COVID has affected many businesses).
But, this is not a time to procrastinate.
Don’t delay when it comes to booking your venue and vendors.
Do your due diligence, look for your vendors in the right order, but book quickly.
Because you could easily lose a vendor if you don’t as you’re not just competing with other weddings, but all kinds of events as well.
In full disclosure, it will be a little stressful as you’ll be moving faster than you would normally.
But, getting your team in place early will be less stressful in the end.
Tip #2 – Be flexible
The wedding fight means more demand and less supply. Which means you won’t always get your first choice.
Being flexible and having backup plans allows you to adjust easily when your first choice is unavailable.
So that could mean switching to a different wedding date or time. Or it could mean going with a different photographer. Or it could mean tweaking services or items so that a vendor can accommodate you.
The more flexible you are, the more options you’ll have (and less fighting you’ll have to do).
And the less freaked out you’ll be if you need to go to a plan B (or C or D…).
And if you have your heart absolutely set on something, then go back to tip #1 and book quickly. Don’t wait!
Tip #3 – Follow up
Because venues and vendors are impacted right now, it means they’re getting flooded with inquiries. In addition, they likely have more clients than usual.
Which means everyone is busy and as a result, you need to be prepared for slower responses.
So, follow up, follow up, follow up.
If you want a response you’ll have to stay on them. Whether that’s via email or phone.
So, I know what you’re thinking…
Yes, this takes more work. And no, it’s not fun.
But, it’s the reality of the situation right now with the wedding surge. And it’s how you’ll get a response.
Now don’t be a pest. But if you haven’t heard back within a week, it’s time to follow up.
Tip #4 – Get a Contract
More casual and old school wedding vendors or vendors in more rural or laid back locations may not have a contract.
It sounds crazy, but it’s not that uncommon.
These kinds of vendors just operate on their word.
And that might be fine normally, but with the wedding surge things can fall through the cracks.
So, if you have a vendor like this, make sure you get something in writing. Even if it’s just an email confirming the date and services.
You want something to refer back to if necessary.
And that written account will be what you can use if a disagreement comes up.
Tip #5 – Hire a planner
It’s always a good idea to hire a wedding planner. But during this wedding surge, they will really help to streamline this whole process for you.
They’ll find you the right vendors, come up with different options, follow up for you and get everything in writing.
Which means everything will move a lot quicker.
Which means you’ll get the reliable team you need.
And you’ll be less stressed.
Like I said, it’s always a good idea to hire a wedding planner, but having one during this wedding surge will help you to not only survive, but thrive.
And of course we can help!
Our calendar is filling up fast though, so if you’re planning a destination wedding in 2021 or 2022, please reach out soon!
We’ll help you from start to finish so you don’t have to worry about the wedding surge at all.