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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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How Supply Chain Delays And Staffing Shortages Could Impact Your Wedding in 2022

Although COVID-19 continues to plague the 2022 wedding industry and make planning more complicated, you can still pull off your dream wedding!

When you plan your wedding, you always know you need to include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. But if you’ll be getting married in the next year or two, you’ll also need something else: A whole lot of patience. 

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 Pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy, but it also ravaged the wedding industry. With so many postponed weddings now being scheduled for 2022, wedding vendors are gearing up to service one of the biggest bridal years we’ve seen in decades. Unfortunately, wedding vendors warn that they are unprepared to meet the demand due to lasting supply chain issues and staffing shortages. 

Common challenges brides and grooms-to-be may face this year include limited availability for wedding dates and vendors, and delays on important wedding attire, including bridal gowns. There is also an increased demand for outdoor weddings, both because of the nice weather during spring and summer, and because outdoor gatherings are generally thought to be safer in regard to preventing the spread of COVID-19. And with limited availability and increased demand, betrothed couples will also be facing higher prices to reserve wedding venues and vendors. 

While the staffing shortages and supply chain delays certainly make wedding planning more complicated, it doesn’t mean your dream wedding can’t happen. If you’re planning a 2022 wedding, here’s how you can rise above this year’s extra challenges! 

Host a weekday wedding! 

Especially if you want to host your wedding during peak wedding season (typically late spring to early fall), you may find that you have trouble finding a venue that can accommodate you on your desired wedding date. But since the most popular time of the week to get married is on the weekends, you may find you have better luck if you’re willing to host a weekday wedding. Weekday weddings can be a great option if you want to create a cozy, intimate atmosphere for your celebration. Since Monday through Thursday aren’t peak days, you will likely find that venues and wedding vendors have more availability. They may also offer their services at a discount since they won’t be in high demand on weekdays, making it a more budget-friendly option in an industry that is heavily impacted by inflation right now. 

Plan ahead. 

Wedding experts agree that the best thing you can do right now is to plan ahead and plan early. Book your wedding venue, secure your most important vendors, and purchase your wedding dress as soon as you can. Since many wedding dresses are made-to-order and have to be shipped to bridal salons before alterations can begin, brides should prioritize “saying yes to the dress” as soon as possible. If you’ll be purchasing a made-to-order gown, you should do so at least 9 months before your wedding date, if not sooner. Because of supply chain issues, the normal turnaround time for wedding dresses could be delayed. If brides wait too long to purchase their dress, they may be hit with exorbitant shipping fees to make sure their dress arrives on time or could be stuck with limited options to choose from, such as off-the-rack sample dresses available in-store. 

Don’t be too indecisive.

In a normal wedding industry, you would have the opportunity to think carefully before you make decisions about which venue and which wedding vendors to book. While these decisions should still be given some thought, you won’t have nearly as much time to hesitate because many venues and vendors are in extremely high demand. Don’t let someone swoop in and steal your favorite location or photographer while you are taking time to think. Instead, secure your favorite venue and wedding team as soon as you can. 

If you have extra money to spend, you could consider locking in a vendor you’re pretty sure you want right away and keep your eye out for alternatives. Typically, wedding vendors will require a non-refundable deposit, but you won’t need to pay their full fee until closer to the wedding. If you are willing to sacrifice your deposit, you can switch to another vendor later if you happen to find someone better. However, this isn’t the most ethical option. If you’re going to do this, read your vendor’s cancellation policy very carefully and give them as much notice as possible if you decide not to use their services so they can make themselves available to other clients. 

Stay open-minded during the planning process. 

We really are in unprecedented times. Prices are higher in the wedding industry due to increased demand, supply chain issues, and labor shortages. This is definitely a vendor’s market, and vendors may also be aware of limitations that brides and grooms-to-be are not, which could lead to higher prices. In addition to wedding vendors, materials to make decorations and wedding flowers are also in particularly high demand at the moment. 

Because of market conditions, you may find that your wedding budget isn’t taking you as far as you’d have hoped or expected. In this scenario, it is important to stay open-minded. If you find your budget isn’t aligning with multiple vendors, ask why instead of simply shutting them down and moving on to the next wedding professional. Allow wedding vendors to explain the factors and limitations that go into their pricing so you can understand and adapt as needed. 

Limited materials, resources, and shipping delays may also force you to get creative in your wedding planning and look for alternative options in some cases. For example, the increase in desire for outdoor weddings is causing shortages in tent rentals that provide shade and shelter from inclement weather. There are also frequent shortages in rentals like cross-back chairs, gold-brushed flatware, and the trendy linens that are popular this season. In addition to placing rental orders for your wedding early, be aware of how limited inventories could impact the cost and have backup rental ideas in mind just in case. 

Wait for the wedding industry to return to the status quo. 

If the current wedding market makes it unfeasible for you to hold your dream wedding now, you could wait an extra year or two for things to return to normal. Although experts estimate that it will take until 2025 for the wedding industry to fully recover, things will continue improving in the meantime. If now just isn’t the right time, consider hosting a smaller ceremony or having a courthouse wedding, and then hosting the bigger ceremony and reception you’ve been dreaming about when things calm down in a few years. It would be a great way to celebrate your wedding anniversary, too! 

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