Couples from North Texas are ready to walk this alley after trying to wait for the pandemic to end.
In the United States alone, new marriages are expected to increase by more than 50% this year, according to industry research firm The Wedding Report.
Planners, suppliers and sites say they are overwhelmed with demand, which has caused prices to skyrocket.
The sites are trying to accommodate couples whose dates have been pushed back one, two or even three times due to the pandemic. Suppliers face staffing issues, which in turn dramatically increases costs.
So, some couples are afraid to wait any longer to have that dream wedding.
“We had all the vendors in place, the location and all that. And for different reasons, including the virus, the lockdown and all that, we had to postpone,” newlywed Emmanuel Aguh said.
“I really didn’t want this to be postponed,” said newlywed Nakachi Aguh. “For me, when I have a date in mind, that’s all, it’s final. I don’t really want to move from there. I really don’t want to adapt a lot.
Between a family trying to get to North Texas from Nigeria, and different COVID protocols and travel restrictions, Emmanuel and Nakachi Aguh had to postpone their dream wedding twice. They finally got married last August, but it wasn’t easy. And yes, it cost them a lot more than they expected.
“We already had a budget from the start, regarding the first date, and having to push it, some vendors are asking for an extra because, hey, that wasn’t part of the contract in the first place, so having to give them a new date, they had to ask for more money, ”Emmanuel said. “Some salespeople canceled and said, ‘Hey, we’re sorry. Your deposit is gone. You had a deposit of $ 450 and you have to look for a new supplier, pay a new deposit. “
Aguh’s wedding planner Jewel Odeyemi said the industry is simply outdated right now.
“I’m forecasting about 15, 20 weddings a year, and of those about 10 have been postponed to 2021. And now you have a backlog of all the 2020 weddings coming up, hitting you all at once, plus juggling current customers who booked for 2021 also, ”said Jewel Odeyemi.
Additionally, the fear of any new cases of COVID-19 only further complicates what is already an arduous and costly planning process.
“So it’s a crazy process. You have suppliers who are overbooked. They take a little longer to respond to inquiries and return correspondence to our clients, then you have the new clients planning for 2022 and 2023. They also contact you with new clients and inquiries and you have the pasts, the present and the future, ”Odeyemi said.
“It was a lot. It was a lot of stress because imagine having to go through the whole process over and over again because you had to change providers because not all providers would be available, ”Emmanuel said.
If and when you find a supplier for your wedding date, it will likely cost you more. So, experts have some tips for keeping wedding costs as low as possible, such as:
- Replacement of professional bartenders and decorators with friends.
- Look in the suburbs rather than in the cities.
- Cut the guest list, sometimes cut it in half.
- Getting married during a hollow month.
- Or plan the wedding on a Sunday or a weekday.
The Aguh couple said they learned a lot during an almost 4-year engagement, but said it was worth it. Their advice: listen to your suppliers, listen to your planners and be extremely flexible in your planning.