For weddings in the DC area, the smaller one might still be the choice
The good news for the wedding services industry is that weddings are back, although much of it is prepaid, with 24% of providers saying more than half of their dates are currently booked in 2021. are delayed 2020 events.
Wedding planners and wedding service providers, many of which are sole proprietorships or those with only a few employers, have been crushed in 2020 by wedding cancellations and postponements linked to the COVID-19 pandemic .
According to a survey by the wedding provider platform Zola, 58% of providers were able to serve less than 25% of their dates originally booked last year.
Many couples who postponed or canceled this main wedding in 2020 have had virtual weddings, or gatherings with only a few relatives and friends, in the hopes of having a more extravagant ceremony in the future.
This has prompted wedding vendors to get creative, offering everything from door-to-door wedding flower arrangements for Zoom weddings to pandemic-safe runaway packages.
Zola’s survey of vendors shows that DC-area couples who threw a wedding last year were more creative than many.
“DC has seen a huge increase in DIY weddings, more than other cities. So it looks like you have a lot of really creative couples who are willing to do a lot of DIY on their own, which is awesome, ”Zola’s Emily Forrest said.
The good news for the wedding services industry is that weddings are back, although much of it is prepaid, with 24% of vendors saying more than half of their dates are currently booked in 2021. are delayed 2020 events.
Zola, whose platform provides everything online or over an app, from finding vendors and venues to creating websites and invitations and setting up their records, said some couples are investing more in their weddings this year because they are very happy to finally have the event. For others, especially couples financially impacted by the pandemic, their wedding plans are cheaper than they initially expected.
Zola’s vendor survey indicates that, for DC-area couples planning a wedding, small gatherings are still preferred, even with the rollout of confidence-building vaccines.
“Smaller guest lists of less than 100 people or even 50 people will likely continue until 2022. I think as we continue to see what happens with the vaccine rollout that may change. “said Forrest.
Zola said 21% of wedding providers are fully booked at their normal capacity for 2021, and 12% are overbooked with more events scheduled than in previous years. And 30% say they haven’t seen a couple with 2021 wedding dates to re-let or cancel.