Sellers welcome marriage boom amid hurdles (VIDEO)
The average cost for wedding vendors of flowers, food and services is likely to rise due to inflation and supply chain issues.
From vows to vendors, the demand for wedding services is skyrocketing.
Across the United States, COVID-weary couples are ready to celebrate their big day and are turning to the wedding industry to make it happen.
Bria Helgerson is the Executive Chef and Creative Director of Flourish Cake Design in Chicago, IL. Between postponements and new proposals, she says services like hers book up quickly.
“I tell customers I’m like, ‘Got a supplier you want? Book it. It doesn’t matter how far, book it, because all bets are off this year and next year, and can -be 2024,'” Helgerson said.
It’s not just the cake slot couples fighting over the schedule.
From florists to photographers, vendors from all corners of the wedding industry are receiving a flood of inquiries.
“You went from the COVID era without any inquiries because no one could have open-gate weddings,” said photographer William Decosta. “We receive on average between 10 and 12 requests a day.”
Many providers say that while the return of business is welcome, they have had to reconsider the price of their services, with supply chain disruptions and inflation being two of the drivers behind these decisions.
“If you haven’t raised your prices at all, you’re going to suffer,” Helgerson said.
According to wedding planning site The Knot, in 2021 average costs for vendors included: $2,300 for flowers, $2,500 for photography, $500 for the wedding cake, and about $75 per person for the wedding. restoration. Industry experts say these prices will likely continue to rise.
Maddie Wilson and Ryan Cliff have been planning their wedding since November 2019 and are finally set to tie the knot in June. Like many couples, they say finding the right sellers for their price range took some research.
“I think the food was, like, our biggest fight,” Wilson said.
“When we went for tastings and talked to different food vendors, the prices they were giving us were pretty outrageous,” Cliff said. “We eventually found one that was more reasonable, but we love the food, and it ended up working.”
After the long delayed journey, some couples go the extra mile.
“People aren’t like serving everyone the same flavor of cake, they’ll have two or three different flavors, because again, it’s more fun,” Helgerson said. “So having fun indoors and outdoors is something I’m seeing a lot more of this year, which is great.”
Seems to be a crowning achievement for what will already be a special day for so many couples.