Why You Can Expect to Spend More on Your 2021-2022 Wedding


If you’re planning a wedding in the midst of a global pandemic, you deserve a serious pat on the back. It’s a hard time for everyone, but especially those trying to plan the most important and momentous day of their life. If you feel like you’re meeting resistance every step you make throughout the planning process, you’re far from alone. The wedding industry has had to make drastic pivots to not only keep their client’s plans in motion but also to keep their jobs afloat. 

“At the beginning of the pandemic, weddings came to a sudden halt (as did everything else!) and couples were forced to postpone, and some cancel, due to not being able to host their original guest count,” explains Erica Estrada, San Francisco-based wedding planner, and designer. “It was an extremely sad and, quite frankly, stressful time for so many with many losing large amounts of money that had already been paid toward executing their wedding day.” 

Meet the Expert

  • Erica Estrada is a San Francisco-based wedding planner, and designer.
  • Oniki Hardtman is a wedding planner and owner of Oh Niki Occasions in South Florida and New York City. 
  • Jamie Chang is a destination wedding planner at Mango Muse Events in Los Altos, California.
  • Ashley Mason is a wedding planner and owner of Saunter Weddings in Dallas.

Now that we have a better grasp on how to handle planning during a pandemic, as well as an understanding of how to execute safety precautions such as from temperature checks and sanitation stations to rapid COVID tests, planning has become a bit more streamlined. But as a result of all of these added concerns, new areas of attention, and financial losses from the 2020 season, some vendors are raising their costs.

“Flower farms lost acres and acres of product for the weddings that were not allowed, then causing an increase in florals to pay farmers and an increased demand of flowers once weddings began to resume,” explains Estrada. “Just like any other profession, most wedding vendors work in this industry full-time and having months with no weddings and the turn of the industry for the foreseeable future, price increases to make a living may be the only way many will be able to sustain during this time.”

While there’s an expected increase in prices from one year to the next in any industry, including weddings, the pandemic has especially opened the eyes of vendors in the industry.

“We now realize that we have to be even more profitable in order to run a business that is sustainable through unprecedented times,” explains Oniki Hardtman, a wedding planner and owner of Oh Niki Occasions in South Florida and New York City, who also points out the supply-and-demand effect of such situations as the pandemic on business.

“As many weddings from 2020 were postponed into 2021, that automatically created a very full wedding calendar for 2021, which created a situation where vendors will be stretched to their limits in the upcoming wedding year,” she says. “It will take additional staffing and manpower to be able to support a robust calendar of weddings and events in the 52 weekends in the year.”

If you’re in the midst of planning your 2021 or 2022 wedding, it’s true that you might be facing higher prices than if you were wedding shopping in 2019 pre-pandemic. (According to the 2020 Brides American Wedding Study, the average cost is $28,964.) But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your life savings on your wedding. Here are some expert-approved tips on how to cut costs on planning a wedding post-pandemic. 

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