Are you getting married in 2022? There’s been a lot of talk on social media about 2020 and 2021 couples recently, but I know that there are still plenty of people getting married in 2022. And why you should be ignored right!? So here’s my advice to you if you’re getting married in 2022.
Book a Venue ASAP
Due to the number of weddings rescheduled from 2020 and 2021, there is currently a higher demand for 2022. That shouldn’t be scary; suppliers are incredibly excited to get back to work and help you create your wedding day, and we’re all finding ways of making it work.
Most venue cancellation terms dictate that 2021 bookings must wait until six weeks to 3 months before their date before deciding to reschedule. These terms mean the further through the year we get, the more 2021 couples will move to 2022.
It’s a good idea to start looking for venues now as it can be quite a long process. You won’t be bothering the venues by enquiring too early. Frankly, I’m sure they’ll be glad to have something to look forward to!
The sooner you start this process, the more choice you’ll have. That can never be a bad thing, right!?
Wedding insurance is mostly unavailable at the moment, and if you do find a policy, it won’t cover against anything COVID related. There are still a few policies which protect against suppliers going out of business, cancellation, and a few other things, so the existing providers shouldn’t dismiss it altogether.
If you’re particularly concerned about a particular element, look to have an insurance policy purpose-written for that component. I’m working with couples to have small policies drafted, which will protect them against certain situations like damage to the venue, unexpected illness, and other terms that insurance policies would typically cover.
I’d hope that by summer some of the usual suppliers will start to offer policies again, but we can’t be sure if those policies will be the same as they were before and what the cost will be.
Lock in your key suppliers
Similarly to venues, suppliers are also starting to book out their 2022 dates with new couples and reschedules.
If you have your heart set on particular suppliers, the earlier you can make contact the better. Some types of suppliers can do two weddings on one day, like some caterers, but a photographer can’t physically be in two places at once.
This is perhaps the only time that the sales phrase “book early to avoid disappointment” is valid!
My definition of key suppliers might be entirely different for you. Try to think about the elements you feel are most important or have a particular preference for. For example, if you would like a real niche style of makeup and not many people offer it, it’s best to get this locked in ASAP.
Lack of motivation
Understandably, you might not feel motivated to plan your wedding when weddings are banned. If you feel cautious, concerned, even angry that this is effecting your experience, that’s all completely valid.
But there are some instances where I think it’s important to put that aside for a bit and think of your future self. You don’t have to do it for long. Spend an hour or so trying to find some venues that you think you will like. It will stand you in good stead in the long run.
2022 couples are facing a pretty unique experience. For the most part, wedding planning isn’t like the films tell you. Add that with a global pandemic, and you’ve got a pretty strange situation to deal with.
Get COVID terms
We can all hope and pray that COIVD will be nothing but a distant memory by the time we get to 2022, but the last few years have taught me that it’s so much better to make sure you have a safety net and not need it than to jump with no parachute.
We don’t know how long the aftermath of COVID will go on for, so it’s best to have terms to cover you just in case. I’d be looking for fair terms to both you and the venue, and assurance that if any of your close family members get ill, you can move.
Sometimes being safe means looking at unfortunate circumstances, so look for clauses relating to the company/person going out of business. Hopefully, you won’t be faced with this problem, but it’s good to know where you stand.
Getting married in 2022?
If you would like to chat with a professional about getting married in 2022, please feel free to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.