The Wedding Report often send out data on wedding trends, and I thought it would be fun to highlight a few now that the year is coming to and end!
For 2008, the number of ceremonies held indoors was 52% vs. 48% outdoors. Now, this is of course nation-wide data, and Michigan does see fewer outdoor ceremonies and receptions! Non-traditional indoor venues are more popular though, with couples choosing locations such as the reception hotel, museums, galleries, theaters, and alma maters for a more unique indoor ceremony site.
Turning to receptions, 69% nation-wide were held indoors, vs. 31% outdoors. Tented weddings are wonderful, as they still keep out most of the elements (and in Michigan, that’s a plus!).
For 44% of couples, the ceremony and reception take place at the same venue. This is great for those looking to cut down on costs: typically, the ceremony is included or deeply discounted if you also hold the reception at a given location. There is often no need for a limo or shuttle service since everything is happening at the same place. Delivery fees are reduced for flowers and decor, and often the DJ can play ceremony music as well if string instruments are out of the budget!
Speaking of the economy, there is one trend that is disheartening. A total of 62% of couples are forced to cut their wedding budgets due to the economy by an average of 32%. Even worse, 16% of couples are postponing their weddings an average of 10 months. This results in a loss of deposits, a struggle to keep on budget as usually this decision is made after the venue has been booked (and therefor couples are stuck with certain minimums and/or food costs).
With so many couples trying to save on cost, the need for someone to help coordinate, budget, negotiate contracts, and set up DIY items becomes even greater – which is one of the reasons why I think my business is continuing to grow! 2009 is going to be a great year, I have so many exciting weddings coming up that I can’t wait to help unfold, and a couple for 2010 already in the works. I also have plans to add a “timeline only” service to couples who cannot afford a planner but need help organizing the day in a way that they can understand and that will make them more comfortable going into the big day!