Wedding bells are in the air

1950s bride and groom
A photo from my mom and dad’s wedding in the 1950s.

We are driving six hours to a wedding this weekend. I’m a little concerned because I think it’s outside at a winery and it will be around 100 degrees. Hopefully only the ceremony is outside and the reception will be inside. We will see.

During COVID shutdowns, weddings were postponed. Now we are getting a plethora of wedding invitations.

The last wedding we went to was in February 2020 — right before the shutdown. We learned after the wedding that the father of the groom was hospitalized and put on a ventilator with COVID. That was scary but thankfully he recovered. I felt sick a week later, but that was before tests were available. I may have had it — or not.

My daughter was a bridesmaid in Montana recently. The next weekend she was at a wedding in Utah. The third weekend was a bridal shower in Los Angeles. I thought that was a bit much, because the three brides were all on the college swim team together and friends. Many of their guests overlapped. That’s quite the wedding gauntlet.

My kids are at that age. Their friends are getting married. Their friends’ parents are our friends — so we are getting invitations, too.

According to Forbes Magazine “The U.S. Expects a Wedding Boom in 2022.” No kidding. Written by Tanya Klich, she shares the data on the boom:

There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. 

“Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.

While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.

I can’t imagine what a wedding would cost today with the increased prices of food, flowers, and supply chain issues. There’s something else I noticed….more and more wedding invitations are online with links to bridal registries. I haven’t received any thank you notes, either. Maybe it’s too soon.

Are you getting more wedding invitations lately? How many of your friends postponed weddings due to COVID?

Me and my hubby on our wedding day next to Aunt Ann and Uncle Luciano.

28 thoughts on “Wedding bells are in the air

  1. Not yet…one wedding this year, but most of the kids are too young. Plus, New Yorkers tend to marry later, or not at all

  2. Love your hat. We recently went to the wedding of one of my daughter’s friends. They had known each other since kindergarten (in their 30’s now). Our daughter was the officiant. It was a 3 hour drive so we spent the night. Probably wouldn’t have done that if it wasn’t so important to our daughter. Had a good time though.

      • Agree, luckily, I’m done this year UNLESS there is a surprise wedding that pops up. I also learned that unless I’ve seen the friends in the past 5 years, I don’t want to go to the weddings. A lot of $$ to do so, and afterwards, we realize it wasn’t necessary. Some friends we had in our life and we have just moved on. SURE there are nice memories, but we don’t have anything to take about and we don’t even know their children.

  3. Ha! 6 hours! How many bar and grills did you pass up to get there? Never mind, it was a trick question because one is too many. Besides, better to get a plethora of wedding invitations then a plethora of funeral invitations.

  4. Yes, weddings seem to be on the rise! My kids are all in the right age bracket and many of their friends are tying the knot! It’s an exciting time of life. Love the wedding pics, you are just lovely. Hugs, C

  5. What are the restrictions at weddings during covid times??
    Here only 25 people are allowed. And if the wave is at the peak, only 10 people. Now, wedding season will start again in july. And there’s no such restrictions.

  6. You looked so beautiful on your wedding day. Some of my friends and cousins are getting married soon but not till late July/August or December.

  7. Two family members are marrying; one in 2023 and the other in 2024. One in Mexico and the other in a different state a very long ways from us. We will be at both in spirit! Glad to hear weddings on the rise. I married (the first time) in 1984. I had no idea that was a banner year for marriages! Love your pictures! Is that adoration I see in your eyes? How many years, if that’s not too personal a question to ask. Mona

  8. Both of my BFF’s children got married this year, but probably would have done anyway i.e. not Covid-delayed. The daughter and her spouse I’m now living with temporarily have been to a whole lot this year. Like some have commented, I think they must just be at “that age”.

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