What to bear in mind when planning your 2022 wedding

14 Dec 2021

Things every couple should consider when wedding planning in 2022 

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While we have not yet seen the last of Covid, the return of weddings since Freedom Day continues to excite and enthuse us for the year ahead. 

There have been a number of wedding trends to come out of the pandemic, from smaller, scaled down weddings, to a rise in open air celebrations. However, it remains to be seen whether these trends are here to stay, and whether coronavirus will shape the weddings industry as we know it. 

What we are seeing now is a changing landscape for weddings, with various factors couples should bear in mind for their wedding in 2022 and potentially beyond. If you're planning a wedding in 2022, here's what to consider ahead of time. 

Venue and supplier availability

With the weddings of 2020 and 2021 rescheduled for the coming years, venue and supplier availability is at an all-time low. To avoid missing out on the venue of your dreams, you could consider marrying mid-week or in the off-season, from November to April, when there will be more choice open to you. 

Experienced wedding suppliers may also be hard to find as their diaries are looking busier than ever.  

Illy Goodall, wedding planner and owner of Illy Elizabeth Weddings – based in London, says “Desperation to secure a wedding supplier in 2022 is leading many couples to settle for services from poorly regarded suppliers, or new suppliers who lack experience in the field. And with many suppliers upping their cost - sometimes up to 200% - couples could end up losing significant money if they make the wrong decision.

"It’s never been more important for couples to either use a reputable wedding planner, or make sure they’re doing their own thorough research and checking contracts carefully to avoid being disappointed."


Above: Hannah Busing via Unsplash

Government rules

The easing and tightening of Covid-related rules and restrictions may be here to stay for a lot longer than we initially hoped for. That's why it's important that you stay up to date with government advice at gov.uk and clarify anything that requires explaining with your venue or supplier team. 

While testing isn't compulsory, it is wise to ask your guests to take a Lateral Flow test the day before your wedding to ensure peace of mind for everyone in attendance. Lateral Flow tests can be conducted at home and ordered free of charge at gov.uk. 

The rules surrounding face masks/coverings and social distancing are constantly changing. Consult gov.uk for updates and check with your venue team too. 

Bride Amy Matthews, who married Jack Basson at The Night Yard in Canterbury, Kent in 2021, says: "Don't let Covid spoil your day, whatever the restrictions at the time. It will be memorable regardless."


Above: Jeremy Wong via Unsplash

Travel restrictions

While the world looks set to open up again in 2022, quarantine rules are still in force for many countries, meaning travel still isn't as easy as it used to be. If you have guests travelling from abroad, discuss their options in advance of their big day.

You should also be prepared to show understanding if guests don't feel comfortable to travel, and try not to feel disheartened if anyone is unable to attend your wedding day. 

Technology is allowing guests who can't attend an event in person to still make an appearance. Skype, FaceTime and other video streaming services can make this possible. Ask your venue what video link equipment they can provide. For those wishing to take technology a step further, see how this bridesmaid appeared as a hologram at her best friend's wedding

Travel rules should also be considered by couples hoping to honeymoon in 2022; take a look at our top travel tips for the year


Above: Anna Vi via Unsplash

Ventilated spaces

Keeping your venue well ventilated and encouraging the use of outdoor spaces has never been more important, so discuss this with the venue team ahead of the big day. An outdoor ceremony and/or reception in the spring or summer time will be welcomed by all, and allows you to take full advantage of photo opportunities with the natural world as your backdrop – weather permitting. 

Whatever you decide, one of your utmost priorities is ensuring that all your guests feel comfortable and content throughout the day, so keep them at the forefront of your mind when making decisions. 

By preparing for all eventualities in advance of your wedding day, you will ensure that all bases are covered – allowing you the opportunity to fully enjoy the celebrations stress-free. 

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