In many ways, the way we prepare for marriage and weddings has remained the same. Choosing your budget, a guest list and managing money are still a few of the toughest decisions you have to make. However, the way we go about these things has changed drastically in the last 10 years.
People are getting married later in life. Taking into consideration the increase in college debt and life-expectancy, it makes perfect sense that people are waiting until they’re closer to 30 to tie the knot.
Announcements are changing. In the last 10 years there has been a drastic change in the way people announce their engagements. There has been a recorded 121% increase in announcements via social media!
While we once waited to hear this exciting news in person, you can now find out faster than ever that your favorite couples are headed down the aisle.
People are staying engaged longer. While engagement season and wedding dates have remained similar, people are opting for longer engagement times. In 2007 the average engagement time was only 8 months while now it has risen to a year or more!
Technology has become vital in planning. In the past decade we have seen a drastic increase in the way people plan their special day. In 2017, six times more couples use mobile apps and online resources to plan their weddings. Not only this, but people are spending more time planning them! The amount of time people spend planning a wedding has increased from 6 to 8 hours a week; that’s 416 hours a year!
The way people communicate about their weddings has changed as well. Along with an 8% decrease in phone calls, we have seen a 150% increase in the amount of texts sent! Fifty-three percent of couples even reported that they use the internet to decide which vendors to meet in person.
People are spending more. On average, people spend $100 more per guest than we did in 2007! Why? Studies show that 4 in 10 couples feel pressured to have the perfect wedding; that’s 77% more people than we saw 10 years ago! Along with the increase in pressure, people are using twice as many vendors at their weddings, including: DJ’s, Caterers, Florists, Photographers, Planners and more! Most people however reports friendships with their vendors, and a love for the people who made these crazy wedding times a reality.