The wedding ceremonies originally planned for 2020, 2021 and 2022 which could not be maintained, have been postponed to 2023.
Hence a phenomenon of traffic jam which complicates the organization of the bride and groom.
Providers already all booked, lack of staff, rising prices... These are the inconveniences that are to be expected to be able to say yes in 2023.
Get ready to receive at least one invitation card for next year.
In 2023, the number of weddings should reach 300,000, according to Clément Tournier, president of the Union of professionals in solidarity with events.
Unheard of, he assures: "From 2010 to 2018, we oscillated between 200 and 230,000 marriages".
The year 2020 has 154,000 marriages celebrated according to Insee, a historically low number due to the pandemic.
Have the couples gained in romance since?
Did the periods of confinement motivate them to swear loyalty to each other for the rest of their days?
What is certain is that the ceremonies initially planned for 2020, 2021 and 2022 which could not be maintained, have been postponed to 2023. A traffic jam effect which is not without complicating the organization of the future spouses who, for the most part, are on a long waiting list to book their providers.
Another unpleasant surprise: professionals in the sector had to increase their prices due to inflation.
details these galleys to be expected.
Providers already booked
“Wedding fair, communication… This is the first year since 2019 that there has been normal prospecting”, raises David Alferez, wedding photographer and videographer, co-director of the company Vanessa & David.
This year, couples no longer hesitated to book.
And if the machine was quickly revived, the service providers lack available slots and often suffer from a shortage of staff.
A situation that encourages couples to decide much more quickly than before.
"They are so refused that when a service provider is available, they sign almost immediately after the telephone meeting", assures David Alferez.
Regarding places to party, many requests too, but a limited number of rooms.
“Many of them closed after the Covid.
The castles, in particular, lived with the receipts of the weddings”, explains David Alferez.
However, "people are ready to pay more to get the room they want, or to wait another year, rather than fall back on another place by default", underlines the photographer.
A rise in prices
Another downside: the financial aspect.
If photographers have "not increased their prices", according to David Alferez, this is not particularly the case for caterers, florists, decorators and DJs.
And if Pauline Lohéac, founder and director of the wedding planner agency La Fabrique des Instants cannot yet quantify the increase practiced by the various providers, she confirms the inflation of the prices.
"Inflation, everyone suffers," she notes.
Rise in the price of energy, fuel, food, the current economic situation weighs on professionals.
A phenomenon that undermines the budget of couples.
“From 2021 to 2022, the overall score for a couple of bride and groom has increased between 2,000 and 5,000 euros, specifies Pauline Lohéac.
Instead of paying 45,000 euros, the couples paid between 47,000 and 50,000 euros”.
And according to the head of the company, the bride and groom will continue to suffer from the increase in prices in 2023.
Need to adapt
In addition, we are witnessing an extension of the wedding period.
“Before the covid, weddings were celebrated from May to September.
Now, the period starts as early as March and ends at the end of October.
In addition, the party no longer necessarily takes place on weekends.
“The Covid has changed mentalities.
Now people get married on weekdays, especially on Wednesdays or Fridays, ”explains David Alferez.
A financially interesting choice, according to the self-employed person: “Caterer, photographer, DJ, room… The overall envelope is 20 to 30% less expensive”.
On the benefits side, other timid alternatives exist to limit the effects of inflation.
And it is partly the role of wedding planners to find some for their clients.
“We have an advisory role.
For example, we will look for the cheapest flowers,” explains Marine Laurent, wedding planner at Jules & moi.
Professionals, too, must reinvent themselves.
"In several weddings, we no longer use plastic glasses, but returnable glasses", illustrates David Alferez.
And some couples have simply "reduced the gauge to balance", according to Clément Tournier.
Because the professionals confirm it: despite the obstacles, the French do not intend to abandon their wedding plans next year.
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