2010 Wedding Trends and Wedding Market Forecast
As Wedding professionals, we have seen many changes occur in the wedding industry during 2009. Difficult economic times have changed the way couples plan, budget and pay for their wedding. Many of the trends we saw develop in 2009 appear to be continuing into 2010. This prediction is based on a report released today from a leading Wedding Statistics and Market Research company. Below is a summary of research data collected for the upcoming 2010 wedding season.
- The estimated number of weddings that will occur in 2010 is 2.16 to 2.18 million
- The estimated spending per wedding will average between $20,000 and $22,000
- The estimated average number of guests at 2010 weddings is 135 to 145
- Couples will want simple yet elegant events at a lower cost.
- Couples will choose DIY (do it yourself) and thriftiness as a way to cut expenses.
- DIY is bigger than ever and will continue to increase on items from Invitations to flowers.
- From the dress to shoes, vintage will be in big demand.
- June 2010 will be busier than normal. Couples that put off their 2009 June wedding because of the recession, have booked for June 2010.
- Candy Buffets (aka. Candy Bars) will be a very hot trend.
- Warm, bright, bold, and vibrate color tones are in for 2010.
- In vintage style, black and white photography shots will be in higher demand.
- While it hasn’t gone mainstream, video streamed live weddings will continue to gain interest.
- Tungsten is the hot metal for 2010. Couples are looking for both engagement rings and wedding bands in tungsten.
- As was the case in 2009, couples will continue to want package deals over a la carte.
- As with 2009, couples will continue to rely on family and friends to save money.
- As with 2009, we will continue to see smaller weddings with fewer guests.
One of the most notable trends that we see continuing, is the shift toward DIY for several products/services that in previous years, couples relied on professionals to provide. Be sure to read our related article regarding this trend: How NOT to Save Money on Your Wedding.
Please be sure to leave a comment below and tell us how these predictions compare to your wedding plans.