Trends always go through a metamorphosis during recession-type periods. Things inevitably move toward a more DIY approach, less costly, and more creative. It is actually a very exciting and fun time for the industry due to the innovation that happens during a downturn in the economy.
You see things such as:
- Video Booths (like a photo booth, but you can record video) as a substitute for videography costs
- Stores are now carrying a large supply of DIY invitation packets (you can find them just about anywhere now!)
- iPod mixing of music and iPod announcements that take the place of the master of ceremonies
- Centerpieces have moved away from floral arrangements and toward more simple/creative trends (candles, pictures, etc)
- Off-peak times & days (we are seeing more fall/winter weddings and Th & F weddings)
- Cutting guest lists to only the closest friends/family
- Destination events have become BIG – smaller guest lists and all-inclusive packages
- Venues that allow bring in your own vendors are more popular with couples so they can save money on things like food/beverages
- Beer & wine instead of full bars
- Local/Regional foods (local ingredients can cut costs tremendously
- Personalised monograms are being used as decoration (they highlight the dance floor, the walls, the napkin rings, the table cards, … it makes a big statement at a fraction of the cost of other décor items)
- Colors & more colors (color is being used as a means to play-up the space)
- One of the best things a couple can do is to hire a full-planning coordinator. Crazy, right? Nope.
Any professional coordinator will save you at least what they cost you if not more by helping you find the things you need at the costs you want. Wedding statistics say that 90% of couples spend 1 ½ times their original budget. A coordinator can help you stick to your budget and that includes their costs.