Published: Tuesday, May. 10th, 2022
We just asked 250 people in relationships that are planning to get married what they want most from a wedding ceremony, and the results were shocking:
This surprising insight into what couples really want – versus what many of us see trending in popular wedding blogs and magazines – could have big implications for this wedding season… and the future of the wedding industry in general.
The results also offer valuable insight for wedding officiants looking for ways to best serve their couples as they take the leap into marriage.
So, let’s take a look at the data, and unpack what it might mean for you as a wedding professional!
We asked 250 people who plan to wed in the next two years the following three questions:
1. If you could have your way, would you rather get married by simply signing the marriage license with an officiant, without any guests?
2. What is the ideal number of wedding guests at your ceremony?
3. Does the idea of getting married in front of a large number of guests make you uncomfortable?
The results were clear:
Most couples want to skip the wedding ceremony and get married as simply as possible – by signing their license with an officiant. Many of these couples will probably have a ceremony anyway, but they’ll try and keep things as small as possible. And some couples still want to go big, but this group is smaller than before.
54% of couples said they would rather skip the marriage ceremony and simply sign a marriage license. 20% said they might want to skip the ceremony.
Only 26% of couples were certain that they wanted a wedding ceremony.
54% of couples say that the ideal number of wedding guests is between 10 - 50 people. 19% said they’d prefer fewer than 10 people to attend. And 28% of couples want more than 50 people to join them on the wedding day.
Nearly half of all couples, 47%, say they’re uncomfortable standing in front of a large crowd on the big day. 36% say they don’t mind a crowd watching them take their vows, and almost 17% aren’t sure how they’ll feel when the time comes.
From where we stand, this means that wedding officiants can best serve their couples by:
And we predict the growing demand for small and informal ceremonies will lead to more friends and family members being asked to officiate – something that we love to see! These sentiments will also see couples exploring more diverse venues, times, and locations.
For professional officiants, our advice for the coming months is this:
There’s no ‘take-two’ when it comes time for a couple to say ‘I do’-- Wedding officiants only get one shot to perform a perfect wedding ceremony.
Give yourself the tools and training you deserve to succeed as a wedding officiant, so that you can stand beside the lucky couple with complete confidence on their big day.
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