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Mass Weddings Might Be the Biggest Trend in 2022

Published Monday, Aug. 30th, 2021

Happy brides and grooms pose outdoors during a festive group wedding, or mass wedding. They are wearing white pants suits and dresses, the men wear white button up shirts with black pants and suspenders. They are shaking champagne so that it sprays up into the air and everyone is smiling.

Have you been asked to attend or officiate a large group wedding or mass wedding yet? You probably will be!



What do you do when you only have one wedding venue, one wedding officiant, but dozens of couples all wanting to get married on the same day? 


Well -- you throw a mass wedding, that’s what! 




A large wedding toast, the photo shows many men and women holding their champagne flutes in for a group toast

Congratulations to you, and you, and you, and you! 



After more than a year and a half of pandemic related cancellations and postponements, the wedding industry is finally making a comeback… and it seems determined to make it all at once. 


Wedding vendors are being bombarded with calls from couples in a hurry to say “I do,” and this epic ‘wedding boom’ is putting a strain on available resources. 


Many venues are booked through the end of the year and into spring, caterers and florists can’t meet demand, and even wedding officiants are feeling the crunch. In fact, some of our ministers that we talked to are booking well into 2022 and 2023, and some as far out as 2024 and 2025. That’s almost unheard of! 


Couples are being forced to compete with each other for wedding dates and vendors, and many are (once again) having to wait for a chance to wed.



Couples want to get married *right now*… and with as little hassle as possible. 


But couples are fed up with waiting to wed. They’re fed up with limited dates, cancellations and postponements, lost deposits and ever-changing public health guidelines. And many are on tighter budgets and tighter timelines than they were when they first started booking wedding dates back in 2019 and 2020. 


They just want to get married quickly and easily, without missing out on any excitement. 

Many are turning to elopements and micro weddings officiated by friends and family members, which we absolutely love to see. But small ceremonies can’t always provide the fanfare and novelty that some couples crave. 


That’s why we expect mass weddings -- and more specifically, mass elopements -- to be one of the biggest emerging trends of 2022. (No pun intended!) 




That’s why we expect mass weddings 
-- and more specifically, mass elopements -- 
to be one of the biggest trends of 2022.





A group of many brides walk outside during a large group wedding ceremony, they all wear white dresses and several have lace parasols, wedding fans, or carry white wedding balloons

Here come the brides!



How do mass elopements and mass weddings work? 


All a couple needs for a successful group wedding day is a wedding license and something special to wear. They show up at a stunning venue on a set day at a set time, where a wedding minister is ready to marry them -- along with dozens of other couples who are just as excited as they are to start a new life together!


This easy-breezy approach has the same appeal as a quick elopement in a Vegas chapel, but with more bang per buck. The venue only needs to be decorated once, only one wedding officiant needs to perform the ceremony, but dozens of couples can say “I do” in style. And depending on the venue, couples can even invite all their loved ones to watch them take their vows. 


It’s a win for everyone! 



So, wedding officiants -- Why not consider adding a mass elopement and mass wedding package to your services list? 


Set aside a single day and time each month, choose a single venue, and marry multiple happy couples at once! Public parks, community centers, and restaurants with plenty of space to social distance and follow safety precautions all make memorable options for a group wedding. 



A large toast at a group wedding reception, the photograph shows dozens of couples holding up their glasses to toast

When it comes to group weddings, the more the marrier. 



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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