Many entrepreneurs enter the market with the best intentions yet struggle to survive due to a lack of operational and financial experience.
Post Covid the wedding industry experienced a rapid growth in revenues which exceed 26.58% in 2022, causing a surge of new venues and wedding vendors to enter the industry knowing that consumer savings and disposable income were readily available. In 2023, the wedding market quickly contracted and returned to a normal growth rate of less than 9% while entrance into our industry continued at a very brisk pace. Many entrepreneurs enter the market with the best intentions yet struggle to survive because of the lack of operational and financial experience.
In 2024, the contraction of growth is predicted to continue and fall further to less than 5% growth in revenues and a tightening of consumer discretionary spending. A significant event in 2023 which was the return of student loan payments immediately had a negative effect on discretionary spending with 44 million people now faced with monthly debt payments. Demand for wedding services is vulnerable to economic conditions, and typically drops during periods of economic uncertainty and volatility. Consumer spending on catered events decreases when finances are tight and may use value-oriented alternatives and options.
According to the 2023 Wedding Report released in the 4th quarter of this year. 2,016,383 weddings will take place in the US in 2023 at an average cost of $30,266. While the number of weddings is projected to dip slightly next year (to 1,998,165), spending is still expected to rise to $31,118, before the wedding count rebounds in 2025 to 2,006,904 weddings with an average spend of $31,695. As wedding costs rise, more than a third (36%) of respondents to the survey, which included various categories of wedding vendors, say they’re seeing a 10-24% cut in guest counts and an average decrease of 15-20% in wedding budgets. Also, almost half (46%) of respondents believe their business will be better off financially a year from now.
In recent financial surveys the key concern for small business owners is retaining employees, meeting payroll, and managing the bottom line until inflation stabilizes. In the next few years, it will require small business owners to take a disciplined approach to balancing financial management and sales management. As a lender and business owner myself, I have successfully navigated four economic downturn cycles and continued to maintain a profitable business and helped the majority of my clients remain in business. The information shared in this interactive conversation will be both informative and practical, helping you to achieve a balanced growth of your business.
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Contributor: Jerry Bazata
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