Wedding venues are booking fast, even on weekdays!  Waiting until 2023 is encouraged by wedding planners, so much that delaying the nuptials may become Tyler's newest wedding trend.

The average cost of a wedding went down last year because, well, Zoom weddings are on the cheap side.  Brides and grooms had to scramble to adapt to COVID restrictions and some held video conference weddings with a judge, while other couples ended up canceling their weddings entirely.  In 2019, the average wedding cost $28,000, and last year that was down to $19,000, according to The Knot.

And now, because of COVID-delayed weddings, there's a backlog in the system and suddenly everybody wants to do it.  Couples put their romantic priorities in order during the pandemic, and said now many venues, caterers, and photographers are booked solid into 2022.  And it's not just Saturdays that are the issue.  The venues are booked for Tuesday and Wednesday weddings as well.  If you have inked a wedding venue this year in Tyler, you are winning.

Next year could be a record year for weddings, so it's not just us.  Planners have seen so much activity and interest so far that they're saying around 2.5 million weddings will take place in 2022 nationwide. That will be the most the U.S. has seen in nearly 40 years, according to The Wedding Report.

These are some of the best wedding venues in Tyler, according to Yelp.

1.  The Villa in Tyler

2.  The Old Omen House

3.  The Folmar

4.  Bella Vista

5.  Centaur Arabian Farms

Teeny tiny weddings have been catching on too, and that might be a reaction to the bigger venues having a lack of space.  A micro wedding usually has a guest count below 60 people, and it still has a photographer, flowers, and cake.  Micro weddings can cost as low as $1,000 and might run up to $6,000, but they're a whole lot less than a traditional wedding with minimal frills.

A backyard wedding or a quick trip to the courthouse might be in order, right?  It's the same result, and you can get that done now rather than wait up to two years for a larger ceremony.

However you do pull it off, congrats! It looks like you'll be starting married life well-practiced in the area of patience, and that may come in handy down the road too.

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