How the Trucking Industry is Impacting Your Wedding and What to Do About It
Did you know that 71% of goods consumed in the US are put on a truck at some point? It’s no wonder that America’s trucking industry is so important to the economy. Recently, however, the trucking industry has been in the news for a different reason. A massive trucker shortage is causing disruptions to a supply chain already stressed thanks to COVID-19, and also driving inflation. (Not to be confused with the recent Canada border truck driver blockades, which are a separate issue.) Although there was already a truck driver shortage before the pandemic, with many truckers pivoting into different industries, the problem has now become critical. But what does this have to do with your wedding?
No truckers essentially means no product availability. Even if a product is ready to be used, if it can’t get to its destination in time, that’s going to be a problem. So one direct effect of this trucking industry crisis that you might experience is shortages of available rentals like furnishings, tents, and heaters. Another is abrupt price increases. Flowers are another potential problem area, with blooms getting stuck in transit or specific varieties being harder to source.
So, as an engaged couple, what can you do to plan ahead and problem solve?
Be patient. Suppliers’ hands are often tied. Understand that it’s not for lack of wanting to help. The more grace you show and the more willingness to compromise, the more they will be able to do for you. Trust the professionals to do what they do best.
Order early. For all rentals, it’s important to order early now. Although I have often ordered last minute in the past, you simply can’t do this anymore, as you’ll find there’s nothing left. This will also leave you without any time to make an alternate plan.
Get resourceful. Look around at what’s available to you locally or even through family and friends. Scout out flea markets and Facebook Marketplace. Connect with other couples getting married around the same time. There are always solutions to be found if you look for them.
Collect your own rentals. Find out if you have the option to collect your own rentals instead of relying on delivery. If you don’t have time before the wedding, you’ll often find that there’s a family member or friend who’ll be happy to help out!
Work with what’s available. For my current weddings, I’m being careful not to propose options to the couple unless I know that they’re in stock and available. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with something only to be told you can’t have it! So work with what you know you can source instead of trying to track down something you saw on Pinterest.
Get creative. Another approach is to get creative with your décor. For example, if you were planning a lounge, you could opt instead for a different type of installation. You may even find that you prefer Plan B.
If you have any concerns about the current supply chain issues and how they will impact your wedding, the best thing to do is to talk to your wedding planner and vendor team. Working together and clear communication can move mountains (if not trucks).
Image by John and Joseph Photography Inc.