3 Essential Tips For Your 2022 Wedding

Hello Smooch Readers!

Can you believe it’s already February? That means we’ve almost made it successfully to spring. Days are growing longer, and our gardens are waking from winter hibernation with fresh blossoms and the subtle song of migrating birds. There’s increasing excitement around the Abernethy grounds and a flurry of off-season property improvements in motion. Indeed, we’re full steam ahead for the 2022 wedding season!

For many of you, 2022 to-be-weds, the Big Day is just four to eight months away, meaning you’re in the final countdown of planning and preparations. You may be excited, overwhelmed, or a combination of both. But you are not alone! The Abernethy team is here to help. Today, I have three tips for 2022 wedding success that will direct your focus, inform your to-dos, and help you stay calm preparing for the big day.

Book Your Vendor Team Now

The competition is fierce, my friends. According to industry analyst, The Wedding Report, an excess of 2.5 million weddings will happen in the US, the most in any single year since 1984. The surge in celebrations means it is getting harder to find great vendors for 2022 weddings, as so many are fully committed. Now’s the time to review your wedding plan and determine if there are any vendors you still need to book. If you need recommendations or advice, check out our Preferred Vendor list, a collection of outstanding local wedding professionals right HERE.

Pro Tip: Make sure don’t forget anyone! Here’s a list of potential vendor categories to cross-reference 

  • Photographer
  • Florist
  • Hair & makeup pros
  • Cake baker
  • Coordinator
  • Music pros (DJ, live musician, or sound equipment rental)
  • Videographer
  • Stationer (invitations, escort cards, etc.)
  • Officiant (and marriage license)
  • Rentals (lounge areas, photo walls, etc.)
  • Favors
  • Signs
  • Transportation
  • Hotel accommodations

Prepare For COVID

Big weddings are back, and we don’t expect any shutdowns or gathering restrictions this year. That’s the good news! Yet, scientists warn that COVID isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. Leaving many couples wondering how to keep guests safe and still have fun.

Do my guests need to wear masks? Can we still have a dance party? How is the food going to be served? 

At Abernethy Center, the health and safety of our couples, guests, and team is the top priority. All of our staff members wear masks, and there are hand sanitizer stations throughout the venues. You can read about our COVID policies and find the answers to many frequently asked questions HERE.

Couples can opt for extra security by providing onsite COVID testing or asking their guests to get vaccinated & boosted. If you anticipate that family or friends may not travel, book live streaming services, and everyone will feel included, regardless of geography. Our favorite is Married Live Stream, a husband & wife team from southern Washington that does incredible work and waives their travel fee for our Abernethy couples. 

Pro Tip: You can also inquire with your DJ, many offer wedding live streaming packages. 

Embrace the Process

I know; easier said than done, especially after talking about over-booked vendors and the unpredictability of COVID. Indeed, 2022 to-be-weds are navigating some unique challenges. But, the truth is your wedding day will be extraordinary—a day of love and magic, unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Keep your eyes on the prize, and remember your big day is whatever you make it. It’s your day to shine, and whether your wedding happens on a sought-after Saturday or sometime mid-week, your friends and family will relish the opportunity to celebrate your love.

When you feel overwhelmed or begin second-guessing yourself, take a pause and deep breath. Lean on each other as a couple and remind yourselves what really matters: saying “I do” to a lifetime of love and partnership with your best friend.

Pro Tip: If you find details stressful or decision-making overwhelming, a wedding coordinator may be an excellent investment to provide assistance and overall peace of mind during the planning process. Plus, they’ll manage all decor and details for you on the wedding day. You can learn more about Abernethy wedding coordination HERE.

To all our 2022 Abernethy to-be-weds, we’re so excited to welcome you, wow your guests, celebrate your love, and see what comes next in your grand adventure called life! Keep us updated by tagging @abernethycenter on your planning posts. And follow us on social to connect with other couples, get creative ideas and uplift your journey to “I do.” We all have so much to look forward to!


xo Sara

Smooch is the official blog of Abernethy Center. A full-service wedding and reception venue just on the outskirts of Portland in the heart of historical Oregon City, Abernethy Center has two distinct gardens, a gorgeous chapel, and an elegant Grand ballroom spread out over 9 acres. With twenty years in business, an expert culinary team, and a tremendous staff experienced in providing exceptional service, we have everything for the perfect, uniquely yours Oregon wedding. 

Abigail’s Garden —– Veiled Garden—–Abernethy Chapel—–Grand Ballroom