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Classic staples make a comeback

Couples look to shake off the pandemic in 2023


There’s no doubt that 2022 was an enormous year for weddings.

Millions of couples who delayed or outright cancelled their wedding plans during the COVID-19 pandemic decided to tie the knot after pandemic restrictions fell away. As case-counts dropped, weddings came back on a nearly unprecedented scale.

As many as 2.5 million weddings took place last year, according to a sample collected by The New York Times, up from 2.2 million in 2019, the year before the pandemic began. That’s the most since 1984—leaving some big shoes to fill for 2023.

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