What Will a Post Coronavirus Wedding Look Like for Those Wanting to Get Married?
Earlier this month we discussed the additional hardships couple were facing from cancelling or postponing their wedding due to the pandemic. Following on from this, we thought we’d examine what it may look like for couples looking to get married in the future, post lockdown and Coronavirus. Is it the end of the big white wedding as we know it?
The impact on weddings so far…
Since it was announced on 23rd March, lockdown put an immediate pause on all things connected to weddings so that we could contain and stop the spread of this deadly virus.
This has meant couples looking ahead to their upcoming nuptials for the rest of the year have been forced to cancel or postpone their special day until next year.
For others determined to still get married, it’s meant that instead of what you would call a “traditional white wedding”, video calling apps were used for family and friends scattered across the UK to witness the happy couple take their vows, most likely in their back garden. Not exactly what they would have imagined by any stretches of the imagination.
A study conducted at the start of June estimated that 64% of weddings in 2020 have been impacted so far.
So, what trends are we likely to see?
Budgets will be heavily reduced
Ultimately it will be the cost of weddings that will likely see the biggest impact. The overall average cost of people getting married has risen each year. Partly down to the increased exposure of social media piling more pressure on happy couples to deliver the most lavish and the best day possible.
But as people evaluate the true financial implications of the Coronavirus on their households, people won’t want to spend large sums of money anymore and could adopt the view of “there’s more to life than a really expensive wedding dress”.
Not as many people attending by choice and necessity
Lockdown restrictions are being eased by the week. As of the 4th of July, pretty much all business will be back in operation (with some exceptions) and two households of any size can meet indoors and outdoors.
Even so, peoples outlook to getting back to “a new normal” differ, with still a large portion of the UK population feeling apprehensive about easing too quickly and a second wave. There’s also the fact that large gatherings of people from many different households still hasn’t been given the green light, which means the recent yearly trends of smaller guest lists will inevitably reduce even more.
We’ve already seen shops scramble to apply tape and vinyl circles to floors so people can keep a safe distance from each other to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Anticipate round tables to disappear with longer tables taking their place. Sanitising stations will be dotted around the venue and don’t expect to come across photo booths where everyone piles in to continue.
However, possible the biggest change that will be seen is couples opting for food and decorations that is locally sourced. According to Hitched, the consequences of an economic recessions, even depression, will be felt for years to come, so supporting more local businesses will become more commonplace.
Sustainable, but opulent wedding dresses will be the new norm
It’s a trend that has been picking up some traction during years of austerity and the damaging effects of “fast fashion” becoming more apparent but it’s now set to become a more frequent fixture to the day.
The pursuit of second hand or vintage wedding dresses were already collectively up 38% year on year, so count on less extravagant dresses in some cases, more off the shelf purchases and more work for dress fitters reworking pre-owned ones.
Forget donations to your honeymoon, philanthropy is set to take centre stage
One of the shining lights of the global pandemic is how so many people, including prominent celebrities like Marcus Rashford, have come together to help those in need.
Whether it be fundraising for the NHS, making sure school children dependant on school vouchers get a meal each day, or helping community centres to stay afloat so they can be there in the future. Most of the public has helped in some way, so it’s natural to assume that these acts of kindness will continue and become paramount on the wedding scene.
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