Are you one of the unlucky ones that had to postpone your wedding this year because of COVID-19? You’re not alone. My heart really goes out to you if your wedding or event has been affected by this awful pandemic. Planning a wedding isn’t easy – it’s exhausting, emotional, and stressful even without a global pandemic and social unrest. However, this additional time has also allowed us to reimagine what weddings and celebrations really mean to us, as well as giving us more clarity to see what’s most important in our lives. With that said, some of you may have rescheduled to a new date or are still waiting for things to settle down before committing. As a wedding vendor, I can tell you that this health crisis has completely disrupted the wedding industry and weddings as we know it. But don’t fret – I do believe this is temporary and I also believe that weddings are more meaningful than ever because of it. Read along to see some predictions and new trends that couples are aadopting to safely celebrate their big day…
Large weddings of 300+ people may be no more …at least for a while. Since weddings are typically large social gatherings in a limited amount of space, the risk of COVID-19 infection is relatively high. Travel restrictions may also hinder attendance. For future weddings, I am seeing a trend of smaller, intimate weddings of around 50 people or less – mostly for very close family and friends. Even if this pandemic is temporary, people might organically opt for smaller weddings in the future exemplifying the “micro wedding” trend.
Many couples are sticking with their original date and having a private ceremony, opting to reschedule their reception or host an anniversary reception later the following year. For most, ceremonies are about your commitment to each other and therefore — why postpone that? The celebration part can always happen at a later, safer date. Plus, with so much uncertainty around COVID-19 and large gatherings, the logistics of planning such a large event may be futile if plans might change anyway.
Planning a wedding during a pandemic means that communication is everything. I can’t stress this enough. Sending updates to all of your guests in an efficient way is key right now, and working with a stationer who understands how to help you communicate changes and procedures is invaluable. As a stationer, I can tell you that couples are sending additional inserts regarding COVID-19 updates, as well as making sure their wedding websites are updated with the latest information. Here are just a few of the ways to utilize paper inserts:
The format of weddings are definitely changing to adjust to physical distancing rules. Some of the ways couples are adapting to these changes are as follows:
The good news? If there’s anything that this health crisis has taught us, it’s that human connection and the celebration of LOVE are more important than ever, no matter how (or when) you decide to celebrate it!
Have any of these tips resonated with you? How has this pandemic affected YOUR wedding plans? I’d love to know what protocols you’re making. If you have a moment, would you fill out this quick (~5 min) survey about your wedding plans? We are all figuring this out as we go… your feedback will be so helpful as I navigate how to serve my clients during the age of COVID. Thanks so much for reading! Stay healthy!
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