Nearly 250,000 weddings take place in the U.K. every year but if there’s one thing newly engaged couples won’t be promising this 2020, it’s “I do.” Under some circumstances, weddings with brigades of up to 30 people will now be permitted to take place in England starting July 4. But what about the couples who’d planned to receive hundreds of guests? Will they opt for a micro wedding or simply put off their big day a month at a time? Let’s take a look at how experts have weighed in on the fate of weddings after the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Many Weddings Have Been Postponed?
According to the international platform Belief Wedding Creators, while 6.29% of weddings have been cancelled entirely, 30% have been postponed to the latter half of the year. But considering the current state of the virus and its victims, is it still realistic to hope that a December 2020 wedding take place at all?
Giovana Duailibe, CEO of Belief Wedding Creators, believes in the power of a clear Plan B for weddings dated to occur in 2020, especially because they cost an average of $49,709 nowadays.
How COVID-19 Has Altered Global Perspectives on Weddings
Considering the sheer number of people who have been affected by the virus since its worldwide spread in March, is it realistic to wait to host 300 people at a wedding, even after the virus has run its course? Is it more of a loss to retain your registry date minus the guests, venue, and catering, or to totally pull the plug on your wedding?
In some ways, the stress of having to bin a grand wedding rather than simplifying it is far more extreme. Consequently, hundreds of brides and grooms are pushing through with civil ceremonies and putting their grand celebrations on hold.
The Rise of Micro-Weddings
Those indulging in elopement-style weddings that host only 20 to 50 guests are now birthing a ceremony style that has been playfully dubbed a micro-wedding. Before the pandemic, it was popular among cash-strapped millennials wanting to achieve Pinterest-worthy rituals on a budget. Nowadays, couples are having to choose between only two options: a micro-wedding or the far riskier go-big-or-go-home rites.
The Future of Modern Weddings
With a huge shift in traditional mid-year weekend weddings to weekday weddings taking place during the off-season, brides and grooms are also turning to more bespoke fashion pieces.
Once a massive trend in the last two years, budget, ready-made gowns produced by high-street brands such as H&M and Zara are now once again taking a backseat. Brides are turning to fairytale dresses with a classic wow-factor and picking out unique embroidery patterns.
As the pandemic continues to dictate our day-to-day, the drama of weddings will also continue to change. Newlyweds-to-be are worrying less about matching napkins and zeroing in on the symbolic aspect of a simple wedding. Thousands of couples are having to reassess what they consider essential and what might nowadays appear too frivolous.
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