One of the most affected businesses in the world is the wedding industry. Travel bans, shelter-in-place orders, and social distancing measures have pushed many partners to downscale or cancel their weddings. It’s not certain when the virus will subside and finally become history for us, but of course, couples do still want to get married, despite how different the events industry is now and in the future.
We spoke with several events and wedding organizers, along with a medical specialist, about what changes will be seen and what may never be seen in weddings post-pandemic.
Big weddings with hundreds of guests will most probably be very rare, if not impossible.
Grand weddings won’t be as common after this global crisis. Wedding and event planners have already noticed a progressive trend of more intimate wedding receptions even before the pandemic. With COVID-19, it will most likely be going to become a larger drift, to have a wedding that’s smaller and more focused on the newlyweds and their families and making the celebration more about them rather than the previous events that have made weddings less meaningful. A known infectious disease expert also believes that stopping the trend of big weddings is surely for the best from a personal and public health perspective.
You will scarcely see men and women dancing all together on the dance floor.
You can show your moves as much as you can, as crowds in dance floors won’t be as packed as before. Perhaps some people might have the guts to dance with strangers still after the pandemic, but it surely won’t be as cheery and relaxed. It might not be strictly recommended, but limitations should be set. People must know that dancing with someone you know is one thing, but when you dance wildly and without preservation while drinking some spirits, your risk of getting infected with the virus increases significantly.
Wedding bars will have a new face.
One thing you might notice first is the bar without the tender. Drinks in wedding receptions may change direction from bartenders mixing drinks for the guests to individual drinks prepared for them to take. An owner of a popular events planning company was quoted saying that the look of wedding bars will change. “In big hotels,” she said, they typically open a bottle of soft drinks. Perhaps we will be seeing more of these individual bottles.”
The buffet-style will probably become outdated.
It’s time to bid farewell to buffets. There has been no proof confirming that the virus is transmitted through food, but buffet-style meals will not make social distancing easy. Yes, one cannot ingest the coronavirus, but when there are several people sharing food in one table, whether it’s buffet-style of whatever style it may be, there is sharing of food, glasses, and utensils. The opportunity for transmission is there; hence, the risk is high.
Large grazing tables and family meals may be substituted with more sanitized choices.
Grazing tables and family meals have become a budding trend in the wedding and events industry previous to these dark times. Still, experts say that they might not be able to regain popularity post-pandemic. These would most likely go away for some time, even when the pandemic will subside and end. People are more conscious about getting infected with almost anything, so there won’t be much interest in a grazing table.
Nuptials won’t be booking for only one wedding date.
Yes, because it will hurt to cancel an already planned grand event because a pandemic hit the world. This happened to Princess Beatrice, who couldn’t push through with her wedding because of the COVID-19. Future clients will be smarter and more prepared and will likely integrate a plan B, or the probability of rescheduling their wedding date.
Post-coronavirus, new contracts will be made, and fresh styles in wedding decoration and planning will be created. Clients will haggle for a chance at having a second date, and organizers will be obliged to be more understanding of their pleas. The pandemic has changed a lot in the wedding industry – and each one of us.