The ongoing global pandemic has left no areas of the economy untouched. In particular, momentous planned events such as weddings have either been canceled, delayed until 2021, or are still up in the air.
Banquet halls, houses of worship, bakeries, photographers, flower purveyors and so many more connected professionals are taking a big hit — and that’s not even factoring in the massive fallout for the brides and grooms themselves.
It may not compare to matters of life and death, or even job layoffs, but having to postpone or cancel your wedding is a major letdown nonetheless. After all, couples have been dreaming about this day for their whole lives and may have been planning their big day for months or even years. Now, just like that, everything is being thrown for a loop.
If you or your loved ones are among those being impacted, there are a few things to keep in mind. In particular, the following are a few ways that the wedding industry is being impacted and what you can do about it.
1. Scaling Back
In spite of COVID-19, plenty of couples are still going through with their planned nuptials. And because they’ve already set a date, many soon-to-be newlyweds believe it’s more important to officially cement that bond than it is to have some extravagant affair. Ultimately, a wedding is more about the actual vows than the gathering and the party.
So, a lot of couples are simply scaling back. That may mean only having a few guests or perhaps shortening and moving the affair, as the details can all vary depending on location. But since many people are latching onto the idea of a “microwedding,” it’s best to embrace this reality if you find yourself in this scenario. It will definitely be an affair to remember.
2. Going Digital
An even more drastic option, for many people, has been moving the festivities online. This is quite the change! It can wind up being very creative, though, and a lot of newlyweds are reporting how much fun they had with a Zoom reception and digital first dance.
No, it’s nothing like the real thing. If you have older relatives or guests who don’t live nearby, however, it might just be the best solution. One thing is definitely for sure: You’ll never forget a wedding done over a conference call.
3. Giving Time
Though the day itself may be disrupted, the traditions surrounding it shouldn’t be. In fact, they may now be more important than ever. If you can’t be there to share the day with the bride and groom, gift-giving, for example, should become even more thoughtful.
Rather than trying to out-spend what you would normally buy, try to make things more personal. Get something from the heart that will lift their spirits. Perhaps pamper them with expensive wine or luxurious foods. Or, maybe even kick things up a notch with some bridal lingerie. Whatever you decide to buy, make sure it’s given with love.
Having a Great Wedding No Matter What
No one’s 2020 is going to plan. That goes for doctors and politicians as much as brides and grooms. To make the most of a bad situation, we have to adjust. When it comes to weddings, that may mean scaling back, going digital and putting more heart into the traditions.
If you have the right mindset, it shouldn’t be viewed or remembered negatively. Ultimately, it’s all about the bride and groom still enjoying their big day and feeling just as much love as any other newlyweds would under normal circumstances.