Weddings After Covid 2021
A tradition and necessity in our society, weddings play an important role in people’s lives. It may arguably be the most important and memorable day, but now coming with a twist. Almost all couples canceled or rescheduled their wedding in 2020 due to restrictions from COVID-19. Some have pushed through in creative ways, while most are waiting for the right time.
Activities for Covid Weddings
Currently, most weddings have been postponed to 2021. The industry has taken a major blow, especially since it’s one of the least essential industries. But, there are some weddings going on; some couples have figured out how to make a covid wedding special.
One possibility, in accordance to local and state laws, allows couples to have a wedding with a maximum of 50 people in the room. Some have gone to outdoor venues to maximize the amount of guests. Custom masks are in huge demand, and can create a flow during the wedding. Dancing could be tough, but doable with proper social distancing.
Broadcasting wedding ceremonies has become more popular as couples look for ways to share their special day with faraway friends and family — and Bruns suspects livestreaming is set to become a common part of 2021 weddings. Virtual weddings are on the rise, but through my personal experience, are no where near like the real thing. Virtual weddings consist of the couple, officiant, camera crew, and the host/MC in the same place. The camera crew is in charge of broadcasting the ceremony, host, etc, to virtual guests watching. Guests can take turns talking to the couple. Everyone could also eat at the same time. Like I said, nothing like the real thing, but if you really want to get married, this is a way!
Well, based on the ever changing science, we may be able to get back on track in Spring 2021. According to the CDC, the more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading. Weddings will also be subject to change because of federal, state, and local laws at the time.
If weddings do come back in the Spring of 2021, they won’t look the same as they once did, at least not right away. You can expect regulations from the venue, spread-out seating arrangements, mask requirements, sanitizing stations, microphone cover ups, spread out dance floor, contactless greetings, disposable features, outdoor settings, etc.
In terms of pricing, there’s some additional costs as well as some cut backs. For example, venues will be limited on space, therefore allowing less guests to enter. If that’s the case, you may have to either cut back on the amount of guests or find a larger venue.
Wedding planners are being asked by their clients how the wedding industry is going to look in 2021, but "unfortunately we know as much as anybody else does at this point that we don't know what's going to happen," Shah said [a wedding planner].
So what now?
Well, it depends who you are. If you’re in the wedding business, there aren’t many options to choose from. Catering is at a halt, venues can’t legally be packed, entertainment and media are at a halt as well. The best thing for you to do is to close future clients, reschedule the cancellations, and keep going!
For couples, it’s up to you on whether you want to wait until times are better or if you’d like to pursue the wedding soon. Virtual weddings and small, intimate weddings are the go-to ways to have a Covid Wedding!
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