The Future of Weddings Post Pandemic
After 18 months of lockdowns and disruptions, it's good news for the 260,000+ affected couples in England; weddings are back on! With social distancing measures lifted and no restrictions on guest numbers - what does the future of weddings look like after the pandemic?
Throughout the last year and a half, we've lived through various lockdowns with confusing rules and ever-changing restrictions, it's been an emotional rollercoaster for many couples across the country. It takes a lot mentally to have to rearrange and postpone the day you've been planning for and looking forward to, all the while trying keep the joy and magic of a wedding alive.
We’ve all become so much more adaptive as a result of the pandemic, from virtual planning meetings, video tours of venues and bridal appointments over zoom, the entire industry has had to make changes. With many weddings having been reduced to only a handful of guests, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen an increase in smaller, more intimate ceremonies at outdoor venues. Looking ahead - are these smaller weddings here to stay?
Smaller ceremonies allow you to have more time together as a couple and more time to spend with each of your guests. With fewer guests, your wedding is less about what other people want your wedding to be and removes some of the pressure around traditions. Couples can be more confident in making decisions that are right for them. With lots of time spent at home recently, we’ve also seen many couples getting creative and DIY-ing their own wedding favours, wedding stationery and signage, allowing them to have a really personalised and unique wedding day.
Additionally, we’ve also seen many couples opting for a small wedding now and a big celebration a year later, couples planning multiple celebrations with family across the world, or even having a much larger wedding than they ever planned to because they’ve missed out on seeing so many friends and family members throughout the last 18 months. As many travel restrictions are being reduced and we‘re gaining more confidence in booking travels overseas, lots of destination weddings are on the cards for 2022 and 2023.
Across the country recently we’re seeing a massive surge in wedding planning as well as huge amount of positivity and excitement throughout the industry. I’d love to hear about your own experience of planning a wedding as we come out of a pandemic, has the pandemic influenced the wedding day you thought you wanted? Let me know in the comments.
Photography - Melissa Megan Photography
Florist - Smoke and Thistle
Venue - Silchester Farm
Hair & Make Up Artist - Katy Djokic
Wedding Dress & Accessories - The Bridal Dress Company
Earrings - Rachel Sokhal Bridal
Model - Leyla Ucar