Are you among the many couples whose wedding plans had been dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic? Did you have to postpone the event, or make some huge changes… such as reducing the guest list or livestreaming the ceremony? If so, don’t worry because you are not alone!
Indeed, the current health crisis has affected numerous wedding engagements around the world. At the same time, however, it has also led to the development of certain “trends.” If you are planning to tie the knot anytime soon, check out these wedding trends in the time of COVID-19:
1. “Micro” Weddings
As the term suggests, “micro” weddings are weddings on a smaller scale. Let’s remember that the government has laid down some rules, including a limited number of guests in social gatherings. Hence, would-be brides and grooms will have to make do with smaller weddings.
Of course, you can always look at the bright side… Having a “micro” wedding means lesser costs; plus, you get to limit the guest list to your family and close friends – the people who truly matter the most. You can expect to enjoy a more intimate and special event, indeed!
2. Outdoor Venues
If you’ve always dreamed about having an outdoor wedding, now would be the best time to do so. You could opt for a garden wedding, a beach wedding, or even an intimate ceremony in your own backyard! Not only will you enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of nature… You’ll also be able to practice “social distancing” more easily in outdoor venues.
3. Virtual Ceremonies
Video conferencing is usually done in the workplace, especially by colleagues located across different parts of the world. These days, virtual weddings are fast becoming a trend as well. With so many remote communication platforms available – Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, and more – couples can “livestream” their weddings for guests who are unable to attend physically. They can watch and join the celebration, wherever they may be!
4. Going “Local”
Nowadays, many couples are becoming more conscious about sustainability, opting for locally-sourced materials instead of ordering items from far away. Indeed, weddings and events these days are all about going “local.” For example, if you have a friend, relative, or neighbor with a small business (e.g. food catering, floral arrangement, photography, etc.), then consider hiring his/her services to help boost the local economy. Let’s support one another!
5. Plated Course Meals
For now, buffet tables are being replaced by plated course meals, keeping in line with social distancing measures. This may be different from the wedding buffet tables that we’re used to, but it actually presents a great opportunity to “personalize.” For instance, you can include a handwritten note to every individual plate, making the experience extra special for your guests!
6. “New Normal” Giveaways
Since everyone is expected to follow health and safety protocols, you could put together some “new normal” items as giveaways. Customized face masks and hand sanitizer sprays – designed with personalized stickers – are just some examples of “new normal” wedding favors.
Although the whole world continues to face the pandemic, couples should not be hindered from having the wedding of their dreams. They can have a “micro” wedding, an outdoor wedding, or a virtual wedding ceremony. By going “local,” serving plated course meals, and giving away “new normal” wedding favors, they can still look forward to enjoying a unique and memorable event. After all, the wedding must go on, even in the time of COVID-19!