It’s an unpredictable time for weddings. Thousands of events across the globe have been cancelled, leaving many wondering if, when, and how their wedding will happen. As restrictions are beginning to ease worldwide, couples and wedding industry professionals are starting to figure out what weddings will look like in a post-COVID world. Below, we delve into a few of the key ways that weddings are likely to change due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smaller Guest Count
First, there is no disputing the fact that smaller gatherings are less risky than larger ones when it comes to COVID-19. Thus, we predict that more intimate weddings will be a major trend in the years to come. Where guest counts of 150 plus were previously the norm, we expect this number to fall below 100.
Additional Cleaning Measures
COVID-19 has given a whole new meaning to personal hygiene. Additional cleaning and sanitation measures are guaranteed to be introduced in venues. Hand sanitizer, face masks, disinfectant wipes, and even gloves should be accessible to guests throughout the day. In addition, you will see vendors emphasizing the different cleaning protocols they are now following. We encourage all couples not to shy away from asking their vendors what new protocols they’ve put in place. Questions could include, “how are you cleaning the item we’re renting from you?” and “will staff be wearing PPE?”
Spaced Out Seating Arrangements
While inviting fewer guests and taking additional sanitation precautions are great first steps, it will be necessary to rework seating arrangements. More specifically, chairs and tables are going to have to be spaced out much farther apart than they were previously (at least one metre). For example, gallery tables that may have comfortably seated twelve people, will now only be able to seat half that number. In addition, when creating the seating chart, couples will need to consider which guests are most at-risk. If you have an elderly relative, then you’ll want to make sure they aren’t seated anywhere near your cousin who frequently travels for work.
When it comes to catering, say goodbye to buffets and family-style meals. Moving forward, plated meals are likely to become the norm. Simply put, it is safer to consume food that you know has only been in contact with the kitchen staff. Further, it would take far too much time for guests to fill up their plates at a buffet with social distancing measures in place. In addition to dinner, couples may also want to consider plated rather than passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour.
With smaller guest counts and border closures still in effect, we predict that the live streaming of weddings is going to rise in popularity. Whether someone is unable to travel or has an autoimmune issue, there are several reasons that guests won’t be able to attend your wedding during COVID-19. Luckily, there is another option: live streaming. Embracing technology on your wedding day will make everyone feel included.
Although COVID-19 is guaranteed to change the future of weddings, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your love for one another. Rather, you’ll just have to do so with a few health and safety precautions in place.
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