Understandably, because of the pandemic, many couples have chosen to postpone their wedding until 2021 and for many wedding suppliers, next year is being booked up fast with weekdays and off-season months becoming a palatable alternative.
However, some couples have picked the date (or kept their original date) and planned their wedding in full knowledge of the restrictions involved and with no expectation of anything changing – perhaps because of the date’s special significance for them or simply because they don’t want to wait. After all, no-one really knows when this is going to be over and restrictions may well be the way of the world well into the future.
So, instead of postponing their wedding or even ignoring the restrictions at the peril of themselves and others, some couples are taking it in their stride by using Zoom, having food delivered to guests taking part and generally adapting to the current restrictions in ways that may go on to become a choice, even when the pandemic has passed.
Weddings taking place from home might increase, with in-person attendance from select groups of socially-distanced local guests to cut down on travel. Other guests would take part via Zoom. At the ceremony itself, households or bubbles would be seated on their own tables at which the wedding food has been packed into individual hampers.
Personalised masks and plenty of hand-sanitiser will simply become unremarkable, sanitising the bathroom after use will become expected, social distancing reminders could be as tastefully designed as the invitations of old, and maybe dancing ceases to be so ubiquitous in person.
Nevertheless, if there’s a way to manage a large, safe dance floor at the venue, then a Zoom disco might be on the cards after the ceremony, food, toasts and speeches have all been live-streamed.
Future weddings might start to look a little different, and standard procedure might become quite far removed from what we have taken for granted for so many years.
However, making our peace with the new normal means that weddings can still be joyful, fun-filled events that provide an opportunity to invite more people remotely and celebrate a wedding’s meaning with our loved ones, just like we always have.