What might a socially distanced wedding be like?

When restrictions begin to ease and weddings get the go ahead, they may well look different in a socially-distanced world. One thing is for sure – people will still want to get married – so how might ceremonies go ahead safely?

As the virus is less likely to spread outside, we may see an increase in ceremonies taking place in family gardens, or the grounds of a venue with an uptick in the use of marquees.

Whether a wedding takes place indoor or out, it is likely that guest numbers will be smaller as social distancing will have to be taken into consideration. During the ceremony we could expect guests to be far more spread out and even seated in households. Of course, because of the need for a smaller event, guests who can’t actually be there could always join in through a video service.

Given that as things stand, 14 day quarantines will be in force for people returning from abroad, destination weddings are unlikely to be on the cards for many couples, most of whom will probably stay local.

It might be that social distancing reminders will be visible at the wedding – not to mention face masks and hand sanitiser – and if it is a daytime event, that certainly reduces the difficulty of social distancing over a protracted length of time.

When it comes to wedding photography, while there should be plenty of focus on the couple, it’s going to be tricky to take the usual big group photos. Maybe pictures of household groups and a bit of clever Photoshopping could solve the conundrum.

Whatever the future holds, weddings are a joyful occasion and demand will be high as there is bound to be a backlog of postponed weddings as well as those already planned for 2021. But, even if couples have to change their plans drastically, it’s worth remembering that the marriage is the main event and they could always have a huge party later.

On the other hand, there might be a big increase in elopements, and you’ll still need a car…

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