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How are you handling wedding plans in the midst of a Pandemic?

In a normal year, lots of Americans would be getting ready to attend summer weddings right about now—steam-ironing new suits and sundresses, ordering gifts for the happy couples, writing toasts, rehearsing dance steps securing vacation days to travel out of town. But as we all well know by now, 2020 is no normal year. The global pandemic and the social-distancing policies that have been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and have effectively ruled out large gatherings and made many people nervous about travel, in particular the elderly, who much more hesitant to go far from home.

En masse, weddings have been dramatically downsized, postponed, or canceled. The virtually nonexistent wedding season of 2020 promises to be a strange May-to-October stretch with an anomalous number of free weekends. And there’s a strong possibility that our current weirdness will last, that weddings as we know them—grand, festive events, with extended family and friends in attendance—won’t be the norm again for quite some time.

Social-distancing measures are likely to make big wedding celebrations essentially impossible for the rest of this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that Americans cancel gatherings of more than 10 people or more and for organizations that serve higher-risk populations, and many states have imposed limits on the number of people who can gather for any sort of party or big events. Of course this has put a dent in the wedding industry, from the caters, disc jockey’s, photographer’s and videographers to the florist and the venue halls are all feeling the pinch of what this pandemic has caused.

A Philadelphia based wedding planner told me that a few of her clients whose weddings were planned for spring and summer 2020 have chucked their original plans for a big event and gone the mini-money route. This is especially true of those who want to get married on the sooner side so they can start a family. But more common, as my source and other people who work in wedding-adjacent industries told me, are the clients who are (perhaps optimistically) rescheduling their weddings for the same weekend next year. As a result, scores of weddings that were supposed to take place in 2020 have been moved to 2021, and they land on the calendar on top of the weddings that were already planned for 2021 before the coronavirus arrived.

So the question becomes what should couples do if they wanted that huge wedding with all of their friends and family in attendance? Well talk to their venue staff, their wedding coordinators, their photographer’s and florist. And if a wedding is a must have right now then plan for the ceremony later down the road where those family and friends can be there to celebrate this union as husband and wife.