The COVID-19 pandemic will leave a lasting effect on so many things and that includes the way we celebrate weddings.
On a weekend that typically marks the start of the summer wedding season, Leslie Mayes of NBC Connecticut spoke with event planners and a bride to explain how the pandemic could permanently change the industry. marriage.
When the wedding bells ring for Marian Andoh and her fiancé Trevor, their big day will be a smaller affair than previously envisioned. It is a result and perhaps a lasting effect of the pandemic.
“I had a bit of FOMO [fear of missing out] of not being able to organize the grandiose events that everyone can have, but at the same time I love intimate functions, so that was a bit of a relief, ”says Andoh, who had initially envisioned a large garden wedding. New York botany with 200 people.
The couple got engaged in November. With uncertainty over what the world would look like on their wedding day and a backlog of postponed weddings filling up available date dates, the couple pivoted, heading instead for a South African wedding early on. next year with only 50 guests.
Marian, a former wedding planner herself, uses a new expression to refer to the sleek “micro luxury” affair.
“Still very beautiful, it’s just smaller. So all the bells and whistles, just tiny, ”she said.
Couples like Marian and Trevor are joining trend planner Kimberly DeBose said he could stick around long after the pandemic with a few big bangs in favor of smaller and more intimate ceremonies and celebrations.
“Absolutely… weddings are going to be celebrated in a different way after the pandemic,” she said.
Debose postponed 20 weddings in 2020 because of COVID. She says many couples who call her in planning their wedding now have more meaningful guest lists and goals to make sure those in attendance have a magical time.
“People are really focused on inviting close family, close friends, and those who are going to support them in their marriage to celebrate this union,” DeBose said.
This is a sentiment shared by the organizers of the Aria Event Hall in Prospect. They have been extremely busy booking couples as restrictions have eased. They said that for couples who finally had the chance to get married, there was a renewed interest in the family.
“Most importantly, right now, they want to reunite their families. If anything comes out of this pandemic, family and friends are so important,” said Aria’s sales manager Lina Mosca.
Perhaps this is a positive change coming from this long period of uncertainty – getting new couples to focus on what really matters on their wedding day: love.
“In the end, we get married. It’s for us whether it’s four people there, just the two of us or 50 of us, ”Andoh said.