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COVID Still Affecting Weddings Two Years Later

Like many brides, Alicia (Simpson) Sullivan, formerly of Pine Township, knows what it’s like to have the COVID-19 pandemic interfere with her wedding plans. She was originally supposed to marry husband, Eric, in March of 2020, but then the lockdowns came, and the date was pushed back until that summer, but then things were postponed again.

“I always say that planning a wedding during the Covid-19 pandemic should be considered an Olympic sport. Virtually every detail of our wedding was changed in some way because of the pandemic. At first, it was sad, frustrating and overwhelming, even though we knew we were making the best decision by prioritizing the health and safety of our family, friends, and community,” said Alicia.

Alicia and Eric finally did get married this past June 2021. “When our big day (finally!) arrived, it was better than we ever could have hoped for. Our indoor hotel ballroom wedding reception scheduled for a Saturday in March turned into a warm Friday evening in June, under a beautifully lit outdoor tent. While these changes felt like sacrifices when we initially made them, they ended up giving us an entire extra day of celebrating with our out-of-town guests and a quiet day of relaxation before leaving for our honeymoon. Looking back, our wedding couldn’t have been more perfect, and I couldn’t envision it any other way.”

Photos courtesy of Amber Marie Photography

Now, brides are facing a new conundrum of a bridal boom and supply bust. According to the Knot Worldwide, there is a 25% increase in wedding demand this year because there is a backlog of brides whose weddings were postponed combined with those couples who have been recently engaged, and they are competing with so many other brides for dresses, venues, etc. To complicate matters even further, the supply chain crisis is making goods scarce—everything from paper shortages for invitations to flowers for bouquets. Pair that with a labor shortage that is impacting everything from dress manufacturers to floral designers to servers at wedding venues and you have a sticky situation that is expected to last throughout 2022. So, what’s a bride to do? Industry experts are advising several things. First, be flexible. You may not be able to secure the venue of your dreams for a summer wedding on a Saturday, but if you consider getting married on an “off day” like a Thursday, you may have a chance. Another tip is to plan far in advance. The average time to wedding is now taking 14 months. If you are recently engaged, you can’t start planning too early.

Also, be sure to stash more cash in your wedding budget because a simple rule of economics shows that when things are in short supply, prices rise. Expect to pay a bit more for everything. Therefore, it’s wise to sign contracts now before prices rise even more.

This may all seem a bit discouraging, but as we know, love will find a way!  CLICK HERE to read our entire 2022 Wedding Guide.

Weddings Under COVID

Weddings Under COVID 

By Janice Lane Palko 

While most everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, sometimes the world intervenes making that impossible. World War II was such a case. When the country entered the war and men enlisted to join the war effort, there was a drastic spike in weddings. According to a 2017 New York Times articles looking back on war brides, it stated that “In 1942 alone, 1.8 million weddings took place, up 83 percent from 10 years before. And two-thirds of those brides were marrying men newly enlisted in the military.” 

Weddings with all the trappings were abandoned and “Stories abounded throughout the country of small wedding cakes baked with rationed ingredients, and of brides wearing modest, nontraditional dresses, some even made of silk from the parachutes that they had saved from their grooms in battle.” 

This past year, the world intervened once again with the COVID-19 pandemic, which wreaked havoc on weddings plans. Most weddings scheduled for 2020 were either postponed or modified in some way and 2021 seems to be still fraught with uncertainty. I know a bride from my neighborhood who last fall abandoned the big wedding for a small family gathering, because “she just wanted to get married.” I know of someone else who chose to get married in a neighboring state because they had looser restrictions on the guest count. I have also heard of a few couples who got married in church and have opted to schedule a marriage celebration when we are free from COVID.  

But what if you still have your heart set on the dream wedding? How does one have a wedding during a pandemic?  

The key word is flexibility. And generally, the bigger and broader the wedding celebration the more flexibility you will need. For instance, you have more of a possibility of holding your wedding if you have a smaller guest count. Presently, indoor events are only permitted to be at 15% of capacity. You may have to wait longer to have a wedding with 250 guests.  

If your dream is a destination wedding at a villa in Tuscany, you may have to wait until next year as international travel is iffy right now. You have a greater chance of having a wedding closer to the U.S. in the Caribbean than abroad. Keep in mind, that guests may be hesitant to travel though. 

All this uncertainty can be quite nerve-wracking, but there are some tips to consider to help navigate a wedding when the world has been in lockdown. First, consider hiring a wedding planner. A planner can monitor the situation and can offer advice as well as making the couple aware of what to look for when signing contracts with vendors in light of COVID. They can also work with vendors if plans need to be modified.  

If you’re recently engaged, you may want to consider booking vendors now. There is a “backlog of brides” and once things open again, there is going to be a rush on finding florists, photographers, etc.  

While “perfect weddings” are nice, in truth, they are a bit boring. It’s the things that go wrong—the best man leaving the rings back at the house, the limo breaking down, the groom fainting—that make life and wedding interesting and memorable. Look on the bright side, 50 years from now, think of the stories today’s COVID wedding couples will have to share with their grandchildren.   

By Janice Lane Palko 

While most everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, sometimes the world intervenes making that impossible. World War II was such a case. When the country entered the war and men enlisted to join the war effort, there was a drastic spike in weddings. According to a 2017 New York Times articles looking back on war brides, it stated that “In 1942 alone, 1.8 million weddings took place, up 83 percent from 10 years before. And two-thirds of those brides were marrying men newly enlisted in the military.” 

Weddings with all the trappings were abandoned and “Stories abounded throughout the country of small wedding cakes baked with rationed ingredients, and of brides wearing modest, nontraditional dresses, some even made of silk from the parachutes that they had saved from their grooms in battle.” 

This past year, the world intervened once again with the COVID-19 pandemicwhich wreaked havoc on weddings plans. Most weddings scheduled for 2020 were either postponed or modified in some way and 2021 seems to be still fraught with uncertainty. I know bride from my neighborhood who last fall abandoned the big wedding for a small family gathering, because “she just wanted to get married.” I know of someone else who chose to get married in a neighboring state because they had looser restrictions on the guest count. I have also heard of a few couples who got married in church and have opted to schedule a marriage celebration when we are free from COVID.  

But what if you still have your heart set on the dream wedding? How does one have a wedding during a pandemic?  

The key word is flexibility. And generally, the bigger and broader the wedding celebration the more flexibility you will need. For instance, you have more of a possibility of holding your wedding if you have a smaller guest count. Presently, indoor events are only permitted to be at 15% of capacity. You may have to wait longer to have a wedding with 250 guests.  

If your dream is a destination wedding at a villa in Tuscany, you may have to wait until next year as international travel is iffy right now. You have a greater chance of having a wedding closer to the U.S. in the Caribbean than abroadKeep in mind, that guests may be hesitant to travel though. 

All this uncertainty can be quite nerve-wracking, but there are some tips to consider to help navigate a wedding when the world has been in lockdown. First, consider hiring a wedding planner. A planner can monitor the situation and can offer advice as well as making the couple aware of what to look for when signing contracts with vendors in light of COVID. They can also work with vendors if plans need to be modified.  

If youre recently engaged, you may want to consider booking vendors now. There is a “backlog of brides” and once things open again, there is going to be a rush on finding florists, photographers, etc.  

While “perfect weddings” are nice, in truth, they are a bit boring. It’s the things that go wrong—the best man leaving the rings back at the house, the limo breaking down, the groom fainting—that make life and wedding interesting and memorable. Look on the bright side, 50 years from now, think of the stories today’s COVID wedding couples will have to share with their grandchildren.   

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