On a weekend that typically marks the start of summer wedding season, Leslie Mayes of NBC Connecticut spoke with event planners and a bride to talk about how the pandemic could change the wedding industry. marriage for good.
When the wedding bells ring for Marian Andoh and her fiancé Trevor, their big day will be a smaller affair than expected. 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 have the awe-inspiring events that everyone can have, but at the same time, I love intimate receptions, so that was a bit of a relief, ”said Andoh, who had initially envisioned a big wedding in one. New York Botanical Garden with 200 people.
The couple got engaged in November. With uncertainty as to what the world would look like on their wedding day and a backlog of postponed weddings filling up available date dates, the couple pivoted, opting for a destination wedding in South Africa instead early on. next year with only 50 guests.
Marian, a former wedding planner herself, uses a new expression for 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 join trend planner Kimberly DeBose said he could stick around long after the pandemic, with some dropping big shots in favor of smaller, more intimate ceremonies and celebrations.
“Absolutely… weddings are going to be celebrated in a different way after the pandemic,” she said.
Debose has postponed 20 weddings in 2020 because of COVID. She says many couples who call her to plan 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 the restrictions have eased. They said that for couples who finally have the chance to get married, there is a renewed interest in the family.
“Most importantly right now, they want to reunite their families. If anything comes out of this pandemic, family, friends are so important, ”said Lina Mosca, Director of Sales for Aria.
Perhaps this is a positive change to come from this long period of uncertainty: New couples are focusing 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.