The Marrying Americans in the Midst of COVID-19 (And Beyond)

In a normal year, plenty of Americans would be getting ready to attend weddings now – ordering gifts for the happy couple, steam-ironing sundresses and suits, rehearsing dance steps, securing vacation days for destination weddings, or helping the couple plan their DIY wedding programs.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is not a normal year. The global health crisis and implemented social-distancing policies have ruled out gatherings and made many people wary of leaving their homes.

As a result, weddings have been postponed, downsized, and canceled. Couples have canceled shopping for dresses and silicone rings as they faced the nonexistent wedding season in 2020. And there’s a probability that this season may last, and the weddings people know of – grand festivities with friends and family in attendance – will not be the norm for a long time.

Social Distancing First, Weddings Later

Social distancing measures are the primary factors that make big celebrations impossible for the rest of 2020 (and potentially in 2021). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still discourages social gatherings with more than ten attendees. Also, many states have limited the number of guests for any celebration or event.

Many couples pushed their ceremonies to comply with social distancing measures later this year. But as the pandemic continues, more couples are downsizing their celebrations into minimalist wedding ceremonies.

These miniature ceremonies are small enough to comply with size limits. The attendees are usually the couple’s close family members. Some traditions are also held online. Guests can watch the wedding via a video conferencing platform instead. Most couples opt for a miniature ceremony and plan a bigger celebration after the pandemic.

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What Does Wedding Season 2021 Look Like?

Couples who originally planned big weddings in 2020 have settled for a miniature ceremony. This choice is ideal for couples who wish to get married sooner to start a family. But some teams also rescheduled their wedding for the same weekend in 2021. As a result, marriages that were supposed to occur in 2020 land on the calendar on top of weddings planned for 2021 before COVID-19.

However, there’s no way to determine whether the normal wedding season is probable by this time in 2021. Strict health measures will most likely be in place in many states, making it difficult for vendors to commit to big weddings.

Small and low-key ceremonies are currently more appealing since they can adapt to any COVID-19 restrictions placed this year. But even without the limits, couples planning their wedding now realize their preferred vendors are booked until 2021. This pushes some teams to prepare for a scaled-back and simpler wedding day.

Vendor availability will also impact the current wedding culture. Economic hardship has forced smaller vendors and venues to reduce or close their services. Some vendors try to stay afloat by asking clients to pay their fees beforehand. Still, business closures are inevitable, so couples will have to start over their wedding plans. Others choose to elope, which could mean holding a small and low-key ceremony, holding a self-uniting wedding, or getting married at a courthouse.

A Glimpse of Post-Pandemic Weddings

Once restrictions are lifted, and people can throw big weddings, celebrants and their guests will celebrate as if the pandemic never happened since people will greatly appreciate these moments. But once people can freely gather and move around, there is no guarantee they’ll want to celebrate in large numbers. Experts have noted that COVID-19 could heighten Americans’ fear of health risks.

Since large gatherings remain potential hot spots for disease spread, weddings’ average size may remain small. Also, people might feel a lingering hesitation with non-essential travel, preventing out-of-town family and friends from attending.

Some couples may not be financially capable of throwing a big wedding. The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused financial hardship for plenty of people. Weddings are already known for being pricey celebrations; a lavish wedding may seem more of an unnecessary luxury. In 2019, the average cost of marriages in the US reached $28,000.

Weddings have been expensive for the couple and their families, but the expense is also heavy for the guests and the wedding party members. Smaller weddings are highly appreciated since many Americans struggle financially due to the pandemic.

The big wedding celebrations lost to the pandemic are understandably disappointing for families and guests of the married couple. But the purpose of a wedding is a public declaration of enduring love and commitment. This powerful testament shared during a pandemic is worth more than pricey wedding celebrations.

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