The wedding industry was one of the many unlucky economic sectors to suffer tremendously from the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, brides and grooms rushed to cancel or push back venue reservations, caterers, photographers, and the multiple other vendors needed for a well-rounded wedding ceremony. Couples also had to make tough decisions such as choosing intimate elopements or holding off on wedding ceremonies altogether. Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine has opened up a world of possibilities for those that wish to wed, and traditional wedding customs are projected to return in full force this year.
Big Weddings Are Back
Weddings will be more epic than ever and packed full of celebratory traditions this year. Guests can expect large bridal factions, giant cakes, a maxed-out guest list, and massive dance floors that will be fully occupied as long as possible. Couples are looking to celebrate in a big way and catch up on face time that was lost during more than a year of restrictions. Limited guest lists are likely to be overridden by eager brides and grooms that want to be surrounded by friends and family.
Get Ready to Take Lots of Photos
One of the most missed customs that made weddings special was the bridal party and family photoshoot that often involved many generations coming together to celebrate new beginnings. With vaccinations now widely available, families will feel much more at ease when gathering and getting close to take photos that capture one of life’s most important moments. This special tradition is one aspect of the wedding ceremony that brides and grooms are most excited about, and with many families not being able to gather during the pandemic, catching up and warm embraces are sure to be present.
Extravagant Sit Down Dinners Will be Had
Long, indulgent dinners outfitted with flowing wine are often guests’ favorite part of weddings. The seated dinner is back, and with it comes interactions that have been foreign to us throughout the pandemic: face-to-face conversations with friends, family, and acquaintances. The chance to sit, dine, and socialize was a sorely missed pastime, and couples are looking forward to creating this cherished experience for their invitees.
Pre-Wedding Pomp and Ceremony is Here Once Again
The bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and all of the fun pre-wedding gatherings that support the momentous occasion can now all be had again. With most states lifting either most to all restrictions, venues across the country are going back to full capacity, and the only present obstacle is finding available dates at venues of choice.
Say Goodbye to Long Engagements
The coronavirus pandemic increased urgency among couples, and long engagements are less common now than they were before the pandemic. Between new couples making the decision not to wait and pre-pandemic couples trying to reschedule canceled plans, the rush to the altar is currently very real. Wedding experts have noted that this could be the busiest wedding season in years, and the momentum is likely to continue into 2022.
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This article was written by Abigail Baker, a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor kitchen cabinet designer, Werever.
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