The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we celebrate weddings, and all around the world, some couples are choosing to have virtual ceremonies on Zoom or Facebook as a way to comply with social distancing rules. Meanwhile, others are opting for a more low-key celebration and are having small weddings to keep their loved ones safe amidst the global health crisis. It’s evident that the wedding culture has undergone a tremendous change since the start of the pandemic, and couples, as well as those who are in charge of organizing wedding ceremonies and receptions, have also had to adjust to these changes. From buying the rings, getting a dress, and booking a venue, here’s how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we plan and prepare for weddings.
1 Going online for engagement essentials
Getting engaged during the pandemic can pose some challenges as most brick and mortar jewelry stores have yet to restart their operations. However, for those who are planning to pop the question during the health crisis, one of the first things that you should do is to purchase a ring from an online store. If you have no idea what kind of ring to get, take a look at your partner’s jewelry collection– if they have a lot of gold jewelry, then they’re bound to love a single solitaire diamond set in a gold ring. Make sure to buy from a reputable online dealer, and find out your significant other’s ring size before you order to get a ring that fits perfectly. You may also consider getting your wedding rings from the same dealer if you’re satisfied with the quality of the engagement ring.
2 Virtual gown try-ons
The pandemic has made the bridal salon visit a thing of the past, and now women are going online to find the gown of their dreams. Wedding gowns can be bought from sites such as Net-a-Porter, The Outnet, and Etsy, and these ready-made gowns cost anywhere from $200 to $5000. Some websites such as Amsale have even added a virtual try-on feature on their site so that brides can have a general idea of what the dress could look like before putting down the cash. Meanwhile, designers like Danielle Frankel are offering virtual consultations via Facetime so brides who want a unique gown can have a beautiful custom-designed gown.
3 Booking a pop-up wedding
Instead of having a virtual wedding, some couples are choosing to have a pop-up wedding, which is a simplified version of a traditional wedding ceremony and reception. A pop-up wedding can be held at home or at a certain pre-approved location, and it usually lasts no more than an hour. Also, couples are required to have no more than 10 guests at the wedding to ensure proper social distancing. Companies like Pop The Knot, Simple Day, and Scarlet Plan And Design can help couples organize a low cost, stress-free wedding during these trying times, and some all-in packages, which include a photographer, a wedding cake, and an officiant, may cost anywhere from $4000 to $7000.
The coronavirus has changed our way of life, but as we work towards a new normal, couples and organizers have found ways to make weddings happen amidst the pandemic. If you’re planning to tie the knot this year, do your research, find the best online resources, and aim to keep it simple. You’re sure to enjoy your wedding ceremony, even during these challenging times.