So far, this year has been a wild ride, especially for those planning a wedding and, ahem, maybe revising their wedding plans. Restrictions on large groups of people, state lockdowns, and the general health hazard posed by COVID-19 have caused many couples to make difficult decisions concerning their wedding.
The number of weddings expected to be held in 2020 is estimated at about 15 million, which would be a 16% decline from 2019. The forecasted number of deaths related to COVID-19 is estimated at about 250,000, which would be a 29% increase over 2019. The number of cases reported by countries around the world is increasing daily, with Italy being the hardest-hit country so far. According to data from March 12, the death toll in Italy has reached 10,922 and the number of confirmed cases is 175,122. In addition, there are now more than 200,000 people infected worldwide.
In the United States, some states have issued stay-at-home orders for all or part of their populations to try and curb the spread of the virus. These orders include California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
It's not just couples who will be deciding how to plan their weddings this year; it's also event planners who are having to make tough choices when it comes to holding virtual events.
Whether your wedding was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic or you've been planning a 2021 wedding since the beginning, you'll discover that 2021 wedding trends mirror big changes in the industry as a whole—combining an aesthetically appealing event with keeping guests safe. Here are just some of the many changes we can expect to see at weddings in 2021.
Wedding venues will need to implement social distancing measures to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19. This will likely mean space between tables and no standing rooms only spaces. You may be able to negotiate having a separate area set aside for dancing if this is important to you and your partner.
Vendors who provide services before the wedding (bakeries, caterers, etc.) may decide to offer delivery options during the pandemic to keep their businesses open while maintaining social distancing guidelines. This could also mean hiring more staff to work from home or offering phone orders instead of in-person visits. It's important to check with each vendor to see what measures they're taking to keep themselves and their employees safe.
It's not unusual for celebrities to have a major influence on wedding trends, so it's no surprise that when they get married they usually want something unique and personal. Alyssa Milano and Charlie McDowell opted for a low-key ceremony with family only at their Northern California vineyard last year.
"The issue in 2021 is the uncertainty, especially not knowing how many people will be permitted at events this summer," she explains. Every city, county, and state has its own set of rules, so anticipating them while also making it easy for visitors can be difficult.
The primary goal for wedding providers right now is to care for couples who are directly affected in March, April, and at least the beginning of May. Everyone is currently being handled based on their existing wedding date, so please be patient and understanding.