The future of weddings is sanitiser as favours, themed masks and no more buffets

During lockdown, many couples had to put their wedding plans on hold or change them up completely, with virtual weddings or those with just the couple attending.

As the world begins to re-open, though, it appears that things won’t go back to business as usual in the world of weddings – just as it’ll be a long transition back to normality everywhere else.

Hitched, a leading UK wedding website, has predicted the new reality of weddings as lockdown is lifted, and there will be all sorts of reminders of the changes we’ve made.

Whether it’s guest list differences or protective measures for those that attend, here’s what weddings could look like over the next year or two, and the trends that should surface.

Creative ways to sanitise hands

When you go to a wedding reception, you’ll often see glasses of fizz being given out on silver trays. In the future, though, it could be bottles of hand sanitiser going around the crowd instead.

Hitched also predict that little bottles of the solution could be personalised and placed on tables or in goody bags.

As long as the price goes down, that’s fine by us. Otherwise it could make weddings even more expensive than they already are.

Masks and gloves as wedding staples

It’s not an attractive prospect that you’ll get your nails and do your makeup for a wedding, only to have to cover everything up. But this is how it might be in the coming months.

Hitched say these might come ‘in colours or patterns that coordinate with their overall wedding day theme’ or that people may ‘even adopt formal gloves as a fashion accessory for their wedding day look.’

On top of this, staff at the wedding may be required to wear PPE, and forget going in unprotected into the post-wedding handshake line.

Goodbye buffets

As if it wasn’t hard enough to say goodbye to the hotel breakfast buffet, wedding buffets might be the next thing we say goodbye to.

‘Most couples will likely opt for plated meals instead of a buffet in the near future, but if a serve-yourself-style meal is preferred, smaller stations will be incorporated rather than a long assembly line for a full buffet,’ comment Hitched.

More outdoor weddings

The British weather isn’t known for its predictability, but given how the virus has been shown to be less contagious outdoors, couples might opt to hope for the sun and wed al fresco.

This isn’t just to avoid people potentially spreading coronavirus, but also to help people feel less confined and worried in a small, indoor space.

Goodbye to one big dance floor

In the past, it might have been difficult to get away from the weird uncle or amorous bridesmaid on the dance floor, but that might not be the case anymore.

Smaller dance floors might be places around the venue to avoid pile-ups of crowds, or this might be relocated to a different area to people can have a boogie rather than needing to head into the throng to order a drink or get to their table.

More weekday weddings

According to a Hitched survey, 44% of couples that have postponed their weddings have rescheduled to 2021.

As a result, venues might not have weekend availability, so the couples will switch to weekdays instead.

Although this might mean we all need to carefully plan our annual leave, it’s much more cost-effective for those getting married. So swings and roundabouts, really.

Shift weddings

To try and see everyone they love without having too many people in the room, couples could choose to stagger their guests’ arrivals – essentially having them join the wedding in shifts.

Try not to be too disappointed when you end up on the nightshift – it just means you’re more fun in a late night party than grandma.

Micro weddings

To avoid the shifting issue, it could also come to the point where couples drastically reduce their guest list for a more intimate and small wedding.

Hitched says: ‘With a couple’s reduction in guest count, they can create a truly one-of-a-kind macro experience.

‘Some couples who host micro weddings may also choose to host a larger party in the near future with the rest of their guest list.’

Livestreaming to family during the wedding

By now we’re all pretty used to Zooming and Housepartying our family and friends.

Soon enough this might also seep into wedding receptions, with vulnerable or far away relatives up on a projector or screen so they can join in without attending physically.

Are you planning on changing your wedding after lockdown fully eases?

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