Around 250,000 weddings take place in the UK each year — adding an estimated £10 billion to the economy. But Covid-19 ended up disrupting most ceremonies in 2020. Since the outbreak of the virus, over 100,000 weddings in the UK were postponed, most to 2021 — making it a hectic year for wedding businesses and brides-to-be alike. Things are looking promising in 2022, but we cannot afford to complacent yet with the omicron variant still looming around.
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Social-distancing measures are likely to make big wedding celebrations quite difficult at least for quite some time. Naturally, the idea of a smaller, more low-key wedding is now starting to look more and more appealing to the couples. Many couples beginning to plan a wedding right around now might well find that the venues and vendors they want are booked through the end of 2021 or even 2022. Given that most weddings last year have been postponed to 2021, on top of the weddings that were already planned to go ahead this year, suppliers and venues might have limited dates available. And this by itself would be enough to push some couples toward a simpler, more scaled-back, easier-to-plan wedding day. There is also likely to be a surge in mid-week and winter weddings thanks to the coronavirus backlog.
Many couples getting married this summer are opting for a small intimate wedding and a little celebration that complies with government rules on social distancing. The intimate celebration will most likely take place at home in the back garden with only the nearest and dearest in attendance and thus creating a celebration of connectedness. The big reception party can always take place when the dust settles. With more intimate weddings becoming the norm, couples can focus on making the guest experience all the richer. A smaller guest list doesn't mean less of a celebration. In fact, you'll have more budget to play with, which means you can go big on the guest experience and splurge on your priority items like fantastic food, a free bar, live entertainment or floral displays.