It’s not news…the face of weddings has changed from 2019, largely due to COVID-19. Celebrations, not just weddings are smaller, more intimate, and in some ways…less.
Not only are we concerned about health related issues, but many of us are facing financial worries. Does this accept how you plan your wedding? You bet it does.
The powers that be are implying that we may be able to return to normal by the summer of 2021. I sure hope this is the case. But if you wish to be married in 2021, you are doing your planning NOW.
So what are the trends I am seeing with this in mind? Less food, for one. When you think about it, it makes sense. I am always disheartened when I’m at a wedding and I see how much food is wasted. Guests almost always consume the majority of wedding food during ‘Cocktail Hour.’ It’s not surprising, in the rush to get dressed in your wedding guest finery, make it to the church early, (as a good wedding guest should), often, there is no time to grab a meal. After the wedding, during ‘Cocktail Hour,’ we all tend to over-indulge. Then, when dinner is served, anywhere from one to two hours post ‘Cocktail Hour,’ no one is hungry.
What to do? I suggest scrapping the formal dinner and serving heavy apps like the ones above. It will be better for your budget, and your guests will feel lighter – more ready to dance the night away!
Make sure, however, that you provide at least one chair per guest to rest and relax. Just because you won’t have a formal dinner doesn’t mean your guests don’t want a place to camp out for the reception and call their own. Above and below are some lovely decorating ideas. Enjoy!