Everything You Need To Know About The Effect of Coronavirus On Weddings

By Neha Garg Ahuja .

Pre-wedding jitters are common for any couple who is about to get married, but instead of stressing over the outfit malfunction, makeup blunders or seating arrangements, now couples are worried about the pandemic crisis across the globe. 

Whenever and wherever we hear – CoronaVirus or Covid-19, we want to dig in as much as information available around. Covid-19 is not only affecting the travel industries or food sectors, but it’s also very well affecting the wedding market heavily. There are countless brides and grooms around the world who are figuring out how to get married, when to get married or postpone the wedding considering the present situation.

What is the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) originated from an outbreak in Wuhan, China and since then a number of cases have been reported in several countries, including Italy, Iran, Spain, US, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India and more. This virus is said to spread/transmit very easily. Some common signs of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath according to the WHO (World Health Organization). 

How the Coronavirus is impacting the wedding industry

If you’re already engaged and planning to get married in the next few weeks or months, you may want to reconsider the present situation, and postpone your wedding. As there’s the fear of infection being spread at large gatherings. CDC also recommended that you must postpone or cancel events involving more than 20 people for the next 8 weeks, including weddings to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

We know it would be a hard decision to postpone the biggest day of your lives, but we are sure you would also want your friends and family to be safe and sound.

But if you are still confused and not able to decide, here are two options:

A: Postpone the wedding until things get back to normal, which can either take a few weeks or months.

B: Go ahead and get married as planned, but in an intimate/micro wedding ceremony of about 20 or fewer people. You can even opt for a court marriage and host a reception party once things are back to normal. 

If you are opting Plan (A) and postponing your wedding, you must follow these steps:

1. Inform all your guests immediately via phone calls or messages. 

2. Review your vendor contracts and talk to them about rescheduling or postponing your wedding to a later date.

3. Call your venue first and find out what other dates are available after 6 months or so. 

If you are opting Plan (B), follow these steps to keep yourselves and your guests as safe as possible:

1. Call only a limited number of people, not more than 20.

2. Have someone set up a FB or Instagram live and stream your wedding with the loved ones who are unable to attend.

3. Hold the wedding outdoors. Ventilation and light are crucial to decreasing viral transmission

4. The seatings should be kept at a few feet away from each other to reduce the risk of transmission.

5. No guest should be allowed to enter the venue without checking their body temperature.

6. Keep social distancing in mind and hugging, kissing, handshaking should be avoided.

7. Ask your caterer to not serve a buffet meal and opt for a plated meal to reduce the risk.

8. The venue should have sanitizer stations at the entrance and even at various other places.

If you are a guest attending the event, follow these simple steps below:

1. Attend the event if there are only less than 20 people. 

2. Avoid handshakes, you can do Namaste from a distance.

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3. Sanitize or wash your hands with antibacterial soap every 30 minutes.

4. Make sure you don’t stay for longer and leave the wedding early.

5. Do not bring kids and elderly people to the wedding

6. Avoid taking group selfies.

FAQs about the Coronavirus and Weddings we received on Instagram : 

1. Should I postpone my wedding because of Coronavirus?

As much as it would suck, if it’s a large wedding and things continue as they are around the world – you’ll likely have to consider postponing it. Large scale gatherings like weddings where there’s a mix of old and young people can be especially dangerous in spreading covid-19. 

Better to be safe and help the most vulnerable in our society.

2. Should I cancel my wedding or honeymoon because of Coronavirus?

In essence, you should make the choice that feels right to you. But we recommend postponing it to a later date. In the meantime, a romantic stroll and candlelight dinner at home?

3. What is the outlook for June?

June seems far away, but then again, reported cases are being updated on a daily basis. Likely India is lagging behind other countries in terms of impact. We recommend being on the lookout for recommendations by the government. So far, some officials have asked to avoid large scale weddings. 

4. My sister’s wedding has been postponed. She is in a bit of depression right now because of the same. 

Totally understandable – after all, it’s the special day she’s been looking forward to all this time. Perhaps she could do a symbolic ceremony in the meantime, and live stream via FB and Instagram for the family and friends who won’t be able to make it to the wedding?

About The Author

Neha Garg Ahuja

Director, Content and Marketing I The Crimson Bride I From the latest trends to the hottest styles, she pens all things viral and trending collateral to weddings, allowing you to cherry-pick the best ones that will add a special touch to your big day. When she’s not scrolling through the wedding inspirations or chatting with the brides, she’s off to exploring exotic locales with her husband, Sufi Ahuja. Follow her on Instagram @Nehagarg29