Last month, it was revealed in a survey that 71% of couples, who had been due to get married in 2020, have postponed their weddings to 2021 or 2022.
However, it’s likely that – when couples are finally able to walk down the aisle – their nuptials will look a little different to before the pandemic.
Indeed, experts believe that the coronavirus will be influencing how we celebrate big days in the near future.
This includes bridal face masks designed in a way that complements the bride’s wedding dress or groom’s suit.
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Speaking to Metro.co.uk, prestigious wedding venue Ash Barton Estate believes they will be “a key part of wedding ceremonies” going forward – for not only the newlyweds, but also the congregation.
Indeed, they are likely to become keepsakes for the bridal party and guests to keep for posterity.
It’s their versatility that will make them a popular feature they explain, noting that: “They can be personalised with embroidered names or match the colour and design of your wedding theme.”
Additionally, in previous years many have lamented the increasing presence of phones during the most important moments in a couple’s big day – like the exchanging of the rings, cutting of the cake and first dance.
However, Ash Barton Estate suggests that the pandemic has reminded people how important it is to absorb those special real-life moments when you can.
The coronavirus, they explain has “taught us to cherish our time with family and loved ones”.
They believe that, as a result, many will decide to have ‘unplugged’ big days where they ban technology.
This is will see more couples ask guests to “refrain from using their mobiles or at least not touch anyone else’s.
“A professional photographer is there to take pictures, and guests are simply asked to be present and enjoy the moment.”
However, until a vaccine arrives, weddings may still be a little risky for containing the pandemic.
Earlier this year, a study found that scientists have identified that large family celebrations could turn into “super-spreader events”.
They warn that allowing congregations of ten to 30 people indoors could be enough for just one person carrying the virus to infect ten others.
Such social events are even more a problem because it can difficult to trace which people have been in contact with one another, compared to those who meet regularly at work.
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