Wedding Blues due to Coronoa
It’s no secret that the spread of the coronavirus has been affecting every aspect of everyone’s life. We have come across a new age of social distancing, where the norm is to stay at least 5 feet apart from any other person. In an effort to control it, governments across the world have been putting emergency measures in place. These measures include everything from closing schools, to postponing whole elections, and unfortunately, it has been disruptive to those planning weddings this upcoming spring.
In an effort to limit the spread, most events happening in the United States have been brought to a halt. The CDC, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has been recommending limiting events or meetings that require close contact, while President Trump spoke in a White House news conference saying that the American people should “avoid gathering in groups of more than 10.” Everyone is taking these concerns very seriously and it has led to many states issuing what is called a “shelter in place,” which forces the temporary closure of all events and “non-essential” businesses and gatherings.
So how does the “shelter in place” affect weddings? A wedding is considered a non-essential gathering, and if the shelter in place is violated, it can be legally enforced, resulting in a misdemeanor charge. Even in states without the shelter in place, continuing on with a wedding during the pandemic puts not only the bride and groom but also the guests at a higher risk of catching the virus, especially because you can test positive even when you don’t have symptoms. This is especially true at weddings where guests may have to travel to attend or weddings where guests have weakened or compromised immune systems. Because of this, countless engaged couples have been forced to cancel or postpone their weddings.
Even though many couples have been blindsided, they aren’t the only ones that have been affected by the sudden change in wedding plans. The global wedding industry is worth over $300 billion, with $55 billion of it being in the United States alone in 2018. Venues all over the world have been forced to issue refunds and reschedule, resulting in huge losses. The effects of the coronavirus have led to a decline in business not only for venues and caterers but also for self-employed individuals like wedding photographers or makeup artists who rely on events like weddings to make a profit. Worldwide, this is affecting every side of the industry.