So far 2020 has been a tough year for the wedding and events industry along with those couples who planned to tie the knot. Due to the unforeseen circumstances bought about in 2020 many couples throughout the UK have postponed their weddings, causing both headaches and heartache. Around 73,600 weddings and same-sex civil partnership ceremonies were postponed during the first three months of lockdown, according to the Office for National Statistics. However as the wedding industry looks to bounce back and regain some normality, Picture Blast are taking a look ahead at some of the wedding trends we can expect to see towards the later part of this year and heading into the next.
Over the past few years many more couples have decided to hold their big day abroad with locations such as Ibiza, Thailand and Cyprus become very popular. However ongoing travel restrictions may mean fewer couples will venture to exotic locations, instead choosing more traditional UK venues. Although couples won’t be guaranteed the sun, sea and sand, the UK has some great locations to choose from. With everything from modern botanical glass houses to traditional estates on offer, couples will still be spoilt for choice.
As mentioned the first half of 2020 has been a tough year for the wedding industry and those who work in it. As such couples can expect to see some great offers in the coming months with venues, caterers and entertainers providing heavily discounted rates.
For the time-being weddings and civil partnerships with up to 30 guests can take place in England. As such many couples will be looking towards hiring smaller venues that they would have otherwise over looked prior to current restrictions. Although this may come as a disappointment to some, it does provide couples with the opportunity to hold more intimate weddings with only close friends and family (the perfect excuse not to invite extended family!).
With numbers at your wedding being restricted you’ll need to choose your entertainment wisely. The government have yet to make it clear whether or not this number includes wedding entertainers such as magicians and DJ’s (in which case you may be inclined to hire a singer rather than an entire band). Here at Picture Blast as well as offer our traditional maned wedding photo booths, we can also provide slim line selfie pods (without an attendant) perfect for intimate weddings where guest numbers are limited.
Although it may come as a disappointment that wedding numbers are restricted, the money saved from reduced numbers, less catering and a smaller venue could mean that couples have more money to spend on their honeymoon. (Travel restrictions considered) this may give couples the opportunity to take advantage of some of the great holiday offers available, extend their honeymoon or go on a once in a lifetime holiday.