Amidst ongoing Covid restrictions, and continued uncertainty with when things will change, or if it will ever ‘go back’ to normal…it’s difficult to plan for something big!
Even before Covid, the trend was to more intimate affairs. Partly because of the sheer expense of weddings, and probably also in part to a growing social decorum amongst those who can afford anything surrounding the propriety of the kind of lavish spending that’s involved.
Wedding after wedding, couples are reporting to B&NC MAG that they’re thrilled with the smaller ceremonies and celebrations that they’ve managed to pull off during Covid. Though the fairy tail of a wedding like Princess Diana’s is deeply embedded in the nuptial psyche, the reality is that getting married is really one of the most important, personal and emotional days of life, and it may be best shared with only the best and closest of family and friends. Everyone included will feel the day was that much more special. Anyone excluded will or should understand the new normal, is probably themselves at least a little bit relieved not to have to attend, and can be better served with marital celebrations arranged to fit the association (eg. a trip to Austin to visit the group of relatives there; a tasteful dinner party for the work associates that were going to get invited to the big wedding and not really fit-in, or; a raucous weekend with all the friends from college). At least some of the people who were going to be invited to the big wedding will no longer be friends ten or twenty years later anyway. And every couple will later treasure the first home they were able to purchase sooner, the vacation house they get ahead of schedule, or going on the trip they always dreamed of, with the nest egg they save cutting things down to size.
The smaller wedding is a positiveopportunity! René Hue, the founder and owner of Murmuration Ltd. of Brookfield, CT, calls the new ideal a ‘Jewel Box’ event,