It was supposed to be the most magical day of their lives. Months of planning every little detail – the flowers, the candles, the dress – all leading up to the special occasion. Carefully curated Pinterest boards; hand-picked canapes and, well, thousands of pounds, all part of The Big Day™.
In light of the global pandemic, the UK government announced lockdown measures on March 23rd that included a ban on all social events and gatherings. Namely, weddings. Very quickly, those planning to tie the knot had to come to terms with postponed nuptials and rearranged receptions – many of which won’t happen now until a post-lockdown world.
How have weddings been impacted so far?
64% of 2020 weddings have been directly impacted by coronavirus so far, Bridebook say, meaning the majority of those hoping to walk down the aisle have had to put plans on hold.
Couples have been forced to make the heartbreaking decision to either cancel indefinitely or take a gamble on a new date – which hasn’t paid off for some. Natasha, 27, from Neath, was due to marry her fiancé Jonathan in April, but had to postpone her wedding twice. “We moved our wedding from April 2020 to August 2020, and then again to May 2021,” she tells Cosmopolitan UK. “I can’t even get excited for it, because there’s a