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What will weddings look like in a post-coronavirus lockdown world?

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From Cosmopolitan

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™.

Except, for many brides-to-be in 2020, that wedding day never came. Coronavirus did instead.

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.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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

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How business schools can help retool the economy for a post-pandemic world

Business leaders are at the forefront of the war against Covid-19, fighting to keep their businesses viable until they receive a green light to open their doors once again. Many have neither the time nor the bandwidth to plan for the “day after”—when they will finally be able to serve their customers without risking the spread of infectious disease. Surviving today must take precedent over building a business model for tomorrow.

In an environment of uncertainty, business schools have a unique opportunity to fill in the gaps and help businesses evolve to meet the demands of a post-pandemic world. In particular, they should focus on serving three industries that have experienced severe disruption in the medium and long term.

Tourism

The tourism industry has sustained serious losses with no end to the bleeding in sight. The UN World Tourism Organization estimates that global international tourist arrivals could decline between 20% and 30% in 2020.

How can business schools help?

In addition to offering a graduate degree in hospitality management, the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University has developed a collection of webinars, research articles, and other resources geared toward helping hotel managers implement best practices during the crisis. If business schools aim to help the tourism industry regain strength, they must continue to leverage their resources to educate businesses and prepare students for the challenge of rebuilding the industry.

Transit

The mass transportation industry also provides business schools with a clear opportunity to add value. In a time when

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What will weddings look like after coronavirus lockdown world?

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™.

Except, for many brides-to-be in 2020, that wedding day never came. Coronavirus did instead.

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.

what will weddings look like in a post coronavirus lockdown world

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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 looming feeling that it still may not go

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