But as more vaccines roll out and things begin to open, more Canadians are ready to say “I do.”
Wedding expert Alison McGill recently joined The Morning Show to discuss what we can expect to see for the summer wedding season.
McGill says many weddings still took place over the past year, though plans had to be adjusted and ceremonies looked less traditional.
“Wedding season is shining brighter and we are getting on with it,” she says.
Like last summer, couples still have to get creative with their wedding plans — considering we aren’t done with the pandemic just yet — but McGill says a small, intimate wedding can be just as special as a large blowout.
“I don’t encourage anyone to think super big for this year,” she says.
Many couples are creating two-tier guest lists: a smaller list for tighter restrictions and a larger one if it’s permitted.
Though it can seem awkward excluding someone from your wedding, McGill says most people are very understanding of the current circumstances.
“(Also) some people just aren’t comfortable gathering yet,” she says, adding that we are still approaching new territory after 16 months of lockdowns and we will have to be flexible.
People are taking advantage of the warm weather for outdoor weddings and venues are tightly booked until early fall, she adds.
Winter may not be as busy, considering restrictions might still be up in the air and people may want to avoid enclosed spaces. One thing’s for sure: McGill says we can expect weddings in 2022 to be packed.
“You need to secure everything,” she says.
For couples who had a smaller ceremony during the pandemic, but are looking to have a larger celebration down the track, McGill recommends holding off until next year.
“If a larger wedding is something you want then absolutely, you’re going to have to wait,” she says. “But one thing we are going to see the rise of is the anniversary reception, so get ready for that.”
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