Both the couples who have had to postpone their links from spring to autumn due to the coronavirus and the suppliers of the sector assume that weddings can no longer be as before and that the number of guests to the celebrations will inevitably be reduced.
Either because some guests are apprehensive to attend a massive event or because after the state of alarm some capacity restrictions are decreed, those who have rescheduled their weddings for the end of summer and early autumn fear not being able to celebrate it for the 200 people they had planned.
According to a survey by the link support portal Zankyou, 82% of the bride and groom are afraid of casualties among their wedding guests.
Andrea, from Barcelona, and Eva, from Ciudad Real, with weddings scheduled for autumn, have explained to Efe that they are aware that until the last moment they will not have real confirmations about those attending their links.
“Weddings, at least for a time, will not be the same as before. There will be fewer kisses and hugs and certainly less guests,” Cristina González, from Finca el Campillo, told Efe.
González has pointed out that wedding providers, mainly catering services and event rooms, are these days trying to foresee what may happen in the coming months and how they can cushion the consequences.
“Our forecast is for losses of around 30 percent, counting that there will be fewer weddings this year and that fewer people will attend,” he added.
“We will see how we adapt, but we will have to take measures, surely, for example, placing fewer people at each table,” he said.
Also Rafa Echeverría, from Quilicuá catering, has pointed out that the weddings are not being canceled but postponed, so “the season can still be saved”, although he has recognized that there will be losses because the guests to the links will fall.
“What would be catastrophic is that everything would have to be postponed to 2021,” said the businessman.
On March 7, the last Saturday before the state of alarm, the first and, for the moment, last weddings of this season were held in Spain, which starts for most providers in March and ends in October.
Although this year the season is another story, with more weddings than ever on Thursday, Sunday, and even on weekdays in August.
On March 21, Daniel and Carolina had to get married, in a link with 200 guests that has been postponed to September, although they still do not dare to communicate the final date to their guests.
Taking into account that couples take about 12 months on average to organize their big day and spend an average of 20,500 euros, the health crisis that has paralyzed the country represents an “unforeseen” event with no small consequences, according to what Efe has pointed out. responsible for Bodas.net.
Although beyond personal illusions, those who fear the economic consequences are all the companies that live on the 27,000 weddings that are celebrated each year, including bridal fashion brands, florists, photographers …
Anna, Just Married’s wedding planner, explained to Efe that although the ceremonies are postponed, the sector still faces fixed costs.
“Our payments are in installments. That means that the delayed wedding periods are also postponed and the income we had planned for will not come until we do not know when,” he added.
For now, most wedding providers have postponed weddings for March, April, and mid-May.
The ones for June and July officially continue, although everyone, starting with the bride and groom, is expecting to have to change the date and has asked their travel agencies to also leave their flights open for some wedding trips. that will inevitably be affected by the globalization of the COVID-19 pandemic.