This year again, the bride and groom have to deal with the health crisis. Since May 19, we can again marry more than ten guests in France, at the rate of 35% of the room’s capacity. Measures which will gradually become more flexible with the deconfinement plan. But the preparations are not easy.
The delayed start of preparations
Last year, many newlyweds made the choice to postpone the ceremony because of the health crisis. In 2020, the number of marriages fell by a third compared to 2019 according to INSEE.
Priscilla and Marc are among those who had to postpone their union, because of a problem with the room. They will get married this August in Marlenheim and have only just started the preparations. “With the confinements, we were in uncertainty. We could not project ourselves. The guests either. Suddenly, we have … almost everything to do”, laughs Priscilla.
Send out the invitations, find a caterer, a dress, a costume … The third confinement delayed the beginnings of the organization. And now it’s a bit of a traffic jam, according to Aline, who is getting married in July. “We wanted to find a photo booth, but it’s complicated. We are still waiting for several quotes for the caterer … It prompted us to do more things ourselves.”
She will prepare the decoration with a friend. Her future husband, Julien, will take care of the macaroons. Her mother-in-law and her aunts will cook vacherins for dessert. “We asked a lot of people to help us”, she concedes, laughing.
Covid complicates everything
The fear of contamination also hangs over the heads of the bride and groom and guests. To avoid the appearance of a cluster, Aline and Julien had to review the program. “We were thinking of having a cold buffet, but because of the risk of contamination we gave up the idea. We also wanted to prevent 80 people from being seated at the same time. So we will do everything outdoors, with a food-truck or Tarts flambées. The guests will go get their food. ”
Priscilla and Marc will multiply the tables to accommodate the 80 guests at the meal. They should also ask each guest to do a PCR test before coming. “Many of our guests will be vaccinated, but that does not prevent the transmission of the virus. It is wiser.”
“In fact, the covid complicates everything, it adds a lot of constraints”, testifies Aline. But she is happy that the party can take place. “We warned a lot of people very recently. And they all said yes. We feel that everyone wants to get together for a beautiful party, as we have not known for a very long time.”