With measures enforcing a ban on people gathering in larger groups than 6 (as it stands), it comes as no surprise to us that many couples in Malta have had to postpone their spring/summer weddings of 2020.
Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri revealed that over 200 weddings have been postponed this year alone.
We spoke to a 2020 bride who preferred to remain anonymous
“We were supposed to get married at the beginning of May, but postponed to December. It was a blow for us to let go of a date and a spring wedding we’ve been waiting for.
“Since everything is still up in the air and there is a possibility of having another wave in winter, we still don’t know if the December wedding would be possible. It’s difficult to get excited and look forward to something that might not happen yet again.
“Finding our new date wasn’t that difficult. The main issue was finding a common date for all the caterers and organisers involved. But they were all very helpful.
” As for the dress, my spring wedding dress has become a winter one. Alterations had already been made, but at this point we’re just hoping everything will blow over in time for me to walk down the aisle wearing it in December.”
We’ve also caught up with hairdressers who have shared that couples are still not sure if they’d be able to get married later this year.
Many have booked two provisional dates for their wedding, one at the end of 2020, and one further along in 2021. Hairdressers have kept the deposit given and booked the bridal party for both dates.
“At this point, these dates won’t really be used anyway unless it’s for a wedding, and if people still can’t gather in larger groups by the end of this year, we made sure to book them for the following. It’s already hard enough having to postpone your wedding once … let alone twice, so we’re trying our best to make this transition as smooth as possible for them.”
And it’s not just couples who planned to get married in the year 2020 who have been affected by the pandemic.
Even brides of 2021 have their concerns.
“I consider myself lucky to not have planned everything for 2020, as I can’t imagine what it’s like having to postpone everything, but I’m still affected by the pandemic. Certain things have had to be put on hold.
“I can’t go dress shopping, because you can’t try on the dress before you buy it. And we’re still unsure if by next year, a certain amount of people will be able to meet under one “roof”. We haven’t done the Cana Movement’s Marriage Preparation Course, and we don’t know what’s going to happen in that area. Not to mention, both of us are earning less at the moment, so if before we had planned to spend €40,000 on our wedding, now we’ll probably have to make budget cuts.
“I know it’s still a year away, but we’ve all been thinking … given the situation, in a year’s time, will people be comfortable eating from a tray that countless other people have been touching? Because I don’t think the fear that has made us enforce social distancing will go away that easily.”
What do you think about this? Do you think couples will be able to get married by the end of this year?