Kate Bussman had a small wedding ceremony, which was followed by a big party nine months later - Alessandro Bugloni

For Veda or not? Once, the question was simply whether you were ready for commitment. Now, thanks to Kovid, this is about whether you want to make your big day ready for a small celebration, perhaps with a big party in the future. Nevertheless, you may actually face a very long wait: fast bookings are taking place throughout 2021.

The new government guidelines, which come into effect from this Saturday, make an exception to the existing rules around gatherings: up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings or civil partnerships, with all the safety precautions we use as face masks Use. And social distance. Couples will also be encouraged to wash their hands before and after the exchange of rings, and speak their vows without raising their voice.
But this is just the ceremony. For the reception, the rules are no different to any other gathering: "Six people support the outdoors, bubbles, or two indoors and out." It does not make you happy at all.

Frankly, the to-mega-wedding that has become so popular in recent years is, for now, a thing of the past. A 2018 survey of 4,000 brides found that average spending on wedding days in the UK was £ 30,355 - the highest on record, and an increase of 10pc over the previous year. An important addition is understood by the fact that on average, we invite 82 guests to the wedding ceremony and 103 guests to the knees later. Or we used to do it anyway.

Does it matter that we will not be able to bear such huge losses? In my experience, not holding.
Like many modern couples, when my husband and I got married, we had two "weddings": a low-ceremony with just a few family and friends, and a party, nine months later, for about 90. As we approach. Our 10th anniversary, I struggle to remember why we did not wait and did it all at once. I think we were ready to jump, holding our noses. And we felt that life is short, a feeling that has never felt more pressing. (I could not be the only person driving my face down at pictures of nurse Jann Tipping and medical registrar Annalan Navratnam who got a special license from the Church of England to marry in April. Their reason ? They? Wanted to do it "while everyone was still healthy, even if it meant our loved ones to see us on screen").
Rebecca Carpenter Photography
Rebecca Carpenter Photography
Our big day was a short one, in reality. Instead of ticking everything you find on a two-list in the back of a bridal magazine, we did only the things that mattered to us. 19 people (including one child) participated. I didn't want to wear white, so I avoided months of elaborate fitting; Instead I bought something from the rack, a fun, sweet-reaper of a dress. We held our ceremony at my favorite picnic spot in a park, and when no one could find a way for me to walk down, I bent over my sister and mom and locked my heels in the grass.
For the reception, we didn't book an entire space, or even a private room, just a big table in a small neighborhood restaurant where I spent a few other dinner tours making gatecrashes for my wedding Apologized for There were no flowers (beyond the day I bought them to carry), no cards, no cakes, wedding favors, limos, bagpipes or monogrammed silk short pajamas. There was barely even a ring - I got a temporary few days ago, and still couldn't get around to buying a proper one.

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