White satin dresses, jam jars filled with wildflowers and jugs of Pimms: the mention of a wedding day conjures images of sun-dappled fields and sprawling marquees in which revellers dance and lovers embrace.
For 2020, of course, all that has changed. The nationwide lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the nuptials of thousands of couples across the country shift as they face the economic, social, and logistical challenges of postponing their weddings to a later date or cancelling them altogether. Thousands of engaged couples who have spent months saving and planning will now likely spend their wedding dates behind closed doors, separated from friends and family.
According to wedding planning app Bridebook, approximately 64 per cent of 2020 weddings have been impacted by coronavirus so far, either due to postponements, cancellations, or travel logistics, with an estimated loss of £87.5bn to the global wedding industry.