First comes love, then comes marriage – but not when you’re in love during a pandemic. Believe it or not, the wedding industry is in chaos ever since restrictions eased up after the world received its vaccines. From event planners to bridal boutique staff, all the people working in the industry are putting in extra shifts and staying past their work hours thanks to the huge number of people waiting to turn their long-awaited wedding vision into a reality.
Your Unusual Ups and Down
Studies have shown that a large percentage of the population holds off weddings during an economic crisis. While calling the pandemic an economic crisis might not be most suited, but it definitely had a great impact on the economies and livelihood of global populations.
During WWI in France, the number of newlyweds dropped drastically, only to reach new heights once peace was restored. Another interesting study claims that people who do get married during the economic crisis tend to stick together and generally have stronger bonds. Doesn’t it make you wonder what this anomaly is?
While there is no proper explanation for this phenomenon, the idea behind this is that when a nation faces difficult times, especially when the economy is suffering, people tend to reevaluate their priorities – and this may also include people being forced into rethinking or second-guessing their future in terms of marriage. Once all dust settles, there are three possible outcomes: splitting up, getting married, or getting married and then splitting up.
The Unlikely Motivators
While it may create either suppression or boost in the rates of marriages, one important aspect is usually left overlooked: the quality of these unions. It may be hard to believe but trying times like natural disasters, war, or even global pandemics can have an impact on the union. There aren’t many studies done on this topic but what little study there is shows that disasters that are caused by men, like terrorist attacks or bombing, are more likely to depress divorce rates in the areas that were affected.
What Does This All Mean?
After going through all this information, one thing is clear: the pandemic has affected humankind more than people perceive it to. Does this categorize the nature of the weddings being carried out now? Should you postpone your wedding? The answer is, absolutely not.
While these figures may be daunting. they do not mean that everyone will suffer the same fate. You’ve waited a long time for your big day and it’s high time you get to enjoy it.