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W
hile the pandemic
changed virtually
everything about
weddings for a period,
the question now is this: What's gone
back to the way it was, and what
has remained as the " new norm " ?
Companies that provide wedding furniture, among
other goods and services, say that the space provided
for a wedding and/or associated events has remained
larger than it was pre-COVID, reflecting the social
distancing changes required by the pandemic. But at
the same time, wedding couples are finding new ways
to fill that space.
" People got used to having more space, and a lot are
keeping it that way, " says Brittany Sleight, director of
marketing and business development at Elite Tents
and Events, in Sykesville, Md. " Instead of crowding 10
people at a table and putting everyone so close together,
planners are utilizing more indoor and outdoor space
and doing a lot bigger tents.
" People want bigger aisles, bigger dance floors and
more room, " she adds. " People want to spread out. "
Lounge furniture and other pieces, so that guests have
spaces outside their assigned seats, are becoming more
popular. " We rent a lot of those high cocktail tables to be
used outside, so that people can grab a drink and enjoy
the space-instead of having to sit in their assigned seats
like elementary school, " she says with a laugh.
A GRAND PREFERENCE
According to Briel Delmonaco, owner and
director of sales at Uniquely Chic Events, which
has provided customized furniture since 2010 in
Lincoln, R.I., people in her region are returning
to larger weddings again. " We're seeing some
backyard weddings, but especially with [nearby]
Newport being a prevalent wedding location, the
demographic here prefers things to be pretty grand. "
Transparency is the order
of the day at this wedding,
using acrylics and other
materials-far different than
the weathered wood look
that was popular in places
for so long. Photo courtesy
of Grant Daniels.
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