Long-awaited weddings

By Audrey SomnardLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

Among the many industries sidelined during this pandemic, the wedding industry suffered a major setback. For couples who wanted to throw a big party, 2020 was the worst year to get married. Professionals thought that 2021 would see the return of ceremonies, but the recovery is timid as restrictions remain. Behind the image of a big party, professional providers have not been able to work for more than a year and have lived on state aid. Testimonials.

Nancy Wendt-Garza began organizing weddings through her company The Wedding Ville, in 2018–2019, so much so that she is still accompanying some of her first clients, who have not yet married: "Some castles must be booked more than a year in advance. All the 2020 weddings have been postponed, the 2022 weddings will be the couples who were supposed to get married in 2020 and 2021, so there will be a bottleneck in terms of dates", she explains.

Fortunately, she doesn't just do weddings. She also has her own boutique, where she offers gifts and decorations, as celebrations have become more concentrated in the family sphere: "Everything has migrated to home parties, whether it's birthdays or baby showers. Balloon and cake sales have gone through the roof", she says, although this shift in activity has not offset the usual budgets couples put into wedding parties.

"All providers have had to adapt to the new market conditions. The caterers have migrated to small stores by focusing on take-away sales, the photographers have focused on family portraits, or sessions where baby massacres his birthday cake, we had to adapt and fast." But for the organizer, if some couples have postponed or reduced their guest list, for others the contracts are lost: "Half of my clients have given up the idea of having a big wedding in Luxembourg. They either opt for a small civil ceremony or plan to have their wedding abroad."

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