Toronto’s Stackt Market, the city’s shipping container market, will soon be home to a new shipping container wedding chapel venue called Love Shack, which will offer affordable and intimate ways for couples to tie the knot. Countless 2020 weddings have been disrupted due to a global pandemic, leading to many planned events being postponed or cancelled altogether. Love Shack offers packages like Have a Quicky for $650, which gives guests an hour to use the space and have an officiated ceremony with up to10 guests.
The Full Monty comes in at $2,500 and it is a package that accommodates 15 guests and includes flowers and a photographer for the event. Although Ontario is permitting up to 30 people to attend indoor weddings, the shipping container wedding chapel helps to keep ceremonies even more intimate.
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In accordance with social distancing guidelines, small wedding packages being created to support couples who want to get married in front of a small number of guests this year. Just Me & You, Let’s Say “I Do” is a new intimate wedding offering from The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for couples who are still looking to enjoy a summer wedding—just on a much smaller scale than they may have initially planned.
The package from the start of June to the end of August adapts the hotel’s event spaces to suit safe social distancing with up to 14 guests. While weddings are notoriously expensive, this small wedding package has prices that start at just $750, offering an affordable way for couples to celebrate their special day with a select few.
From now until at least the end of the year, there likely won’t be any large weddings, especially as couples who were planning to tie the knot in 2020 are choosing to cancel, postpone, elope or hold a “micro wedding” on a much smaller scale. Although people dream of being surrounded by all their loved ones and extended family, Hotel Providence is introducing an elopement package for an intimate ceremony for just 10 guests. Micro weddings at Hotel Providence are branded as intimate, romantic and memorable, and they unfold on a tented rooftop terrace and include an overnight suite for the couple.
As well as introducing new distancing-friendly wedding packages, many venues are opting for open-air spaces that give everybody involved more breathing room. As an alternative to weddings that run into the thousands of dollars, this micro wedding package costs just $500.
Many couples’ 2020 wedding dreams have been dashed, including those who were envisioning destination weddings in picturesque settings—and places like Aruba that rely heavily on tourism are also feeling the sting of the pandemic, so the Aruba Tourism Authority announced the Happily Ever After Guarantee as a postponable booking policy. The flexible policy was created for couples who are interested in a 2021 wedding or honeymoon, but are unsure about what the future of travel will look like in response to COVID-19. With the destination booking policy, couples can feel secure about booking for 2021, as their events can be postponed for up to a year from the original event date.
As part of the policy, participating hotels and resorts include the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives and more.
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Specialty retail jewelry chain Jared is introducing a virtual wedding platform for couples and will be providing free ceremonies with the launch of its #LoveCantWait campaign. As countless couples have found that their envisioned wedding can’t carry on as usual this wedding season, many are turning to online solutions to help tie the knot. Jared will be offering 1,000 couples the tools and support needed to create a special day for themselves if they have had to cancel or postpone their original plans.
On the virtual platform, couples will be able to create a custom experience and Jared promises that it has the potential to “closely mirror that of a live in-person event.” Couples will be able to set a date, choose a theme and a background, manage the guest list, arrange speakers and officiants, and capture the event as a keepsake.
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The April 2020 lifestyle trends look into many ways that day-to-day routines can be elevated or made more convenient. The wide range of brands stem from industries all over the world and feature progressive designs, recipes, packaging, and much more. One of the standout examples is by Zyplus and its Poterapper snack packaging design. It combats the simple issue of dirtying ones hands once they reach the bottom of a potato chip bag. Instead, the three-piece adapter turns the bag into a pouch-like shape to drink the rest of the snack out of.
Another lifestyle trend this month is the timely FitAir, which is a wearable personal air purifier to protect wearers from air pollution and other contaminants. The purification system is connected and can clean up to a radius of 25 square feet around the wearer with three different levels of airflow.
Wedding season won’t be carrying on as planned this year, especially as many couples have had to postpone or entirely cancel their originally scheduled date for tying the knot—but in some cases, virtual weddings are taking place instead. Remote conferencing service Zoom has emerged as one of the best ways for people across all industries to connect with one another and this is also true of the wedding industry. Professional online wedding planning service Wedfuly is partnering with Zoom to offer virtual wedding ceremony options for couples.
With a Wedfuly + Zoom Virtual Wedding, couples can take their celebrations online with a package based on their needs. According to Wedfuly, it will be “doing everything from managing the actual Zoom call by MC-ing, muting, unmuting and cueing, to setting up an entire virtual wedding including an officiant, flowers, food, dessert and invites.”
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The 2020 wedding season will look very different as many weddings have had to be cancelled or postponed but wedding planner Rebecca Chan wants to remind people that “love is not cancelled.” With a White Glove Wedding Delivery Service, couples can choose to celebrate their originally planned wedding date in a different way—and all from the comfort of home.
With the wedding delivery service, couples can benefit from receiving a “mini wedding in a box” that contains a customized assortment of items and services. While the Private Celebration Ceremony shares a small selection of sweets, a bouquet, sparkling wine and a piano recording of a favorite song, the Symbolic Elopement Ceremony appeals to couples who want to hold a symbolic ceremony with an officiant via Zoom.
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New York-based love birds looking to tie the knot responsibly can now do so thanks to the legalization of online Marriages, which allow for couples to obtain legal marriage licenses via video conference.
New York’s Governor announced the exciting change in a tweet which said “I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference.” So long as the video conferencing tool allows for live interaction between the couple, a witness and the officiant, meaning pre-recorded videos are not admissible, couples can get married and obtain licenses through this digital medium.
Other states to follow suit include Ohio and Colorado.
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The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the postponement of any large gatherings, including weddings. To help lessen the blow for couples who were looking forward to tying the knot, Busch Beer is giving away a year’s worth of beer.
Couples who are celebrating safely — either by running to city hall to say “I do” or having a virtual wedding — or postponing until a safer date, can now take solace in the “the gift of Busch” and focus on what really matters.
To enter the contest, couples whose wedding plans have changed in 2020 simply need to post a photo of themselves on social media explaining how they’re still planning to celebrate along with the hashtags #BuschWeddingGift and #Sweepstakes.
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