With the pandemic causing the cancellation of large events, weddings have no doubt been affected. But it’s not necessarily as dire as it sounds—weddings are happening, as are engagements, in a big way.
To-be-weds are finding other ways to celebrate their nuptials aside from the traditional events. So-called minimonies with just a few family members or friends are perhaps one of the biggest, most memorable trends to come of the pandemic. Others are opting to elope, tying the knot on the dates of their planned weddings, while postponing the populous bashes for a later date.
According to a survey conducted by The Knot, only 7% of couples have opted to cancel their weddings altogether—the majority of those polled have either postponed or made no changes at all. Of those not canceling their weddings, 52% said they’re planning to postpone the date until later this year, while 33% plan to push it to 2021.
However it happens, weddings are taking place—you can’t stop love. But what about engagements? It must be assumed that if a couple can get through quarantine together, they can get through anything, right?
Many of the jewelers JCK has spoken to have reported that their bridal businesses are positively booming—excellent news. But exactly how it’s flourishing has changed, as retailers and designers have had to adapt to social distancing restrictions and shoppers’ discomfort with meeting with others indoors.
Below, jewelers in the bridal business describe how they’ve changed their operations to suit the current situation and how customers are presently shopping for engagement rings and wedding bands.
“At this time, we are focusing our efforts on leveraging digital to power the discovery and education process,” says Paul Tacorian, CEO of Tacori. “In May, we launched Tacori Connect to help support the sales efforts of our authorized Tacori retail partner network by providing a personalized virtual experience for consumers who can’t physically be present at a brick-and-mortar location. In terms of sales, we are seeing a sharp increase in demand for Tacori since reopening [in May].”
“Just last week I met with a few couples virtually who are eager to press on with their engagement plans and two others who chose to get married in City Hall and secure the engagement ring after the fact,” says Lauren Curtin of Lauren Addison jewelry. “What is clear is that COVID-19 has put things into perspective, and for many that has meant that love shall not wait. The pandemic has only demanded that we get a bit more creative in how we support and serve our clientele, with virtual appointments and e-commerce platforms being crucial during these times.”
Photo © Tacori.