London – With gatherings of more than two people virtually banned around the world, weddings and ceremonies have faded into the background.
Weddings scheduled for April, May and June are canceled or postponed. This gives prospective couples a myriad of logistical problems, from planning the location again, to florists, caterers, insurance and figuring out many other details. Since less than 30 percent of couples take out insurance, the cost of cancellations or displacements can run into the papers.
It is causing unrest in the bridal fashion industry. Spain, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, is the second largest exporter of wedding dresses worldwide after China. Many factories are short of raw materials or workers to complete pending orders, according to Reuters. There are also no new orders coming in.
Bridal Fashion Week canceled
One of the biggest events on the bridal fashion industry's calendar, Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week brings together hundreds of buyers and brands from around the world to buy and sell. The planned date in April has been postponed to June, but even the new date could be moved if governments extend the lockdown period into the summer.
In the United States, the bridal fashion industry is worth a whopping $ 78 billion ($ 71 billion) a year. China is the largest supplier of clothing, but factories have been disrupted in January and February and are only now being reopened.
India's bridal fashion industry, worth $ 50 billion ($ 46 billion), appears to be on its head. That's because 45 to 80 percent of planned ceremonies are postponed or canceled, the Economic Times says.
Globally, it is the smaller bridal boutiques and specialist e-tailers that are hardest hit by production and shipping delays. The aftermath of replenishing the assortments and stocks from a disrupted supply chain will still be felt in the coming months. And that while summer is the main wedding season in the west.
This article originally appeared on FashionUnited UK. Translation and editing from English: Tessa Guntlisbergen.
Image: Valmont Barcelona Fashion Week