Tears often flow at weddings - but this year emotional outbursts must take place before the celebration. Due to the wedding crasher SARS-CoV-19, millions of weddings worldwide had to be canceled or postponed. This affects not only those who want to get married, but also a global industry of service providers that generated an estimated $ 300 billion in annual sales in pre-pandemic times.
But marriage will also take place in 2020: simpler, more intimate - and with cameras instead of guests. In India, with around twelve million weddings and around $ 70 billion in sales a year, the heavyweight in the festive business, more and more weddings are streamed online and the distant guests are kept happy with food deliveries. In Rio de Janeiro, couples can marry in parking lots - masked and without getting out.
It remains to be seen whether all postponed weddings will really be made up for. Because with many married couples, the months-long lockdown may have sparked a strong desire for separation, as is reported from China, Japan or Turkey. 2020 seems to be the year of the divorce lawyers - and not the wedding planner.