Covid-19 Pandemic Affects on the Wedding Industry
What a crazy year we’re in. During the Covid-19 Pandemic quarantine, I’ve been connecting with and talking to my family, friends, and fellow wedding vendors about everything going on, and I’ve decided to host interviews on my blog that focus on the pandemic’s effect on the wedding industry as a whole.
I see this as a time and opportunity to band together and bond deeper, especially as small business owners; to share our own experiences within the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our goals and hopes for the outcome of all this craziness. These interviews will be held with other wedding industry vendors (and friends) of all backgrounds, lifestyles, professions, and expertise, such as:
- Hair and Makeup
- Caterers, Bartenders, & Servers
- Event Planners
- DJs, Bands, & Musical Entertainment
- JP & Officiants
- Stationery & Invites
- Transportation, Travel, & Honeymoons
I hope that their answers will provide you with a bit of insight, clarity, and maybe even inspiration – whether you’re a business owner or simply seeking certainty in an uncertain world. I wanted to take some time to express my personal opinions and experiences this year to provide a baseline for the series, too.
Who I Am
For those of you who don’t know me, nice to meet you! I’m Nancy Gorman, and I’m a wedding makeup artist in the Greater Newburyport Area. Usually, I’m requested onsite to do makeup throughout New England. However, I believe it’s going to be a long time before there are any populated bridal party get-togethers or rooms that are packed with 10+ people, especially when the need for other close contact vendors (hair, photographer, videographer & planner) makes it difficult to remain safely socially distanced.
I’ve been doing what I can to be cautious. Despite many of us being unsure of the exact longevity of the virus on surfaces, or if it can contaminate other products. My main tip for other makeup artists at this time is to sanitize your kits the first chance you get. I’ve acquired a LOT of PPE & Sanitation supplies. For instance, masks, face shields, gloves, makeover bibs, hand sanitizer, and disinfection wipes…to name a few. I’ve also separated brush sets into personally labeled pouches, only using specific brushes during the day until they can be thoroughly sanitized at home. I rest easy in knowing I’m keeping my clients, and myself, completely safe.
To end on a lighter note, I truly love how us wedding vendors are banding together to encourage each other. Also to remain positive. Useful discussions on properly handling the pandemic have been circulating through our Facebook groups, and it’s been great to see all the connections! It gives me hope for a favorable outcome with a positive impact on the community of New England weddings as a whole. After all, all we can do is hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Thanks for reading, stay safe!
Until next time,