With many couples getting legally married during COVID restrictions, couples are beginning to seek more of a party over a traditional wedding. A typical wedding would often be an all day or an entire weekend experience with the ceremony being the keystone event. A cocktail hour ensues after the couple commits their lives to one another. This usually consists of ambient music while guests catch up over beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Up next is typically a multi-course dinner accompanied by some remarks from people closest to the couple. A first dance, parent dances, and a few other formalities will take place before the the dance floor officially opens. Then the party begins!

Virtual wedding ceremonies are legal in many states and have allowed couples to take care of the first part of their wedding remotely. This also presents one less cost for the couple. Cocktail hour is essentially intermission between the ceremony and the reception. With the ceremony already checked off, it seems practical to dive into the celebration. The younger generations getting married seem less concerned with the traditional wedding flow, and more attracted to the overall experience their guests receive. Dessert food trucks, 360 video booths, whiskey tastings and more are finding their way into weddings to provide a memorable experience.

Will this mean weddings will be shorter? Unlikely. Instead of having the ceremony and cocktail hour, newlyweds are adding those hours back into the overall reception time. Are you expected to keep a dance floor jumping for 6 hours straight? Also, very unlikely. With a slew of new experiences couples can now engage their guests with, your set will be more of an ebb and flow compliment the activities. It’s impossible to have everyone stand on a 360 video booth platform at once, and no one likes to wait in long lines. A DJ can dictate how people move throughout the venue. If there is a long line at the 360 booth, remind guests that the dessert food truck is open or bust out a line dance.

People will continue to fall in love and get married for many moons to come. However weddings were not always the way they are now. DJs didn’t step into the wedding game until 60s in the UK and were a novelty until the late 90s. Many couples would opt for live musicians to entertain their guests. Now DJs are in high demand when it comes to wedding festivities. There will continue to be changes in the wedding industry, those that adapt will succeed the most.