Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March, ceremonies such as wedding receptions have been cancelled or postponed. However, couples can now hold solemnisation and wedding ceremonies at private residences or purpose-built premises with not more than 200 people.
Sharing the experience on the new norm for a wedding ceremony, the sister of a groom, Dayangku Zafirah binti Pengiran Zulkifli said the preparation and the environment felt different and new.
“We invited a limited number, only relatives and close friends of the groom and the bride, while the wedding ceremony had to be shortened unlike previously when the reception would continue for a long time,” she said.
“There was no buffet or catering. Attendees were given packed food and wedding souvenirs. They came and greeted the newly wed and our families and then they went home,” Dayangku Zafirah added.
Highlighting the expenses, she said they spent less than their budget as they did not have to rent a hall, no catering and the attendees limited.
“It was a new experience and there were pros and cons. We missed the usual wedding environment,” she said.
Nurul Hakimah binti Mohd, who attended her cousin’s wedding reception, said she preferred the new norm of wedding celebration where she did not have to wait for hours for the ceremony to end.
“People come, greet, and then go home. Unfortunately, the excitement is not as merry as it used to be,” she said.