“As we reflect and look at leaving 2020, this once-in-a-century pandemic has marked the year with nerve-racking events which has thrown almost every element of life off balance.
Firstly, I would like to take a moment to send my thoughts and love to all those who have suffered a loss during this time, as has been the case in my own family as well as family members of some of my bridal couples.
The year 2020 was supposed to be a good year, it was the start of a new decade and our hopes were high, yet, as a wedding planner it has been a year full of very emotional moments. A wedding season which has seen many of our bridal couples needing to change their wedding dates, in some instances twice, before the real understanding and impact of the virus was known.
However, despite the pandemic, I’m feeling hopeful. As the year comes to an end, it’s a time to reflect and highlight the positives.
Positivities which include the emergence of a number of vaccines, and that the vaccination programme is underway, a milestone moment after a tough year for everyone.
It’s likely that we all know someone who will be vaccinated shortly, my own 93-year-old grandmother, who lives in the UK, has already signed up to be vaccinated and it finally feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Not only are there now solutions in place, travel itself is much safer than anything like it was pre-covid. Currently, any person entering Spain must bring a certificate with a negative PCR result for COVID-19, carried out within 72 hours of travel.
This being the current situation, we remain excited that there will be many more weddings taking place in 2021 than 2020.
We are aware that perhaps for the first part of 2021 things may remain similar to these previous months in regards to quarantine and restrictions, which may affect early season weddings, specifically those in April and early May.
That said, it is also clear that there is a strong determination for bridal couples, especially those coming from Northern European countries who are currently going through a rather cold winter, to want to enjoy some sunshine, some vitamin D, some great locations, fabulous experiences and get together with loved ones in the way that they have been restricted for most of 2020.
And though it’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen over the next few months, and that much of it remains out of our hands, the team at Sunshine Weddings remains open to wedding enquires and continue to be on the side of our bridal couples on a daily basis in terms of moving forward in the best way that suits them.
2020 has definitely been one of those years which have shocked us all. But in spite of the most terrible times, we always need to look for the silver lining.
In my case, this is the first year in 18 wedding season which has permitted me to have weekends off. I’ve spent quality time with my newly born daughter, something that would never have happened before.
It has been a year which has taught us to be more connected to each other at home, value people who are far away, in fact I chat with my 93-year-old grandmother through facetime everyday.
And when she reflects on how things were when she was an 8-year-old girl, sent away from her home to Northamptonshire for over 18 months, because of the London bombings during the second world war, I realise that in some ways, we are very lucky.
Yes, we were forced into lockdown earlier on in the year, but even that is nothing compared to what people endured during the second world war.
So, as we leave 2020, like most other people, we are happy to enter 2021. As I write this, I’m looking at a clear blue sky, it’s mid December, but we still have sunshine here in Spain, 20ºC and fabulous weather. The future looks bright and promising.
On a final note, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself, and all the Sunshine Weddings Spain team, to wish you all a fabulous Christmas, but more importantly a very healthy, happy 2021.
We look forward to the new year and doing what we love the most, being at the side of our bridal couples getting married in Spain.”