Covid-19: Event professionals are calling for a “test wedding” to be organized

The essentials The events sector, which has been shut down since the epidemic began, comprises almost three billion euros and tens of thousands of jobs. In 2020, he was affected by 40,000 marriages being annulled. The Union of Event Experts therefore proposed a protocol to the government and parliament that would enable such ceremonies to be organized.

Could “test marriages” be organized after the “test concerts” announced by the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot in mid-February, which are to take place in April? This is definitely what the UPSE (Association of Professionals United in Marriage and Events) and its spokeswoman Mélissa Humbert-Ferrand, a wedding planner herself, want.

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And she wants to fulfill this wish. With her association, she developed a health protocol that would enable such ceremonies to be organized, which she handed over to the ministries of health, labor, and finance, as well as all MPs and senators, this week. It is roughly twenty pages long and sets out a number of very different measures by which a marriage can be celebrated while respecting health practices.

Thus, all guests would be subjected to a PCR test 72 hours before the party, the honor guard would be performed while maintaining a reasonable physical distance, and we would be masked dancing on the track, to the sound of the DJ interrupting the show music around if necessary to remind people of barrier gestures. A kind of ceremony that was rather unusual at the time, but would still please UPSE and the 55,000 wedding planners it represents, to which are added DJs, caterers and other professionals in the wedding sector.

Many elected officials were convinced

According to Mélissa Humbert-Ferrand, interviewed by Franceinfo, “this sector weighs just over 3 billion euros” with the organization in normal times of 230,000 weddings per year. In 2020, 40,000 were canceled. Organizing “test marriages” would also not make it possible to straighten the sector, but rather allow its representatives to regain an activity they very much want.

At the moment this idea is convincing. The UPSE spokeswoman said she had “received excellent feedback, especially from the city of Lyon”. Lyon’s Employment and Sustainable Economy Assistant (EELV), Camille Augey, actually explained to the Parisian that “the City of Lyon is giving its moral and political support to this project” and “is ready to organize a wedding test at City Hall”. Several MPs also support this idea. A date has not yet been set, but discussions are ongoing.