Those interviewed by CNA hope that business will pick up again by the end of the year. Despite green light from the Malaysian authorities allowing weddings to take place again from Jul 1, those in the industry are prepared for the lull in business to continue as couples take a wait and see approach.
Ms Lane Ho, the principal planner at MY Wedding Planner told CNA that most of her clients are waiting to see if the government would further ease COVID-19 restrictions later in the year.
“The very important thing is all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that need to be complied with. If you look at the National Security Council requirements, guests would need to wear masks and only five guests can sit at a table which would usually accommodate 10.
“Besides that, people cannot walk around or gather for cocktails. Even photography sessions would require social distancing. That would definitely mess up the vision that the couple had in mind for their big day, so a lot of our clients would rather wait,” she said.
Ms Ho, who usually has at least one wedding every weekend during the June to July period, said her earliest booking after the easing of the restrictions is at the end of September.
On Jun 24, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that weddings and social events will be allowed starting Jul 1. However, guest capacity would be limited to 250 people.
The minister also stressed that SOPs such as the using of masks and social distancing should be complied with, in addition to limiting the duration of the event to a maximum of five hours.