A NEW REALITY: In Lakewood, weddings are now being made in backyards and tents

This is not something most would have envisioned just a couple weeks ago: Weddings being made in backyards and tents in Lakewood.

But it’s the reality – at least for now.

The coronavirus has spiraled much of our daily lives out of control, nothing anyone alive today has seen. In fact, very little is the way it was just days ago.

One of the many things that have changed for now, is the way people are celebrating weddings.

At halls in Lakewood, seats are set up for under 50 people at the chupa, tables and chairs at the meal are also few, and dancing with gloves is the new look. There is also nothing abut weddings today which resembles anything we have seen up until today.

But now, people are taking to a new venue – backyards. Although it’s a norm in other countries for many years, this is a new reality for Lakewood.

One Lakewood resident with a large backyard tells TLS he has already had two inquiries for use of his backyard for weddings before Pesach, and a third one for after Pesach, if the way of life continues this way.

A party rental company in Lakewood says they have been getting numerous inquiries for tents for small weddings.

“This is something we never could have imagined,” a representative from All Set Party Rentals said. “Nearly all of our tents are booked up for weddings, as well as chairs, flooring for dancing and more. It’s unprecedented.”

The representative says they already have more tents on order and on their way to keep up with the demand.

But even when the coronavirus is over, some think this should become the new norm.

“Honestly, this is the way weddings should be all the time,” a Lakewood businessman and European native said. “There’s something very wholesome and warm about these weddings.”


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  1. I agree there is no reason a wedding should have more than 20 poeple when most people can’t afford the basics,in these time’s we should reassess our whole lifestyle which is out of control.its time to cut out all the extras and if someone has extra money to put it away so we can get through the really tough times

  2. I hope that picture is not of an actual wedding taking place now. Look how the seats are jam-packed together, worse than in any hall. There should be no more than 6-8 people seated at a table that size.

  3. This is insane! Do you see the breaking news above this post?! If the community continues to act status quo we will never flatten the curve. I’ll be so livid if we’re forced into a town wide quarantine as was done in places like New Rochelle, NY, because of the incredulous actions of others! I have spent the last week social distancing and doing my part to limit my exposure and limiting possibly spreading the virus to others, because as has been widely reported, you can be contagious and not even know it!

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