Your engaged and you’ve been planning a wedding for almost a year. You’ve booked venues, ordered your dress, hired a caterer, and sent out your invitations. Then COVID 19 happens. It would appear that your plans may be completely ruined due to communal health and social gathering restrictions. But it’s all reflective on so many nuances like the nuptial date, your location whether local or abroad, and city bylaws.
A health crisis is not something leading experts could have anticipated, let alone a bride. This circumstance has caused many brides to break down for obvious reasons. But, there are other brides who have taken a broader and more accepting approach. They’ve adjusted to the current situation and created innovative ways to tie the knot. Many couples have also resigned to the situation and have chosen to postpone their wedding to a future date. And that’s okay.
If you’ve booked a venue, caterer, and photographer, keep communication lines open. They want your day to be special as well even if the date has to be changed or canceled completely. If you choose to postpone your wedding, let every one of your vendor contacts know as well your guests as quickly as possible. Extra fees may be incurred so be prepared.
Make sure you have a valid marriage license. Where I live, the marriage registrar office is allowing couples to exchange their wedding license for an updated one as long as it’s within 3 months, at no charge. Some offices opened on June 12th, while others still require you can phone and book an appointment.
Some couples who have chosen to go ahead with their wedding, are live-streaming the event. Others have agreed to a micro-wedding with only a few guests with the intent to renew their vows and have a reception party for all their family and friends when that opportunity opens.
Another wedding option is to elope. There are oodles of elopement packages that offer everything you need for your special day. If you are planning of escaping to Europe, some countries have lifted certain restrictions. You can check with your wedding planner if you have one, or contact the embassy of the country you wish to get married in.
While we live through these health changes, wedding planning doesn’t have to come to a complete halt. Make your wedding an adventure, be open to funky new ideas, be flexible and most of all be happy.