Planning a Wedding in a Pandemic

As if the stress of planning a wedding during normal times was not enough, a global pandemic comes along and adds yet another twist. Now do not get me wrong, I understand there are much larger issues at play here; but in Fall 2019, I had big plans to marry my best friend in front of all our family and friends.

As the first few months of planning came and went, our ideas of a small wedding with close family and friends, quickly developed into a larger event with all the bits and bobs. We confirmed the ‘picture-perfect’ rustic barn venue, amazing Italian catering and close friends do be our photographer/videographer duo. Things were certainly looking up heading into 2020! But were we ever wrong…

In February 2020, our two families got together for the first lead-up event, the engagement party; celebrating the fact that we were “finally” getting married after 8 years together. That would deem to be the last event, in which we have seen all our friends and family since the pandemic started back in March 2020.

With news storming in regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic, our planning quickly came to a halt. It had now become a waiting game. What was this new virus everyone was talking about? How long would it be around? There is no way it will last until our wedding in late Summer. Boy were we wrong yet again. For a few months we remained optimistic, thinking we could do it in some capacity, after all, when it all started, we just wanted a small wedding with close family and friends. We started creating decorations, planning the stag and doe, and even plastered the date on a few items. But as we started to look at the big picture, we realized that this day only comes around once in your life, so why not make the most of it and postpone to a time when we can have all the glitz and the glam, we had come to understand. So, we decided to postpone one year.

So here we are, yet again, one year later. Remaining optimistic, keeping our fingers crossed that a wedding will still be in our cards for Summer 2021. The wedding planning has begun once again, because who doesn’t like planning TWO weddings, and we hope we can get together with those family and friends to celebrate our special day. Either way, this Summer we are getting married. We hope that everyone can be there to celebrate, but we also understand the current world we are living in. Whether the celebration happens with 120 people dancing, all vaccinated, or 50 of our closest family and friends, I look forward to the day. Life must go on, and trust me, once we have been given the OK, there will be a big party!