The coronavirus has proven to be the ultimate wedding crasher this year. When picking flower arrangements, cake tasting, and finalizing the guest list, a pandemic was certainly not invited to the party. Whether you’ve postponed, eloped or newly engaged — here’s to you!
Going the distance
A long-distance relationship is difficult, but if you’re able to make it through this tough time, just think of what’s possible when you’re together. If your relationship is still rock-solid despite extensive video calls (and maybe a love letter or two), you’ve passed the ultimate test of endurance. In the meantime, send your significant other something cozy: they might not be able to cuddle you but they can certainly snuggle up in a custom hoodie.
If a traditional wedding is not what you had in mind and you’d rather be surrounded (virtually) by your nearest and dearest — why not elope? ‘Queer Eye’ superstar Jonathan van Ness virtually officiated this couples wedding in a super sweet ceremony. Skip the wedding industrial complex, save your money for future adventures, and celebrate what really matters: your love.
Something for the bridal party…
The introverts among us are at an advantage for 2020. Cities (and pedestrians) throughout the world will be spared from the drunken rampages of bachelor parties. In fact, many people are enjoying virtual bachelor/bachelorette celebrations. From behind their respective computer screens, they laugh, eat, toast, and celebrate together. Surprise the groom or bride-to-be, send them flowers, decorate, make a killer playlist, and prepare to play classic drinking games via video chat!
If you’re in the mood for a more adventurous alternative, plan a scavenger hunt. Hide clues in the forest or in deserted spots throughout the city that are meaningful to the soon-to-be married couple. Design a face mask for the entire bridal party and hand them out before you wander off into the wobbly world. Pro-tip: pack some paper straws, so you can elegantly drink champagne or beer while wearing your face masks.
If you’re already living together and feel more in love than ever, it might be time for a bold romantic gesture. Show your commitment to your chosen life partner and propose again. While it might not be the wedding ceremony you imagined, it’s a meaningful way of showing your partner that even though your plans are changing, you’re still in it for the long-haul.
It’s your party, cry if you want to
Can you celebrate at your chosen location? How many guests can attend? Will you need to wear a face mask during the ceremony? It might feel a bit selfish or trivial to grieve over not having the wedding you imagined, especially when many people throughout the world are facing major hardships. It’s okay to feel sad about major life events changing. It’s okay to feel upset that you have to adapt your plans or vision. Let yourself feel however you feel and then let it go. If you want to accept the current circumstances and make your ceremony smaller, then go for it! If you want to cancel everything and devote this extra time to your Pinterest wedding inspiration boards, there’s no one to stop you. And it feels good to do good! Consider donating a portion of your wedding funds to coronavirus relief efforts.
One thing is for sure: getting married during a global pandemic will be memorable. Whatever you decide to do, get married, elope or postpone — we wish you the very best on your next adventure together!