So, COVID-19 went and ruined your wedding plans and now you’re not sure what to do.
Well, guess what?
You can still get married, and we’re going to tell you how!
Read on for some tips to make the day as special as possible, even if everyone you love can’t be there to celebrate with you in person.
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COVID-19 Ruined Your Wedding Plans? Here’s How You Can Still Get Married!
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down.
While the only questions we wanted to be asking as our weddings approached was what champagne to pop open, everything has changed.
Now, we’re asking how to store our dresses or suits, how to have an almost-married party, and how to adjust your wedding plans.
As many postpone or even cancel their weddings, others have opted to change their plans and downsize.
Here’s my best advice on how to handle this situation, and still make it extra special.
Many couples are opting to get married at the courthouse (many are reopening for micro-weddings only).
This way, you can still get married, but make it a little more low-key.
It’s the perfect compromise, while the world is in lockdown.
If you’re planning on a courthouse wedding, you can still make it a super special big day.
After all, it’s not every day you get married – especially during a global pandemic. You’re making history.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not having an extravagant wedding, you can still be as glamorous as you want to be.
Don’t let those metal detectors put you off – nothing (within reason) is off the cards.
Before your wedding ceremony, take time to get pampered, put on makeup, have a shave, or whatever else makes you feel special.
Of course, you won’t be able to bring in professionals (unless your lucky enough to have one living in the same household), but that’s okay.
You know yourself better than anyone – you know what empowers you and makes you feel beautiful.
Top tip: Have a few glasses of champagne, put on your favorite tunes, and start the day right with the love of your life.
Highly recommend doing this every morning regardless.
This is a little bit of a tricky one. Just because you’re not having a huge wedding, you still want to create lasting, physical memories of the day.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus has taken the option of a professional photographer out of the question.
Unless you have one in your household.
While realistically a photographer could be 2 meters apart from you at all times, you have to ask yourself:
- Is it worth the risk? Do you want to put their health at risk?
- Considering you can only have 10 guests, are you willing to sacrifice space for a photographer?
Everyone is different, and what you choose is entirely yours to stick with.
If you opt against a photographer, that’s no problem. Ask your guests to take nice photos, candids, and professional pictures.
If one of them has a DSLR, all the better. Otherwise, many phone cameras take equally as good photos.
Remember, professional photographers take hundreds of pictures, and ween out the best ones.
You should be doing the same.
Livestreaming your wedding
With only 10 guests, there’s a high chance that a lot of people are getting cut from your guest list.
This is possibly one of the most heartbreaking aspects of a COVID-19 wedding.
So, if they can’t be there, they could always e-there. Sorry for the terrible pun.
You could always Livestream your wedding and include your guest list that couldn’t be there in person.
All you’ll need is an internet connection and a device that can film your wedding.
In any other circumstance, this wouldn’t be acceptable, but we’re in a global pandemic – anything flies.
Make sure it’s tasteful, a good angle, and the internet connection is good.
Your guests can still witness you tying the knot while abiding by the social distancing rules.
How to cut your guest list
The hardest part, narrowing your guest list down to 10 people.
Sometimes, this will have to smaller depending on the specific rules on where you live.
First, cut out the people that you’re only inviting because you feel obligated to do so.
Sounds harsh, but you know who I’m talking about.
Secondly, protect your vulnerable and elderly guests. This is for their safety, and should be a priority.
Third, your guests that were supposed to travel from overseas?
They can’t make it anyway, as international flights won’t be back to normal any time soon.
You should have a fairly narrowed down list now.
You could always resort to asking your family and friends for help – with some volunteering to drop out, so others can make it.
Don’t worry about upsetting your guests. The world is very weird right now, and everyone understands the situation.
The not-just-married party
When, and it will be, all over – you can have a special celebration.
Spend the money that you saved on your big day on a lavish party. Invite everybody.
Have the best time. Hug more. Cry a little. And remember how blessed you are.
The world won’t be like this forever, but you and your partner will be. Your big day will be special regardless of the situation.
Did COVID-19 ruin your wedding plans? How are you handling it? Are you still getting married? Share below!
I’m a freelance journalist/writer/content marketer with BA Hons in Journalism.