HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH COVID IN TIMES WE ARE LVING IN
Hey friends!! I want to give you a little sneak peek into my world and my experience being a bride affected by Covid-19. Now obviously I am a wedding vendor and the majority of my year was spent helping other couples figure out how to pivot and create a backup plan for their weddings and rescheduling. Most importantly to help them stay calm and realize this setback is temporary and they will still get to have the wedding they have been dreaming of.
But guess what… I was also one of those couples. My now husband Nick and I were scheduled to get married November 14th 2020. When the pandemic started I knew this was about to be a huge turning point for 2020 weddings and things were about to get crazy and quickly. I was also trying to stay optimistic and tell myself things will be better by fall and our wedding will be fine.
Well as the year continued to fly by and the pandemic not slowing down I finally told Nick I think we need to postpone our wedding sooner rather than later. The majority of Nick's guests were out of town and we both had grandparents attending and after working a few full weddings I was feeling more and more uncomfortable with taking the risk and putting our friends and families lives at risk. So the rescheduling process began.
First I reached out to our venue, Strong Mansion and told them we were thinking we needed to postpone and if they could let us know their policy and if they could send us 2021 dates we could choose from. Once we picked out 3 dates that worked with my ever changing 2021 schedule I contacted the rest of our vendors to see which of the three dates would work best for everyone. Now being in the industry I know there is a huge chance our vendors might already be booked, there might be rescheduling fees and Nick and I might be losing deposits. We were willing to accept the consequences especially since we decided to reschedule while weddings were allowed to happen and we had no restrictions at the time holding us back. Luckily most of our vendors are friends of mine and worked with me to make the new November 2021 date work.
Here is the thing though like a lot of couples we still wanted to get married and just push back the larger celebration to the following year when hopefully things were safer. So once we decided we wanted to make the most of the situation we started planning a small intimate wedding for our immediate family (parents & siblings) and our bridal party who felt comfortable attending.
We found the cutest farmhouse airbnb, Fingerboard Farms. We searched for a private loding area that had room for at least 12 people, it was large enough for people to spread out and had a pretty area outside for us to have our ceremony. This place had it all!! It had enough space inside for guests to spread out, beds for anyone who needed to stay the night and a huge outdoor space for us to entertain our guests, be outside and spread out and to have a beautiful ceremony area. Honestly it was perfect. The house had a lot of tables outside, a firepit, A gazebo with long church type benches for people to sit and watch the ceremony and it came with a complimentary cat and if you know Nick & I you know we are huge cat people and this was just the icing on the cake for us! Nick’s dad officiated the ceremony, we ordered catering from the olive garden, we made sure to have plenty of PPE for everyone. We had guests wear masks when serving food and everyone kept the celebration outside so we could keep a covid friendly atmosphere and keep our loved ones safe. It was amazing and we really enjoyed spending our big day with the people we love. I can safely say that if we cant have our larger wedding in 2021 that we won’t be that disappointed because we really had an amazing time at our small wedding and we made the most of the situation.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE weddings and I love huge celebrations but after covid forcing most couples to postpone or downsize to small intimate weddings/ elopements I must say I almost love them more. You get to celebrate what's most important and with the people who are most important. You skip the wedding drama that's involved with large wedding celebrations and you can really save a ton of money!!
Still invest in what is important to you like photography & videography to capture the day and the special moments you can look back on but guys you could get married anywhere. It could be your backyard, a park, on the water, on a mountain wherever your hearts desire.
The simple honesty that expressed itself all over him; the sweet unconsciousness of his greatness.
He is just as good and sweet and lovable