Covid Weddings, are they for us or not?
Updated: Mar 1
Although Monday's announcement from our Boris was a welcome one for the wedding industry, as he outlined our road map out of the 2020-2021 pandemic, there's still time for lots of "Covid Wedding" too...
So why would we want a Covid Wedding? I hear you say, well there's many the reason why some couples may opt to get married during the Covid restrictions: -You might not want the massive wedding party, this way you don't need to have those awkward conversations.
-Maybe you would struggle to afford your "ideal" wedding with 100s of guests
-Loads of venues and suppliers are offering great deals at the moment
-You will get time to actually talk to your guests properly
-Things are ironically, often a little more relaxed
-Getting the perfects photos isn't as much of a whirlwind
-You're documenting a bit of time for history
I could go on...but why don't we hear it from some really life couples.
Kelly planned her wedding in a matter of weeks with the help of her husband Steven and Alison- wedding coordinator at Burythorpe House, near Malton. They'd spotted an amazing deal that the venue were offering for small, covid weddings. I believe they got their room for them and their guests, a 3 course meal and a toasting drink too. The deal was fantastic value and very clever of the venue too, last year was really tough for them, they had staff to pay and the building to maintain on top of that, so at the end of the day a small, wedding is better than none at all.
Kelly said, "I wouldn't of had it any other way, I was very pleased I chose to have my wedding when I did... It was perfect, personal and the best day ever... the photos were fabulous the venue was amazing, loved it!!!!"
This couple got in touch with me mid August, for their September wedding, they just wanted to get married and decided to just go for it despite C-19. Originally, they were planning for 30, then they had to cut it to 15 with just days to go, but they still had a great time, ate amazing food and enjoyed each others company.
Rachel & Karl said, "Our wedding was lovely and intimate, everyone got to chat to everyone, which wouldn't have happened to same extent if it was bigger. Organising the wedding was also easy and no stress. We had a fab day and so did our families, it just felt like a big feast in the evening. All of our suppliers from the cake maker to the venue went above and beyond. It also wasn't too bad being the centre of attention when there was only 13 other people."
Hannah and George had been planning their wedding for a good 18 months, they suffered a venue closing down on them and then around 3 weeks before their wedding Boris locked us down, so they dragged everything forwards and got married on a Wednesday because they were just desperate to be Mr and Mrs!
Even with the added pressures this is what Hannah said, "With the uncertainty of weddings during the pandemic, with the worries about guest numbers, it was incredibly hard to feel excited for the whole run up. But what it did teach my husband and I, is that the main thing for us was to get married to each other and start our married life. The intimate wedding that we were lucky enough to have made us realise how lucky we are to have each other and our family and friends. If you’re disheartened by the potential of not having a big, white wedding that you’ve always dreamt of- don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. You might just find that you fall in love with having a small and intimate wedding!"
Sophie and Morgan had been planning their wedding for around a year too, we met the week before lockdown was announced, so I saw their plans for 60 guests go down to the 15 they were allowed, by the time their day came around. Sophie planned for the guests to colour patches of fabric so she could stitch them all together at a later date to remember their day, their guests found this really therapeutic, they also hosted a pub quiz and their best man had created a video show which included lots of messages from their guests who couldn't be there.
Sophie's wise words, "To anyone wondering, is it really worth getting married in a pandemic? I would say the answer is most definitely YES! A wedding should really be about celebrating the love you share with the person who you want to share the rest of your life with. Favours and seating plans and the perfect wedding playlist don't really matter in the end. I LOVE being married, and am so glad that we didn't wait to start this next chapter of out lives together! ...that and there's absolutely no reason why I can't have my full on princess bride fantasy day as an anniversary party instead!!"
Tina and Clairwyn decided to get married in the heigh of the pandemic, they contacted my in the July, their wedding was at The Star Inn, Harome. It was important to them, to really treat the guests that they were able to invite, so they went all out with fancy nibble and the best champagne, something that would have been extremely costly with lots of guests. They turned everything on it's head too and the fizz and canapés before the ceremony so they could enjoy the September sunshine.