Wedding planning on the best of days can be stressful. Add in a worldwide viral infection, quarantine, travel bans and gathering caps and you might be in a place of throwing in the towel. It’s hard to plan amidst so much unknown. But chin up, there are options available to those planning to tie the knot during this turbulent time.
One of the biggest and (in my opinion) the best suggestions I’ll throw out is don’t cancel: ELOPE! Elopement is the perfect option because it still allows you to make that special commitment on the day you chose without waiting for who knows how long. Elopements could be just you and your photographer and officiant, or you could include family members who mean the most to you. The most important thing to remember right now is that your commitment is not diminished by what’s happening in the world around you. Your wedding day is about setting the tone for your marriage and making a vow to your best friend. It doesn’t matter where it happens or how, so long as the focus is on true love!
Good news!! You don’t have to fly to Bali to elope. Some of the best, sweetest and most autherntic elopements happen in a couples’ hometown in the spots that mean the most to them! Got engaged in the park? Live close to your fav mountains or beach? Why not tie the knot there!?
Another one of the funnest parts of eloping is getting to announce the surprise and have a big party later! If you’re hesitant to elope because you already sent out invites to friends and family- simply invite them to celebrate your union once it is safe for them to gather! You can even book a videographer to shoot your ceremony and then show it at the reception. Your guests will love it, and you’ll get to keep it forever!
If eloping doesn’t sound like the thing for you, you could also try reducing your guest list or simply contacting your venue to see if there is an outside option! It’s a hard time for a lot of people and I’m sure they will do their best to accommodate you!
I know eloping gets a bad rap but honestly, I don’t see why! It’s such a unique and socially conscious way to celebrate your love. You can choose to include immediate family, or just you and your boo! if you are feeling overwhelmed with rescheduling a venue, caterer or florist, consider doing an elopement now and PARTY later. In a time of turbulence and confusion, we can choose joy and still celebrate love safely and intentionally.
Be sure to let me know!