Have you postponed your wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Have you postponed your wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic?. Mobile Image

Jun 22, 2020

In the UK thousands of weddings have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, causing brides and grooms to experience an emotional rollercoaster and lots of reorganising. We wanted to share stories on how COVID-19 has affected your wedding plans and what advice you would give to others in the same situation. Let’s meet some bride and grooms…

Charlotte and Craig

Introducing Charlotte (aged 45) and Craig (aged 46), who had their wedding postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic after it was booked for the 9th May 2020.

Did you celebrate or plan to celebrate your original wedding date?

We celebrated in lockdown, just the two of us. A champagne breakfast in the garden - we were overwhelmed by unexpected cards, flowers and gifts from family and friends as well as lovely messages from some of our suppliers.

What style of wedding did you have planned?

Fun and informal with only those closest to us for the ceremony (around 40) then more for the party later - about 75 in total. A beautifully unusual venue called Matara in the Cotswolds - gorgeous grounds, quirky spaces and a lovely large house where we were going to stay for a few days before and after with our family.

As you plan your new wedding date, are your plans the same or are you planning something different?

New wedding set - all plans in essence the same though we will refine a few things now we have a bit more time!

What top tips can you give to other brides and grooms having to rearrange their weddings?

Firstly, don’t panic! The day will be incredibly special whenever and however it happens. Celebrate the ‘would have been day’ in some way - small or large. You will have been emotionally invested in that date so it’s important to acknowledge it. Let your guests know about the reschedule as soon as you can. If you have options for new dates - check what works with your closest family/friends that you absolutely want there. Then, split suppliers into those you simply must have and those that you could replace if needed - check option dates with the first list as a priority. Finally, enjoy the extended planning time you’ve been given - it extends the anticipation and will make you enjoy the day all the more when it arrives!

Laura and Ahmed

This is Laura (aged 28) and Ahmed's (aged 34) story, whose wedding date was booked for the 29th May 2020.

Did you celebrate or plan to celebrate your original wedding date?

Yes, we did! We went out for dinner and had a long call with my parents and family :) We weren't upset though because it was just a few months extra and this is more time to get excited!

What style of wedding did you have planned?

Small garden wedding for 60 guests.

As you plan your new wedding date, are your plans the same, or are you planning something different?

Same plans!

What top tips can you give to other brides and grooms having to rearrange their weddings?

It's annoying when things get in the way but just focus on having more time to look forward to your big event!

 

Anna and Rob

Next up we hear Anna (aged 32) and Rob's (aged 39) story of having their wedding postponed due to coronavirus. They were due to getting married on the 23rd May 2020.

Did you celebrate or plan to celebrate your original wedding date?

The weather on our original wedding date was temperamental so we stayed indoors. We did however crack open a bottle of champagne at 1300, which was our time to get married. We watched ‘Bridesmaids’ and spoke to our friends and family throughout the day, which was lovely that we had others thinking of us on our original date!

What style of wedding did you have planned?

We had a wonderful small(ish) wedding for 50 people during the day, with additional guests for the evening. As we were planning our wedding in less than 5 months, we stuck to practical means. We didn’t have a particular theme but we made sure to add our own special something, especially with our Scottish and Polish heritage. It was definitely going to be a very lively and fun party with our nearest and dearest!

As you plan your new wedding date, are your plans the same, or are you planning something different?

With the additional year, we are probably going to plan different things and have more time to add additional items and people. We have opted for a wedding website (withjoy.com), this will keep our guests in the loop and allow us to update when necessary. We are optimistic and excited to add some new parts to our day. We will look into finding a local baker to make our special wedding cake so we can support the small and local businesses around.

What top tips can you give to other brides and grooms having to rearrange their weddings?

Stay calm. It is so important to stay calm, especially when you speak to your suppliers and venue. Everyone will be so helpful in moving dates and making sure that you can be accommodated to their best ability. Luckily, we had everyone available for our new date, so that was a blessing! Stay happy and count your blessings. We discussed if we wanted to just go and get married in the registry office without a party. My wonderful future husband stated, we need this day more than ever now with our friends and family. Not saying that going to the registry office is a bad idea, I am not a fussy over the top person and initially when we got engaged, all I wanted was a simple registry wedding. I am glad Rob talked me into a wonderful party to celebrate our love.” Talk about your emotions to each other, friends, family or anyone you feel comfortable with. Your emotions are valid and heard. Cry (I did a lot of this at the beginning as everything was so up in the air). We had just come back from our mini moon and we were ready for the final 2 months of planning to our big day. With all the worries and not knowing much about the virus, I was feeling anxious. I had never been so nervous, not just about the wedding but about my job, our parents and friend’s health and how everyone was dealing with this new way of lockdown. Remember, you will get married and you will proclaim your love to each other with your nearest and dearest. Take this time to be thankful for what you have and that when the new date comes along, you will be able to dance your socks off and have an amazing time! Be kind to each other and everyone around you!

Top Tips for Reorganising Your Wedding

Here are just some of the great top tips that these fabulous brides have shared to help you when it comes to re-planning your wedding:

  • Try and stay calm, especially when you are talking with suppliers and venues.
  • Keep talking to each other, friends and family about you are feeling. It’s an emotional time and it is 100% okay to cry.
  • With the extra time you have to plan, you are will be able to get even more excited about your big day
  • Don’t panic, whenever your wedding day comes around, it will be so special.
  • Celebrate your ‘would have been day’ whether it be with socially distanced friends and family or popping open a bottle of bubbly just the two of you.
  • Inform your guests of your new date as soon as possible and before confirming with the venue, make sure your closest must be there friends and family can attend.
  • Prioritise your must-have suppliers to ensure they can accommodate the new date.

We’ve loved sharing your stories, and we can't wait to share more of your top tips and stories soon. If you're having to reorganise your wedding due to coronavirus, don't forget that Fross Wedding Collections is now open for appointments to help you get that wedding dress search back on track!