These guys were set to have their dream wedding on May 16th at Flying Horse Ranch. Of course, that couldn’t happen so they had to come up with another option. They ended up switching to a longer elopement to get the photos they wanted. With Colorado’s limit on group gatherings they couldn’t have many but luckily both sets of parents were able to come for the celebration. This is just one of the many options that couples are looking at but there are so many ways to tie the knot in a pandemic. I wanted to go over five different ways to stay safe, follow pandemic orders, and still have an amazing wedding day.
Five Ways To Tie The Knot In A Pandemic
1. Postpone to a later 2020 or 2021 date. This is great if you still want to have the wedding you planned but aren’t on a specific timeline. Postponing is a great option because you can usually keep the same vendors and not have to worry about planning a wedding all over again.
2. Change up your guest list and live stream an elopement under 10 people. This is what Mary and Kevin did. For these two, getting married this year was a priority for them. Kevin has to go to school and training soon so putting off the wedding just wasn’t an option. They kept their original date and cut their 75 person guest list down to just 8 people. With this option we went to several locations on their wish list to get a variety of photos that they never would have gotten on their wedding date.
3. Have a more intimate wedding with guests under 25-50 people. People are calling these micro weddings. Cute, right? This option is also great in that you don’t have to rebook all your vendors. You can have your wedding in the same venue but there may be certain restrictions. In Colorado, this differs in a variance per county. As of right now, in most venues, you can’t really dance and have to stay at your table during the reception.
4. Elope this year and have a celebration next year. This one is my personal favorite. I think it is the best of both worlds. You get to have the wedding you planned out and dreamed about but you also get to be married, like now! For a few of my couples, it really had to be this choice as they were out of country of have family out of country that can no longer travel to the US.
5. Move or re-envision your day into something else. During this time, I have seen so many creative solutions to getting married during a pandemic. Some of my clients moved to a hometown wedding in a different state than they planned to marry in. Some changed to an adventure elopement with just the two of them. A lot of couples are opting for a courthouse wedding. Regardless, there are so many ways to tie the knot in a pandemic!
Time to Marry your Quarantine Partner 🙂
Were you planning a wedding when the pandemic hit? How have your plans changed?
Colorado Elopement Venue: Garden of the Gods
Elopement Photographer: Katie Corinne Photography
Colorado Officiant: Reverend Calvin Wulf
Wedding Invitation Designer: Zola
Wedding Dress: Mia Bella The Label