Here's How 24 People Spent Their "Would Be Wedding Day" When COVID-19 Changed Their Plans
Love conquers all!
We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community who had had their weddings postponed to tell us how they'd celebrated instead. These are some of their stories:
"Our original wedding date was May 30th, but due to COVID we rescheduled for March 20th 2021. On our 'Would Have Been Wedding Day' my sister (the Maid of Honour) and best friend surprised us with a gift basket filled with super sweet and thoughtful gifts, plus a bottle of champagne. We laid low and hung out at home for most of the day, then went on an evening hike to watch the sunset. We took the bottle of champagne from earlier and cheersed to our love. Nothing too fancy! We wanted to acknowledge the day but not make a big deal out of it since we're still getting married next year. It was much harder on me than I thought it would be, but at the end of the day everyone is healthy and safe, so that's so that matters."
"On Sunday we all had a Zoom call to celebrate my and my sister in law's birthdays and all of sudden, a bunch of friends and family joined. My brother explained that he got ordained online and that the call was actually a surprise virtual wedding! I was in tears and so surprised! My husband had secretly contacted my friends so they could be apart of it."
"We went wild camping to a beautiful lake. I wore a veil and a secondhand white dress I got from eBay. We exchanged love letters and our rings, drank Prosecco from plastic cups and listened to our wedding playlist. We ate pad Thai prepared by my sister's boyfriend who is a chef, and vegan cupcakes that we had specially made. The next morning we went wild swimming and on a hike. It was beautiful, funny and free, and we both loved our day. We've managed to rearrange our original wedding for next June but were going to go to the registry office in a few weeks with just two witnesses to do the legal bit."
"Our wedding was originally planned for August, but as the summer began, we knew that we weren't going to be able to have the celebration we wanted. After a stressful and emotionally exhausting rescheduling process, we settled on a new date next June, and decided to elope to keep our anniversary the same date! I gave my Maid of Honour just ten days notice, and she went into overdrive picking out a location and buying us food, flowers, and cake to celebrate. We picked up our marriage license the morning of, and then drove to a lakeside park where our officiant married us in a quick five-minute ceremony. We had a picnic at the park with my Maid of Honour and the Best Man afterwards. We've been married for just over a week now, and we're so happy that we did it even though we're very excited for the big event next year."
"My husband and I had our April New Orleans destination wedding planned – it was going to be aboard a riverboat. I'm from the UK and he's from Maine so we were supposed to have family travelling from both sides of the pond. But obviously it got cancelled because of COVID – once it was announced international flights were suspended there was no way we could go ahead. But as I'm in the US on a ninety day fiance visa, we had to get married anyway. We ended up getting married outside a courthouse on the side of a highway – not the dream but who cares! After five years of long distance, we're together and that's all that matters. Now we're waiting on rescheduling the big day when we can. We still want to celebrate with our families whenever it's safe to do so!"
"We were supposed to get married on the 13th of June but we've postponed until the 6th of May next year. On our original date we went to a silversmithing shop and created our wedding bands for each other. After about six hours of firing and stretching and sawing and hammering we had our beautiful bands. Then we relaxed with friends in a cabin with a hot tub and mountain views."
"We were supposed to get married on the 10th of May, but ended up having to postpone the wedding. It was our dog's birthday that day, so we had a Zoom party with our friends and their dogs to celebrate during the day. Then our original plan for the night was to get dressed up and have a nice dinner with a good bottle of wine but what actually happened is we ate pizza in our underwear and played five card draw while getting tipsy. The wedding will still happen, but the way we celebrated that day was perfect for us."
"We were meant to be getting married this weekend. Luckily we’re able to get to my dad’s garden where our wedding reception would have been, so we’re going to do a socially distanced celebration with my mum and dad; our caterer does takeaways on the weekend and happily had already planned to do a takeaway based on our wedding menu. Our wedding cake caterer is also doing a small cake for us and my mum's best friend is providing a bouquet and flower crown. Then we’ll do a Zoom call ceremony with guests from the UK, US, Europe and New Zealand watching and my friend ‘officiating’. We were hoping to exchange rings but wear them on the right hand and swap on the day (what my mother-in-law says they do in her culture) but my ring was stolen in the post and his has been delayed so may have to save that for the actual day! It will be small, intimate, and multicoloured – the opposite of the actual wedding but the perfect celebration. After nearly four years engaged, we feel we need one."
"We were set to get married March 20th. We were watching the news, literally had all our payments and last minute touches done, when we realised that we were in the middle of a global pandemic. We made the decision to cancel the wedding four days before our big day. We were crushed. I sent out texts, had my family and friends help spread the word, and I reached out to all the vendors. I felt so stupid, I got my dress tailored twice to be perfect. My grandparents came early from Mexico just for me, and I had to cancel. After lots of tears, we decided to elope to a courthouse downtown. I wore my dress and ran through the streets of downtown. My parents, my sister, and my grandparents were able to attend. I don’t know if I’ll ever get a real wedding. At this point, it seems silly to even have it in my thoughts. But I am so grateful to have had my family by my side and am so happy I married my best friend. Side note: the alcohol and sodas I bought for the reception have come in super handy during the quarantine."
"We got engaged in Hawaii and our wedding was supposed to take place there in April. It's a special place to us, so on what would have been our wedding day, we made a Hawaiian breakfast with fresh tropical juice and champagne, and Loco Moco. We followed it up with sushi for dinner and I baked our wedding cake, a dessert called butter mochi that's popular in Hawaii. Best non-wedding day celebration!"
"We had to cancel our May wedding and chose not to reschedule due to the fact we were scheduled to start our fertility treatments later that month. Our venue was a beautiful private garden, so we went there and set up a quick styled photoshoot and had a mock up ceremony while Zooming in our parents and grandparents. Our friends and neighbours lined the street before we left and I was a mess. The day was a lot harder and more disappointing than I imagined. While the photos are beautiful, not being able to have any of the parties beforehand or celebrate our big day with our people was heart breaking. We hope other couples are able to reschedule and safely have the wedding they have always dreamed of."