Planning a Wedding During a Global Pandemic

August 9, 2020
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Planning Our Wedding During a Global Pandemic

With less than 100 days to go to my wedding, the pressure is definitely on! Of course, one thing I didn’t expect to have to deal with is planning a wedding during a global pandemic.

As I’m sure many of you can imagine, trying to plan a wedding during a global pandemic has been a nightmare. There is so much confusion and anxiety surrounding it. With many businesses closed too it’s hard to keep the planning going. When we first went into lockdown in March, the wedding was so far ahead (October 31st) that we didn’t think we’d be affected. Instead, my heart went out to all the brides who had to postpone. Including my fiance’s cousin who was planning on tying the knot in June in Crete. The stories I was hearing from so many couples were heartbreaking.

I know it seems like such a trivial thing compared to what’s going on in the world. But, so much time and effort and money go into planning a wedding. There are so many people involved, from planners and coordinators to guests and vendors and it’s such a big exciting day that of course, people are going to be disappointed.

Backup Wedding Plans

As the months went by and the likelihood of our wedding being affected became more likely, we started coming up with backup plans. This was really hard as not only is my heart set on an autumn/Halloween wedding, but when we bought our wedding rings last year we got them engraved with the date.

Postponing the Reception

The current restrictions are really confusing for us right now. At the moment I believe we can have the ceremony with 30 people but no reception. The idea of getting all dressed up, heading over to our venue, getting married with 30 people around us during a 20-minute ceremony and then going home just doesn’t sit right with me. But that’s the most likely scenario right now. We’ve then considered having the reception sometime in autumn 2021 with everyone on the original guest list. Probably about the time of our first wedding anniversary. Again, it’s not ideal and not at all what I’d imagined but nobody could’ve predicted a global pandemic.

Goodbye 2018

Postponing the Entire Wedding

We have also considered postponing the wedding fully until next year. I know that’s what some family members want us to do so everyone is then able to go which makes sense. But, it’s literally the last thing either of us want. We’ve been engaged for over 2 years now and together for nearly 9, so we don’t really want to wait any longer to get married. Plus, as I mentioned earlier the rings are engraved which makes it trickier.

Our honeymoon is also all paid off and, unless the travel company we booked it through offer a refund or to change the date, we would still have to go regardless of if we got married or not. I know for a fact that going on our honeymoon after postponing the wedding would make me very miserable throughout the whole trip. It would just be weird. I wouldn’t be able to think of it as ‘just a holiday.’

Wedding ring august 2019

Where We Are With Our Wedding Plans Right Now

As of right now, everything is pretty much planned and ready to go. All the vendors are hired and we’ve discussed with a few of them about the potential of postponing. We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves for the actual wedding day which we were really excited for but are now unsure if it’s possible. The invitations have been delivered to us and we’re now in the process of handing them out and posting them with a note saying things are subject to change in the current situation.

I have a dress fitting in a couple of weeks time which I may need to cancel at the drop of a hat if another coronavirus update puts more restrictions in place. My fiance is planning on getting his suit this month if it’s possible. We’ve made backup guest lists where we’ve reduced the original number of 120 down to 90, 50 and 30. We also have the final wedding planning meeting with our venue this month to discuss all the options.

Basically, we’re just sitting around, waiting, wondering what’s going to happen and hoping for the best.

Planning a wedding during a global pandemic is a horrible, uncertain time for everyone. I don’t think we’ll know for sure until around mid-September what we’re going to do.

Another Little Life Update…

Oh, did I mention we should also be moving house this month too? As if life wasn’t stressful enough. Again, that wasn’t how it was supposed to go. I’ve mentioned a few times the number of issues we’ve had buying a new build house including countless delays over the last two years. Well, it looks like it may actually be happening around August/September time. Just a month before we should, in theory, be getting married. There will be a post up later this year all about the struggles of buying our first home. It may need to be split into several parts haha.

I wanted to share all of this with you guys to keep you updated. I don’t think I’ve been this stressed in a very long time. The next few months are going to be a complete whirlwind and my blog may be a little neglected. Hope you all understand!

Thanks for reading this post! If you have any advice for planning a wedding during a global pandemic or are going through a similar situation let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves if you haven’t already. You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest too.


  • Chanelle

    August 10, 2020 at 8:40 am

    2020 is certainly shaping up to be unpredictable for lots of people! I hope all your plans come together and work out as you’d like xx

    1. Hollie

      August 12, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely been a year to remember! Thank you ?

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