Schools, malls and nightclubs are not the only things coming to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks so social distancing directives, special ceremonies that had been planned for months — even years — have been put on hold or called off due to venue closures and limitations on group gatherings.
More than 2 million couples tie the knot in the United States every year. While some have opted to reschedule their nuptials for a later date when everyone can gather together, others are finding creative ways to say “I do” while their loved ones look on.
Daniel Wolfe, a reporter for Quartz, wrote about his experience as a guest to his friends’ virtual wedding. Actually, it was more of an elopement, as guests received Google Calendar invites to the event just hours before it took place. A friend was ordained online the same day and performed the ceremony. Although there were a couple of glitches, it all worked out in the end.
If you browse social media, you soon see that this is a growing trend. From online bridal showers and bachelorette parties to ceremonies streamed on Facebook, Zoom and Skype, brides and grooms are using technology to get married while staying safe.
The bridal shower for Katie Brickner’s cousin couldn’t be held as planned, so friends and family improvised.
“Whoever was able,” Brickner wrote in this Instagram post, “dropped their gifts off on the porch, we talked through the window when we dropped them off then held a Facebook LIVE event for her to open the gifts! It certainly wasn’t what she would have dreamed, but we did the best we could with what we are dealt with!”
Taylor Brewer’s wedding plans were already in the works, so they held a virtual bridal shower on Instagram and Snapchat.
“Times are tough for all of us right now, and I’m so thankful that I have a partner who is great at rolling with the punches,” she shared on an Instagram post. “We are going to land on our feet and come out of this stronger together.”
Redditor u/thisisliciagirl posted a pic of her Skype bachelorette party. Some of the attendees decorated their homes. They played games, gave toasts and tried to talk over one another.
“I’m so glad that we did it,” she wrote in a comment on the post.
Andrea and Max decided to go through with their plans for a March wedding.
“We couldn’t bring the people to the wedding so we brought the wedding to the people!!” Andrea shared on her Instagram post, showing the smiling faces of family and friends who attended the live-streamed nuptials.
Of course, not being able to experience the weddings of their dreams is difficult for brides, grooms and their loved ones. However, there is a common theme of gratitude, determination and love across the virtual celebrations. Instagrammer Celena Whiteman, whose wedding was streamed on Zoom, summed it up eloquently.
“This is not the wedding we planned or expected but it was unique and beautiful,” she wrote. “Yes, I was disappointed when our venue canceled on us, but it’s important to remember the reason behind the wedding. I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. At the end of the day, that is what matters most.”
Congratulations to all of these happy couples and kudos to them for making the best of things at this difficult time.