I’m sure you are feeling all of the emotions right now. Being forced to reschedule and change all of your wedding plans is stressful and expensive…not to mention heartbreaking!
You are in an incredible situation. Many of my brides are pushing their celebration plans (traditional ceremony or sealing and reception) to later months so that they can still celebrate with all of their extended family and friends. They are basically copying and pasting their plans for the original wedding a few months later. These brides are still going to get their dream wedding and everything they planned on!
Until then, lots of brides are choosing to elope so that they can get married sooner! One of my brides told me that the original wedding date had a lot of significance to them, so it was worth getting married on that day and still having their party later in the year.
So, even with changing plans, everything's not lost!
Here are 4 things you can still have at your new wedding.
Please, please, please make sure you have a photographer at your elopement! It might not be the big celebration day, but your marriage is the most important part, so it should be documented! Besides, if this is your moment to do the type of elopements you see on Pinterest, you must get pictures of that!
Florists can put together a bouquet with pretty short notice. They will be working with whatever flowers are in the local florist fridge, but you can still have an outstanding bouquet for your elopement! Flowers have always been an iconic piece of traditional weddings, so if you are wanting to make your elopement feel more like a wedding, flowers are the way to go.
If you don’t have time or the budget to get a real bouquet, you can rent one of my silk bouquets (pictured below) for $60. I bought these for styled shoots and they are so beautiful that I have been providing them for brides!
You can still wear your wedding dress to your elopement! I’ve heard people saying things like “the elopement isn’t the real deal”. No, girl. Your elopement is a wedding after all!
If your wedding dress is not finished in time for your elopement, you can still wear a gorgeous gown. I’ve put a list below of a few vendors who have beautiful gowns available for rent in Utah.
Think of it this way...now you get two wedding dresses! Think of all of the amazing pictures!
It’s all about love, right? In some ways keeping your guest count very small keeps the ceremony more intimate and sacred. Some of my brides’ family members have been in lockdown out of state during COVID-19 and have not been able to attend the elopement in person. That is so heartbreaking, however, we are so blessed that we have amazing technology! FaceTime, Zoom and Facebook live videos are a lifesaver in these moments! Just remember, the most important thing is that you are marrying your best friend.
Even if your wedding plans look different than you expected, the meaning and significance of your marriage stays the same.