“I posted on Facebook because I found so many girls worried that they were no longer able to have their perfect day, and I just wanted to share with them that even though my plans changed, I was still able to have the most amazing time.”
Maura and Suresh’s wedding planning was finalised, and the couple was ready to get married. But when COVID-19 hit, the two were lost as to what they were going to do.
“I still knew I wanted to marry Sesh and I was planning on marrying him even if we had a small guest number, because to me marriage was more important. But I wanted my family and his there. So when the restrictions eased and allowed 10 people weddings, this was enough. I was still able to marry my best friend, have my dad walk me down the aisle and have our immediate families present.
It was however, a very stressful and emotional time for both of us. We were not sure what we were going to do and what we were allowed to do with the restrictions. We did decide to do it in my parents’ backyard, but I knew I wanted it to be special and feel like a wedding. I was fortunate to have found some amazing suppliers who understood my vision and knew what I wanted to create. With my ideas, their creativity and skills, we were able to have our dream wedding.
We still wanted our friends and family who couldn’t be there in person, to be a part of the celebration. So, we decided to Live Stream through Facebook. We created a Facebook Group and when it was time, we went ‘Live’. Our families surprised us by having our family and friends that could not be present, say a few words to congratulate us. My brother created a beautiful video with everyone’s messages.
Although we did not have everyone there that we wanted to, we still felt that they shared in our wedding. We ended up having a beautiful, intimate ceremony. We did a location shoot at a local reserve with our photographer and videographer, and came back to have a lovely lunch with our families.
The Bride’s COVID Advice…
“I recommend that you are flexible and willing to compromise. Given the amount of uncertainty, you may not be able to have the wedding that you have been dreaming of – especially with a large number of guests. However, don’t forget the importance of a wedding. It is about marrying your best friend with your family and friends present, and with technology – this is still possible. While restrictions are slowly easing, you may still be able to have the wedding you have been planning – but if you can’t, think outside the box and find yourselves some amazing suppliers. Delegate, and ask for help.”