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Covid-19 bride/ Eloping? But wanting to get married in the church in 2021

Christina, on April 23, 2020 at 2:21 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 5
Hi everyone! I’m supposed to get married 8/28 and hopefully that does happen. I’m wondering if I have to postpone to 2021 if my fiancé and I can elope this year and then get married in the church the following year? Let me know your thoughts. I just don’t want the coronavirus to ruin such a special time for my fiancé and I.


Latest activity by Gina, on April 28, 2020 at 3:44 PM
  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    You can’t get married if you’re already married. You can have a vow renewal, but that depends on your church.
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  • M
    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    Yeah, this one is entirely up to you church. I would check with them before you make any other decisions.

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  • Anna
    Super August 2020
    Anna ·
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    Not likely going to be an option.
    We are getting married in a Catholic Church and that wouldnt fly.
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  • Anna
    VIP October 2020
    Anna ·
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    You can still have a public ceremony, but it’s definitely a discussion to have with your pastor. With having such a span of time between the elopement and the public ceremony, I might would just word it as a vow renewal. But I had a family friend who they were married at the justice of the peace though they were already planning a wedding in august (he was in the military and it had to be done quickly for housing), our pastor was aware and worded some things differently during the public ceremony, but the ceremony was very similar to a regular wedding.

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  • Gina
    WeddingWire Administrator April 2021
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    Hi Christina,

    I'm sorry you're having to think about postponing your August wedding on top of planning your big day. eyFYBiGtFgC4Ag-LxBWWMP5UvJmt7cCKk6ZuRGas

    I agree with the recommendations above. While this is definitely an uncertain time, it seems like plenty of August couples are waiting to make postponement decisions. Of course, everyone's situation is different, so it never hurts to be proactive about plan B!

    You also aren't alone right now! ❤️ Other August couples are discussing their COVID-19 concerns here: I need you, August 2020 brides

    Plus, there are many resources on our website to help you navigate the serious decision to postpone your wedding: Our COVID-19 Weddings Advice Guide.

    If I were in your shoes, I would get married in a small ceremony this year and either have a vow renewal next year or just throw a big reception once this passes.

    Hope this helps!

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