My fiance and I recently postponed our September wedding. We had a small guest list (~30 people) so we originally thought we could make it work. But we live in upstate NY and 70% of our guest list (including my entire family) would have been coming from restricted states under the travel advisory.
Our wedding is rescheduled for August 2021, but we are planning to elope in a couple of weeks. I will be changing my name and overall we'll be a married couple from that point on.
So based on this new normal... do we even still call the 2021 event a wedding? My pastor grandfather was going to officiate-- can we still have a ceremony (I think one-year vow renewals are a bit strange)? Can I wear my fancy white dress if I've already been married for a year?
Besides all of this, I feel that my mom is a bit hurt that I'm eloping and she can't be there. We can't live stream it because there is absolutely no signal at the ceremony location. My plan was to have it videotaped instead. My fiance is saying that I should invite her anyway, in spite of the travel advisory, but this makes me a bit squeamish. I'm not so concerned for my own health but I don't want to disrespect the officiant or anyone else who happens to be at the ceremony location (it's a state park). Any advice?