My Fiancé and I have decided to hold two "weddings" because of covid. The first one will be a quiet, family only affair at a small chapel. The second one will be the larger wedding we had initially planned but that has now been postponed because we didn't want to exclude important people or compromise on our wedding experience. Anyone else doing something similar?
Yes! My fiancé and I are doing (almost) the same thing as you. Getting married in September at our original venue spot with only parents and my sister invited, then holding a vow renewal and reception on 9/4/21 with all of our original guests.
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I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one. I was a bit concerned that I was being a bit "extra" so to speak. We are having our larger ceremony in May as well. The 4th since our venue was booked up on the weekends.
I’ve read on here were a lot of couples are doing that. It was a thought for a very short period of time. But, we decided against it and didn’t want to invite guests to multiple events, nor did we want a reception many months after already being married. For me, I really wanted all the full excitement and everything to occur at a single event all on one day. So we postponed the ceremony and reception to next year.
Yes! We're getting married on our original date with just us. We'd like our close family to be there, but his lives 6+ hours away, and we don't want to have them drive all the way for a quick ceremony, (we legally can't have a reception) and put them at risk along with my family. So we'll be planning a smaller ceremony/reception once it's safe to do so with everyone.
We are doing something very similar. We are doing an adventure elopement on our original date with only our parents present. Then next year we will have the wedding we initially planned (big ceremony + reception with 100+ guests). We are going to wait to exchange our written vows and rings for the big ceremony next year. The elopement is going to be a quick civil ceremony!
It sounds like that is a pretty popular solution to COVID issues! DH and I are also doing two weddings of a different variety. We downsized the 120 person wedding to a 15 person wedding on our original date (9/26) but didn't want to have an unknown officiant around our small wedding party & older family members. So for the legal part, we went ahead and got married at the courthouse a few weeks ago and had lunch with our four witnesses after!
I got married on my original date too with 30 people but I’m just having a larger reception next year with everyone we decided not to do a vow renewal since so many people were able to watch it on zoom! But lots of people are doing this and there’s nothing wrong with wanting the whole experience you deserve it!