"The Wedding Doesn't Make the Marriage..." ~ COVID19 Updates for the rest of 2020
First and foremost we want to offer our deepest sympathy to couples who are faced with postponing and/or cancelling their weddings for the remainder of 2020. This year has taken it's toll on all of us and it's not letting up. Mike and I had t make the decision to postpone our wedding and eloped with our parents instead. It's not easy, and it's an emotional rollercoaster I wouldn't wish on anyone.
Starting Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5pm, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, La Plata, Logan, Mesa, Morgan, Routt, Summit and Washington Counties will be moved into the Red Level COVID19 restrictions. What this means for what I would assume to be the remainder of 2020 is:
Personal gatherings are not allowed, no matter the size.
Restaurants must close indoor dine-in service. Takeout, curbside and delivery service is still allowed. Open air outdoor dining is allowed at restaurants, but only for groups from the same household.
Bars are closed.
Last call for alcohol is 8 p.m.
High schools are encouraged to move to hybrid or remote learning, while elementary and middle schools may remain in-person or hybrid or remote as appropriate. Remote learning and limited in-person instruction (when necessary) is suggested for colleges and universities.
Places of worship must operate indoor functions or funerals at 25% capacity, or limit to 50 people with six-feet social distancing between parties.
Outdoor entertainment events, whether seated or unseated, must operate at 25% capacity or a limit of 75 people with social distancing
Reservations are required to enter gyms or fitness centers. They are limited to operate at 10% capacity with a maximum of 10 people per room. People can exercise outdoors at gyms in groups of less than 10.
Personal services (including beauty services, tattoo shops, pet groomers, handlers or trainers, massage therapists and more) can operate at 25% capacity or a limit of 25 people.
Offices are limited to 10% capacity, with remote work strongly encouraged.
Group sports and camps are limited to groups of less than 10.
Per the Public Health Order 20-36 Houses of worship and Life Rites are encouraged to provide services through remote, online platforms or in outdoor settings, or may provide
in-person services for groups of 10 or fewer per room, excluding staff. Indoor Events are closed. Outdoor Events are closed.
So what does this mean for you and your dream wedding? Well you still have three options:
Postpone everything and wait it out. Work with your vendors and venue to reschedule to next year. We highly recommend doing this sooner rather than later as 2021 is already a nightmare for bookings.
Cancel everything and carry on. We only recommend this is you've already postponed a dozen times and the emotional toll of having to do it again is too much. Work with your vendors and venue and try to see if a refund might be possible, but don't expect everything. Vendors are having just as much trouble if not more during all of this and most are on the verge of closing their doors permanently.
*Postpone and Elope.* Eloping nowadays is not as crazy or voodoo as it used to be. Eloping can mean anything you want it to mean. As I mentioned, Mike and I eloped after having to postpone our big wedding a few months back. We went off to the woods with our parents, siblings and bridal party (very small, mind you) and had the ceremony of our dreams. When we were all done, we set off with our photographer and videographer on an all day adventure session. While our wedding hasn't happened yet, our wedding day was beyond perfect and fit us better than we could have ever planned at the venue. Eloping could mean the two of you marrying yourselves on a mountain top; it could mean just you and your photographer at a courthouse (or I suppose in front of one in this case.) It can be anything you want it to be. So if you're anxious to tie that knot and marry your best friend, don't feel like you have to postpone everything.
Again, we understand everything you're feeling and going through with having to make these decisions. It's hard enough planning a wedding the first time, let alone re-planning or having to add an elopement on top of everything.
We simply want to remind you of why you're getting married: Your Fiancé. You have chosen to spend the rest of your life with this person; til death do you part, you're ready for that commitment. While we have ALL dreamed about the day we walk down the aisle and say I do, the wedding doesn't make the marriage. Love does. It shouldn't matter whether you're having a huge 300+ person guest list at a fancy venue with a five course meal and open bar or a quick ceremony in the park with your parents or closest friends; the point is that you married your best friend, partner in all things, and that your relationship can withstand a frickin' pandemic; you can do anything together!
So it might be hard to reimagine this monumental time in your life, and there's no reason to downplay the grief you're feeling. But hope is not lost; we all just have to be a little more creative in the ever changing times, and do what we can with what we have.
As Gandalf the Grey once told Frodo Baggins:
"I wish none of this had happened," - Frodo.
"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - Gandalf
If you or someone you know is being affected by these new COVID19 restrictions, we are here to help. Whether you need help planning your new wedding, finding new vendors or you do decide to Elope and would like someone to photograph it; we are here for you.
If you are thinking of Eloping in the coming weeks, we are offering 25% off all Elopement packages until the end of 2020. We know that money is tight and that everyone's jobs are being affected along with their weddings, so we want to help you however we can! Contact us for availability and package options.
We sincerely wish you all a very safe and healthy holiday season. We'll all get through this together, just distanced. Stay well, friends.
Pour Votre Santé,
Mike and Bex
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