5 Ways to Cope with Delayed Wedding Plans Due to COVID-19
There is no doubt that this year has been completely turned upside down due to the quickly spreading virus that caused the world to stand still. One thing after another seems to keep popping up, and one can only wonder when life may go back to normal again.
Or at least, whatever the new normal may be. It is amazing how so many changes can come from just one event.
Not only have major facilities such as schools and manufacturing plants been halted, but big life-changing moments (like weddings and graduations) have also been hit hard.
Experiencing a delayed wedding or wedding cancellation is never an easy pill to swallow under normal circumstances. Because things are far from normal, we want to focus on 5 helpful methods that brides and grooms all over the world can utilize to lift their spirits once again.
Take a look down below, and hopefully, one or more of these ideas will aid in coping with a delayed wedding and creating a spark of hope once more!
1. Take time away together
After postponing your wedding, it may be a good idea to step back and take a quick breather.
As can be expected, when planning a wedding, months of the hustle and bustle have probably already gone into getting everything together for your special day.
With all of that, hard work also comes stress, long nights, and sometimes a lack of quality time.
If COVID-19 has caused a delay in marriage, try and look at it with a silver lining if possible!
Perhaps now, you as a couple can take some to breathe and look over what has already been planned.
And once that is all done, maybe take a couple’s weekend outdoors to recuperate-or better yet- build a pillow fort and stay in!
2. Utilize a counselor
The decision to get married is amazing! And unfortunately, a delayed wedding (whether by a pandemic or not) can be a huge blow to an individual mentally.
If dealing with change or unhinged plains spikes you or your partner’s anxiety, it may be a wonderful idea to utilize visiting a counselor together.
Analysis of empirical evidence has also revealed that therapy techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), effectively treat anxiety disorder.
Moreover, Thanks to the internet, there is no reason to see someone in person-simply hop on a phone call or video chat, and you’ll be good to go.
Use this time to talk about how you’re dealing with the postponed wedding, and what you can do to prepare for the future.
These visits help boost low spirits, but they can also provide vital coping tools that can be applied to future issues within the marriage, strengthening it even further.
3. Elope in the countryside
If you simply can’t wait a moment more to get hitched, we completely understand! After a delayed wedding, a serious look at eloping may be an excellent idea.
Although eloping used to have quite the negative reputation attached to it, nowadays, eloping with your loved one is not only crazy romantic but also full of potential.
Have you always dreamed of getting married on a cliffside, but at the time it seemed ridiculous?
Well, thanks to COVID-19, you may have the perfect excuse to make that dream come true! No matter where you and your partner decide to tie the know, there is no doubt that eloping can be a great option when social distancing has made its mark on the world.
4. Visit the courthouse
For those who would rather not run off into the sunset on a wild whim, visiting the courthouse may be the next best solution for a delayed wedding.
With this option, you won’t have to wait to tie the knot with your beloved, but you also won’t have to worry about meeting social guidelines.
This removes so much stress and simply gives the couple something to look forward to!
Yes, the real wedding may have to be put on hold for a little while, but you can still be a married couple during the wait and then pull out those wedding plans for a big celebration later. It’s the best of both worlds and something that may be a good idea to discuss during this difficult time.
5. Go Virtual
As mentioned before, technology is wonderful and can be utilized in so many parts of life!
Thanks to how far we have come with video chat services (such as Skype, Facetime, and Zoom), meetings that may have once been impossible before now are totally within reach.
With virtual weddings being legalized in some states by passing the new law called ‘Cupid Project’, if you and your partner still decide to go through with the wedding as originally planned, perhaps consider shortening the guest list and including a link to a video chat platform for those who would have to travel long distances.
Not only can this method make for unique memories and keepsakes (such as invitations with your wedding Zoom number on them), but this way, you can still have your wedding day, maintain social distancing, and keep loved ones included in the big day. It’s perfect!
A “have your cake and eat it too” kind of situation.
Also watch: Project Cupid, allowing people to get married online.
Worried about your delayed wedding?
Perhaps before making any decision right away, the best idea will be to take a deep breath, close your eyes, and remember that you are loved.
Remember that the person that you are engaged to choose you specifically, and whether you get married in an hour or a year, it will still be a choice that defies the odds because love conquers all!
Even though we all wish that this situation didn’t exist, it does. And because of that, a little bit of flexibility is required when going through day to day life.
If you and your partner can rise above the stress of the delayed wedding and find a way to make things work, everything will be alright!
Just remember that no matter how it happens, the only thing that matters is your happiness and the fact that two lives get to be joined as one at the end of the day.
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