Getting Married during Difficult Times

In the blink of an eye, so many of our celebrations for ourselves and others have been postponed or canceled. Trying to balance the despair of the population, and dealing with our own despair, may make it seem tone deaf if we celebrate anything. However, joy doesn’t undermine suffering, it can shine a light in already dark places. With that in mind, we can soften the blow and celebrate things that bring us joy during this time.

Real Life Engaged Couple style by Charisse. All Photos are by Destiny Creation’s.

I have quite a few friends getting married this year (and i’m in the wedding) or personally assisting with planning of the wedding or styling the bridal party. I absolutely hate that it seems like circumstances completely outside of our control have put a knot . . . in the knot, BUT, i’ve come to be one for lemonade instead of throwing away the lemon.

If your wedding has been postponed, or anything affiliated with a ceremony or engagement, I’m going to be sharing how you can still prepare unconventionally for your wedding (or engagement, elopement) if you’re open and willing to be creative.

Let’s Talk Over Styling and Last Minute Planning

When it comes to the style, specifically the wardrobe, be open and unique. You can remain true to your personal style, personified by mixing items in your closet or check out my blog for a few ideas.

There are vendors and planning companies that can set up SMALL and intimate gatherings for the couple, while abiding by social distancing. You don’t need to be present for them to set up and you can consult and create together via video or phone sessions.

Do I have to plan it myself? What about decor? Florals?!

Check with local owners in your area by checking their social profiles and their parameters and protocols for planning small events for social distancing or just small gatherings in general. I consulted with Larger Than Life Events owner, Atosha, and her company is not only booking for intimate gatherings and rescheduling weddings – they’re traveling for them! If you are going the elopement route, Savannah owners – Ivory and Beau have collaborated with local vendors to completely alleviate the planning for 50 or less attendees with Savannah Elopement.

Read my Do Savannah Fashion Column

What Will I WEAR?!!!!

Maybe everything has arrived (and if so, a planner can greatly help use what you have and scale down with their own team of professionals) or maybe you are DIYing your intimate ceremony (i’ve got a real bride who did this April 2020, stay tuned for that next week) or using Savannah Elopement, but your dress is inappropriate, over the top, or NOT HERE! I have SEVERAL dress options with live links here at different price points.

If you are taking a style leap of faith, maybe you have a formal dress in your closet already you can utilize. If not, create a small shopping budget for a bridal stylist to create a unique look for you and your partner.

For Morgan and Devin, as a private couple that tends to like dark colors, I went with a chic gothic look – incorporating blacks, metallics, velvet and sequins. Morgan loved it! Try dressing up options in your closet if you have a variety of formal, cocktail or business attire.

Check out how my blogger friend Malikah planned her elopement after she cancelled her New York AND Parisian wedding HERE!

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