The coronavirus pandemic has thrown countless weddings off-course.
According to Hello magazine, a staggering 4 out of 5 couples have had to postpone their weddings in 2020.
But for some couples, lockdown life has only accelerated the impulse to say “I do” — even when they previously had no firm plans to do so. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but being thrust together amid stay-at-home orders can, in some instances, work its own magic.
Here Molly Hopkins, from Gresham Blake speaks to Tim and Alice, who decided to tie the knot during Lockdown.
I didn’t really believe everyone when they said weddings were stressful. Turns out that I was wrong, and they are a bit of a pickle. Not sure how much of that is down to the day itself, or in our case, trying to hold an event during a pandemic. Due to the restrictions, we had to move our wedding one week earlier than planned. Queue a panic to change the venue, the food, the priest, the guestlist. We had to make sure everything was COVID-19-secure – not quite the romantic moment you envision for the big day.
I’d explored a few different tailors and suit shops online, not quite finding anything that stood out from the crowd. A suit for a wedding is meant to be special, and everything I’d seen was either the complete bells and whistles (and tails) – or bland and boring. After a long day of stumbling through various shops in Brighton, I visited Gresham Blake and found the one for me. Classic fit, subtle interesting pattern. Not too flashy, definitely not boring – perfect. A few fittings later and it was a done deal.
How would you describe your wedding day?
I’d have never quite imagined my wedding day to unfold quite the way it did. Masks on (is everyone having a good time?), no hugs (elbows had to do), and finished by 10pm. Still had the most fantastic day, surrounded by a small number of close friends and family. While I can’t say I wouldn’t have changed anything, the day meant absolutely everything to us.
Congratulations Tim and Alice and thanks so much for sharing your day with us.
A case of LOVE WINS.