Well, these are certainly unprecedented times, aren’t they? I don’t think if anyone had told us at the beginning of 2020 what this year would have in store for us, we would have believed them; even now when I hear terms like ‘isolation’ and ‘lockdown’ I feel like I am living through some kind of weird disaster movie. I am half expecting someone to shout “CUT” from the wings and to suddenly find out I’ve had a peculiar starring role in the rumoured third sequel of 28 Days Later. Alas, I sense that’s probably not the case, and so instead we march onward in this strange new reality.
As you can imagine, the implications for the wedding industry have been huge and couples worldwide have been forced into some extremely hard decisions regarding their initial plans. Invariably, for us all, there’s been an influx of cancellations and postponements and I have spent many weeks in intense conversation with those couples affected and working tirelessly alongside other industry professionals to ensure we help alleviate the stress of the current situation, as much as is possible.
Alongside the practicalities that come with the rescheduling of a wedding (or indeed any celebratory event), there has been a lot of emotional turmoil too. I remember all too well the anticipation of my wedding day and there is something incredibly cruel about watching so many lovely couples being blindsided by this horrid virus and forced into halting that countdown. AND YET (capitals for emphasis!) let me tell you this…
I have been blown away by the kindness shown to me by these couples, their understanding and compassion in what is clearly a very difficult time for them has honestly been so moving. I have been privy to an overwhelming sense of determination to overcome the current situation, a real desire to move forward, and most movingly of all, I have watched couples living out the very vows they are being forced to postpone taking: for better or worse, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish.
Covid-19 has forced me as a professional to learn an awful lot about rescheduling and flexibility, (which I will talk about more extensively in my next post) but most of all it has taught me this: Your happily ever after will happen regardless of the date you say ‘I do’ and I know this, because I have witnessed how in every moment of every day you are already living and breathing it. This virus has changed our lives in untold ways these past few weeks, but the one thing it hasn’t done and the one thing it cannot do, is put a lockdown on love.