My brother and brand new sister in-law were planning a big wedding in Wisconsin in May. With the spread of Covid19, they had to postpone their original plans, but opted to exchange vows and celebrate their love with a sweet ceremony and an intimate nine person soiree in their backyard on their original wedding date.
As a sister, new mom, and wedding planner, their wedding was easily going to be the highlight of my 2020. I was so looking forward to celebrating my brother, supporting my new sister in-law, dancing with my niece in her flower crown, taking selfies with my nephew in his suit, and introducing my baby in his bowtie to friends and relatives.
I was disappointed beyond measure that we had to practice social distancing and could not travel to attend the wedding in person. Our plan B, to witness their wedding by Zoom, turned out to be a solid alternative that made me feel included and part of the joy and celebration from the comfort and safety of our home outside of Boston.
I am a self-proclaimed helicopter relative, I love hard, so I started checking in with my family early on Friday, the day prior to the wedding. I had heart to heart conversations with my niece and nephew, which was good and it brought my emotions to the surface. I was happy to get a good cry out of the way so my Zoom privileges weren’t revoked for ugly crying during the ceremony.
On Saturday morning, my sister in-law initiated a video chat with me as she and my niece were getting ready. Being a part of this time made my heart so happy. I got to keep my niece company as her nails dried.
Then my husband, our son, and I logged into Zoom in time for the ceremony. It was amazing to feel so close to the action from so far away. I got to see the dancing, the video my brother made as a surprise, the dresses, the sentiments, and more. I love that my niece and nephew could run up to the screen to show or tell me things throughout the evening.
Couples and vendors alike are going through a lot with the current pandemic. This is a difficult time for those getting married and for the wedding industry as a whole. Send the card, buy the gift, write the review, respect their wishes, go the extra mile, and be patient and kind to all those involved.
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This is a guest post from Tammy Golson Fallon. Tammy is the owner and creative director of Tammy Golson Events, and a co-founder of Boston Planners Dining Club. With over 10 years of experience, Tammy plans luxury weddings for couples throughout New England, in New York City, and in the Midwest.
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