Married During COVID – Knox County VillageSoup
COVID-19 has derailed many events and industries, but none more so than the wedding industry.
Veronica and Samuel Ives experienced this when they started planning their wedding in early 2020.
The couple had to reschedule and reschedule almost every aspect of their big day due to the pandemic. “There were a lot of hurdles,” Veronica said. But they managed to overcome these challenges and still have the special day they wanted.
The best advice Veronica has for couples planning a wedding during COVID-19? Don’t compromise on what you want.
“If that’s what you want, find a way to make it happen,” Veronica said. “Don’t sacrifice one of the most important days of your life.”
So while Veronica and Sam were talking about eloping, it didn’t fit with the couple’s vision of their marriage. “I knew I would regret it,” Veronica said.
Veronica’s other advice? Use the resources available on the World Wide Web. “I don’t know how I would have done without the internet,” she said.
The first thing to change was the couple’s actual wedding date. The couple originally planned their big day for August 2020. Then Maine declared a state of emergency in May and it all came to a halt.
Sam works as a cook and Veronica also works part-time in the restaurant industry. These restaurants closed, leaving the couple without a source of income.
Not only that, but they were missing some pretty important stuff when the statewide shutdown happened. Neither Veronica nor her bridesmaids had dresses and all the bridal shops were closed.
So, the wedding was postponed to August 2021. Veronica said their venue, Steel House in Rockland, was very understanding.
Veronica’s wedding also came to the rescue. On the weekend the group was supposed to try on dresses, they sent her money to help pay for her wedding dress.
On the date of the couple’s original wedding, the wedding party met again and sent the couple money for a nice dinner together.
Once the bridal shops started to reopen, Veronica faced another hurdle. Many clothing stores had limits on party sizes. “I always wanted my whole family to be there to try on dresses,” Veronica said.
So she found a store in Bangor that worked with Veronica and her friends and family to accommodate that. The store closed to the public so Veronica and her group could shop for dresses at a private party.
The next hurdle the couple faced was catering. Their original plan was to have a buffet and past appetizers. With COVID-19, those options were no longer safe for Veronica, Sam, and their guests.
“It was a huge hassle, trying to find a caterer,” Veronica said. “Everything was impossible.”
The couple were eventually able to rent a mobile wood-fired pizza bus. Slices of pizza and salad were individually plated, with charcuterie boards at each table for appetizers.
Overall, Veronica said she felt extremely lucky. She was able to receive out-of-state guests and did not have to require masks or apply other restrictions.
And of course, the most important thing was that at the end of the day, the couple was married.
“It was honestly perfect,” Veronica said.