Couples find trouble planning weddings during COVID-19 crisis


Tara Pelton

Tara Pelton and Bryan Belzer pose with their dogs on their save the date cards.

Spring and summer seasons tend to have a lot of action packed within them – school ending, vacations, camping and more importantly, weddings. People tend to pick these warm-weather seasons to hold their wedding ceremonies for the chance of an outdoor wedding or a nice outdoor reception. 

However, in the world’s current situation, how could anybody plan for anything? Especially an event as significant as a wedding? 

Many couples are finding themselves in a bind now that it is recommended to practice social distancing. For those who have been planning a wedding since before the COVID-19 outbreak, their plans may be jeopardized. 

Friends of the Wormald family, Amy Penn and Chaz Krone, had planned for a wedding in April but have been forced to change their plans.  

“Our adjustments we made were changing the details of the day to be simple, small, and what was necessary for us to be Mr. and  Mrs.Krone at the end of the day,” Penn said. “This allowed for us to keep our original April date and then plan for a larger celebration in August.”

In other cases, one can still have hope of not having to change their save the date. 

“I’m still planning for my wedding to happen,” sibling of senior Lauren DeWitz, Tara Pelton, said. “Luckily for me my date isn’t until August, so I’m optimistic by that time we will be in the clear.” 

A wedding ceremony should be a magical night for the couple and guests involved. No matter the troubles, two people in love will do what it takes to get this.”

— Lauren DeWitz

Weddings take a ton of planning. Just at a glance, the couple needs a venue, clothing, catering, decorations and more. Many engaged partners are having trouble preparing all of these things when they’re not entirely sure if they’ll be able to have their ceremony in the way they planned it.

“I’m happy to say that I’ve had great support from my wedding party during this time,” Pelton said. “Everyone understands that I’m doing my best to navigate through this difficult time, and they’ve all been there by my side throughout.”

With planned situations up in the air, making adjustments and being fluid is essential. 

“Our family and friends have been encouraging and understanding during this time,” Penn said. “They are disappointed that they won’t be there for our April date when we become man and wife – while they are excited to celebrate in August.”

Another factor that goes along with wedding planning is the businesses, like vendors, who help prepare for the big day. 

“We were able to rebook our reception tent and flower order along with receiving a refund to order corrected invitations.” Penn said.

Added Pelton: “Working with my vendors has been a great experience overall,” Pelton said. “All have worked with me diligently to ensure I’m comforted in this time as well as their commitment to my special day.” 

A wedding ceremony should be a magical night for the couple and guests involved. No matter the troubles, two people in love will do what it takes to get this. 

“I felt a whole range of emotions,” Penn said. “From worried of the reality as friends messaged me new restrictions they were facing, to despair of what expectations I had overly built up for myself to reassurance that we could still be married, to hopeful as the limitations allowed for creativity and to finally peace as I could rest trusting the nature and character of God.”

Added Pelton:“I feel like I’ve been very lucky in this situation. So many others have had to cancel their special day and I’m grateful to feel mine is still within reach.”