Real 2020 Weddings - Mila & Darren

The first of my Real 2020 Weddings Series, M & D held their wedding in the summer of 2020. Here is their experience of planning a wedding during a pandemic.

We decided to turn the limitations of 2020 into an opportunity. My husband and I chose to have our wedding in our backyard with 15 guests. By choosing a small wedding, we were able to spend money on landscaping our yard, which we will enjoy for years to come rather than on a venue rental. Our yard looked beautiful on our wedding day! We decided to go all out and we rented beautiful lights and decorations from Delicate Petals Event Planning. Because our yard is relatively small, the decorations made a huge impact compared to a traditional hall or banquet room.

We also saw how tough the pandemic has been on small business owners. This was another silver lining to having our wedding last year. We were able to support local vendors at a time when they needed it most. We purchased many of our potted plants at Floral Acres greenhouse and our flower arrangements were done by Michelle's Flowers. Our wedding supper was courtesy of the best restaurant in town, Konga Cafe.

Because of the small guest list, we were able to provide an open bar to our guests. With a small guest list, it opens up options for food and beverages where you can choose your favorite restaurant to cater and still stay within budget. Lianne was very accommodating and worked with our budget. She jumped in on the day of the wedding, with no fuss, which is exactly what we wanted. We even had our pastor officiate as Elvis! People came together and were willing to work with us to make our day special because they knew how unique it is to plan a wedding with strict limitations. Looking back, we would do it the exact same way, Covid or not!

We were able to share our day with the people that have guided our relationship and made us who we are today. We were able to enjoy everyone's company in the comfort of our own yard.

During planning, it is tough knowing many people that should be at your wedding won't be. Looking back 6 months later however, it was the best decision we made. I know some couples decided to hold off with their weddings last year, and they are probably going to have to wait a couple more years to have that large wedding. For us, being married in front of our immediate family was the number one priority. Our wedding was unique and one of a kind and I would do it again!

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