Especially when it comes to planning your wedding.
I got engaged on May 14, 2019, while celebrating our one-year anniversary of dating. At the time, I had no clue what the next year would entail and how much it would dictate our plans.
Originally we had booked a lavish restaurant venue on the water, with breathtaking views of a Marina, the Puget Sound, mountains in the background and a big cityscape on the other side. It was perfect and we couldn’t wait to enjoy the space.
Our original guest list was 130+, already hitting the space limit and excluding many children of those who would attend. As the reality started to hit that we would have to cancel our wedding at the location we chose, I began to search for a substitute.
I chose to follow my gut for safety, as well as legal guideline set by the city, but opted to search for an outdoor venue, which was convenient since our wedding would take place beginning of August, some of the peak perfect weather in Seattle.
In some ways, I am a local to the area; having lived mostly in Seattle since my arrival to the United States in the late 90’s. I knew parks in the area, which ones were more secluded, had public restrooms, epic views and benches or tables.
Ironically, we ended up getting married at the same spot we had the majority of our engagement photos. The space was perfect for us.
Outdoors surrounded by water, incredible views of the downtown skyline and the Olympic Mountain range in the distance, we were even graced by the presence of a bald eagle during the event.
This was a space we had frequented in our early days as a couple, pretty regularly. I grew up near this area and remembered when the park was built and brand new to the neighborhood.
So talk with your significant other, about what is most important to you as a couple for your wedding.
Is it to have as many of your loved ones and friends in attendance or viewing the vows? Perhaps a ZOOM wedding is the best option for right now, with a follow up party when restrictions are lifted. Or at least to get it recorded and shared through a file for all to view.
If it’s about food, décor, then make sure the day reflects that!
Getting married during Covid-19 was the best decision I made because it allowed us to focus on what was truly important for us as a couple- and it wasn’t the most lavish set up, expensive outfits or a big crowd, it was having the two of us, there, proclaiming our love and commitment to each other.