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  1. Chelsey
    March 12, 2021 @ 12:08 pm

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been thinking of you. I know this wasn’t an easy decision to get to, but just wanted to let you know that what you’re doing sounds like the perfect choice for you and Adam. I’m so happy for you two and can’t wait to continue to follow you on this journey! Yay for vaccines is right! ❤️

  2. Rachael
    March 12, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

    From a fellow corona bride, it is so so hard to make the decision to postpone. But third times a charm ( we are on our 3rd date too) and it will be wonderful and safe and hopefully stress free, being out of limbo/ indecision is the best feeling . We were always going to have a smaller wedding but ended up going down even further from 60 to 45 and now about 30 guests total. And yasss the outdoor wedding makes a HUGE difference…. it’s what we are doing too! My now Husband and I got married (minimony) on August 29th last year (wedding on May 1st this year) so it’s a great date to tie the knot ??

  3. Molly
    March 12, 2021 @ 12:38 pm

    From another Corona bride, I really appreciate you opening up about this. I’m sorry you can’t have your plan A wedding, but a tent with string lights sounds AMAZING! We kept our original date (10/16/20) and had a tiny mini ceremony with only our parents and pushed the reception to June 2021. We also pushed again to November 2021 and I also feel confident that we will all be vaccinated.
    Congrats on a new plan and hopefully planning becomes fun again!

  4. J
    March 12, 2021 @ 12:57 pm

    Thanks for letting us in–I’m sure this was difficult! I wonder if the catering company can help with rehearsal dinner/day-after brunch if you already have sunk some $$ in? Just a thought. Good luck to you!

  5. TB
    March 12, 2021 @ 1:18 pm

    I am not usually one to comment on others’ blog posts, but as a fellow Corona bride, I have been following your wedding journey and can relate in SO many ways. Our original wedding date was also May 24, 2020. We, also, postponed for the first time to August 2, 2020, only to postpone again to May 2, 2021. As we got closer, we didn’t have much choice but to either cut our guest list majorly or postpone…again. We chose the latter and postponed to our 4th date…August 29th, 2021. We are date twins 3 times over, I think! As emotional (and logistically nightmarish as it has all been), I am optimistic and hopeful that the 4th time will be the charm for BOTH of us :). Thanks for sharing your journey- you’re not alone!

  6. Maggie
    March 12, 2021 @ 2:23 pm

    Lauren you have done such an amazing job describing all of the complicated emotions that go along with this process! I am a fellow corona bride, but we did things differently than you two are. We kept our original date of 9/19/20 but cut down to about 30 people (from 300). Even though our wedding was a beautiful wonderful day, it was so difficult. There are friends and family members that never would’ve missed our wedding that had to watch it on youtube and that fact still breaks my heart. We are planning a reception in October to celebrate and I’m just starting to allow myself to get excited for that. The part you describe about not wanting to think about it and not allowing yourself to get excited is SO HARD. I hope you can start getting excited now because you deserve that!! Hoping and praying for the best day for you two <3

  7. Nicole
    March 12, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

    We are SO on the same track and of the same mindset about finding our way through this. I found you via your letter last spring which was the ONLY thing I came across with which I could identify. Our original date was 6 days after yours. We decided at the end of May to postpone our second date (which as in September). We decided in October to postpone that date until April, but didn’t announce the date beyond the wedding party. Our 4th date is the day before yours. And we are finally feeling a little excitement again. We’ve been able to keep most things the same, but obviously not everything. Communication with vendors has been key. Ignoring most “advice” has also. And now we have time for dance lessons – but only if I get on it soon…

    I spent forever designing our wedding invitations and rsvp cards and getting them printed. There were lots of tears, but it felt worth it when they were so beautiful. Then I created a matching change-the-date postcard that we sent in April of last year… I have been trying to decide if I want to go through the agony of creating new invitations, and I’m leaning towards ordering something more like a save the date with a photo that I can also send electronically. It will be a chance to use our engagement photos for something other than getting comfortable with the photographer. Since you have to switch photographers, maybe you could do a practice/still engaged session with the new one and use those photos somehow. We took a cute, cheesy photo pointing at an address that was our original wedding date. If only we’d been able to foresee we could have done one for our new date.

    It has meant a lot to me knowing you’re out there also prioritizing your support system and the vital role they will play in your wedding and your marriage. I know other options are right for other people, but for us a huge part of the wedding is the very presence of our loved ones. So even if we wanted to take the endless advice to “just get married now and have a party later,” it is important to us that those people be part of the getting married! Our wedding is smaller than yours (thank goodness his extended family isn’t large!), but we couldn’t cut it to 50 people without cutting lots of close family and friends who are dear enough to us that we’d rather wait than have our wedding be less because of their absence. We did briefly discuss having a progressive wedding – 3 separate weddings with approximately 50 guests each!

    I still don’t have the sort of joyful anticipation I did early last year, but I’m grateful to again be able to kind of imagine getting married. Wishing you all the best and hoping you can enjoy the last few months of being engaged!

  8. Tina
    March 13, 2021 @ 11:22 am

    I’m an older reader, not a Corona bride myself, but want to offer a note of support. I hope you don’t get messages questioning your logic. Life is hard now and whatever decisions people make are OK! Weddings are so important to families. It’s such a gift to your family to have the full wedding and allow everyone to gather. It may be the first time everyone will have a chance to see each other. It would have also been OK if you did any other alternative too. Congratulations!!

  9. Sarah
    March 13, 2021 @ 11:29 am

    YES to digital invites. Streamline things for yourself and your guests!!

  10. Aunt Peggy
    March 13, 2021 @ 5:42 pm

    Beautifully written Lauren! ? I teared up just thinking about all the stress you’ve had and your dream of a city wedding and all those plans being set aside. As you know this past year has been the worst for many other reasons beyond COVID. Your large extended family needs a reason to be happy and celebrate something big and joyous! What better way than celebrating love with family and friends? We support you, we adore you! Okay, Adam too. ? The Long and Winding Road…we know the way and we will be there. ❤️❤️

  11. Melissa Klusek
    March 15, 2021 @ 8:43 am

    Not a corona bride (I got married in 2017), but as someone who had the big wedding with 140 guests, 7 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen, and got the 3 generation photo of my husband with his grandpa, father, brother, uncle, cousins, and cousins’ sons, your feelings about wanting all of those moments are totally valid! I’ve been following along for the last year, and while I can only imagine how stressful everything has been, I’m so excited that you’re getting to have your big day this summer! Thinking of you!

  12. Ronnie
    March 25, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    I consider myself a half corona bride . OG date was 7/10/21 in Chicago (Hyatt regency). We moved it two months to 9/18/21. I fully am on board with city and don’t want suburbia (but yours will be beautiful!) I know some are rolling their eyes at extending it only two months but I also want to allow for extra time for vaccines and a game plan! Luckily our venue can hold 600 people (planning for 150) so we can still spread people out even if it is indoors. I’m still excited though! Do you have a plan for testing people beforehand? That’s what I’m struggling with.