The pandemic has altered life as we once knew it and few services have had to adapt like the Oklahoma wedding industry. Being that love can still blossom during a pandemic and quarantine has led to a baby boom unlike any other I’ve ever seen on my Facebook timeline, people still want to get married in the time of COVID-19. According to News 9, Oklahoma planners and couples alike have to do a lot to say, “I do,” nowadays.
Via News 9…
The COVID-19 pandemic canceled events around the country and those include weddings right here in Green Country…
Tulsa Weddings and Designs owner Sharon Holm said her business has taken a huge hit since March. Her company was on a hiatus until mid-May when they began having a few small wedding gatherings to test the waters with a few staff members per event.
Holm said they’ve had several postponements, cancelations and a lot of downsizing for the events that are still happening. The wedding planner said she normally works at least 25 weddings and several more holiday or general parties per year.
But Saturday was a different for Holm. She had the opportunity to plan a family friend’s wedding.
“Avery and Brandon are getting married today on their original date which is super exciting,” Holm said. “They have been planning for at least eight months.”
The bride, Avery Lear, has been with her fiancé, Brandon, since college.
Once the pandemic hit Oklahoma, Lear began to worry how it would impact her special day…
“We will have masks available. They aren’t mandated, but if they feel more comfortable, they can,” Lear said. “I think Brandon and I will have one on. While talking to people, there will be sanitizing stations.”
“It’s one of those things that, at the end of the day, love isn’t canceled,” Holm said. “They still want to have their wedding day and celebrate.”
In all seriousness, I love the bride’s optimism and dedication to continuing with her wedding plans. As a licensed minister in Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to officiate a pandemic weddings during shelter-in-place this past spring and I tell you, it’s not as bad as it seems. In fact, here are 7 unexpected perks of having an Oklahoma wedding during the pandemic!
You don’t have to invite extended family