The new normal, courtesy of Covid-19 has inspired creativity in incredible, extraordinary ways.
Heather and Barry; a couple from Cork, Ireland got engaged in February 2019. They planned to get married on 20th July 2019 but the pandemic foiled their plans and they had to reschedule the wedding. The different restrictions due to Covid-19 caused them to keep changing their wedding plans.
Unfortunately, they both lost their jobs in March 2020, so they had to get a loan for the wedding. They wanted to have 60 people at the reception and another 30 at the afters, but it was not to be. The effects of the pandemic kept intruding into their plans until the couple decided they were going to have a very small wedding.
The duo agreed that only their mums and one sister each would be present for the wedding, and they would have the tiny reception out of the boot of a car!
Next thing was the bride’s appearance which putting together did not cost so much.
“I was at a wedding fair in Castlemartyr and there was a girl there, she was getting rid of all her wedding dresses and she happened to have the exact dress that I wanted! I went to Alterations by Kate in Ballincollig to get some changes made to it – there was mesh on the chest and I asked her to cut that off and put capped sleeves on it. She also made a matching mask.”
After the dress was sorted out,
“My sister and I looked up a few YouTube tutorials on Hollywood waves for my hair; she did one trial run and then did it on the day! I did my make-up, my mum’s make-up and my sister’s make-up!”
I don’t think it would be incorrect to call Heather a wonderful woman for going incredibly simple for her wedding. After the court ceremony, at which the presence of her friend pleasantly surprised her, definitely a surprise organized by her family, they got coffee from her favourite café, Pink Moon, and had a takeaway in the evening.
During the reception, Barry’s mum came with customised cupcakes and champagne which the couple was not expecting.
Heather, now a vegan blogger said to RSVP Live, “In the end, it was a relief to just focus on ourselves.”
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.