Backyard weddings became a thing. The pandemic definitely changed the wedding industry and somehow allowed couples to celebrate their love in their own way. No expectations. Weddings became simpler and more organic.
Backyard weddings have an incredible and intimate charm in my opinion. Smaller weddings make guests feel more comfortable and unique. Emilia and Mitch had only 2 months to plan their backyard wedding. For a long time they weren’t sure how many guests they could invite due to pandemic restrictions.
They both knew they wanted to celebrate their wedding outdoor, surrounded by nature.
Their ceremony took place at Victoria Park in Windsor, Ontario, where they were able to invite 100 people. They were lucky because it was a last weekend where many people were allowed to gather for the wedding celebrations. A week later it was only 25 people.
The reception took place in Emilia’s parents backyard, which was beautifully decorated with twinkling lights and and boho accents that they both love.
Planning a wedding during the pandemic can be very stressful, so uncertain and unfamiliar. It is always great to see how couples put it all together. Create their wedding day in the new conditions and celebrate your love no matter what.
I also asked Emilia and Mitch four questions about their wedding planning during the pandemic. I really appreciate that they took their time to answer the questions and share their experience.
What was the most difficult part about planning your wedding during the pandemic?
The timeline. We had more than half of our original wedding planned by the first lockdown. When people started to cancel/postpone their weddings, we didn’t plan anything else for months, because we just had literally no idea what to expect. We didn’t know if we were going to be allowed 5 or 150 guests. By the time we were pretty confident that we would be able to have up to 100 people gather outdoors on our date. We had about 2 months to plan the whole thing, which really just wasn’t enough time. It was a very DIY wedding and we did my best to organize everything and everyone, but it was a very stressful and very last-minute planning experience and that was super frustrating because I like to over-prepare. I had to let go of some ideas the day before, because we just did not have the time to make them happen.
What turned out better than you expected?
The reception was perfect. My parents did a beautiful job of decorating the backyard, and there were twinkle lights everywhere. We ordered Thai food and hung out with our bridal party, immediate families, and best friends all night (and we got to spend so much more time with the people we are closest to because we had 30 reception guests instead of the originally planned 170). We all got tested before the wedding, so it was the one night without social distancing that whole year, which made everything extra special.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding during the pandemic?
Just take the pandemic into account when you’re planning! It might not feel this way, but you are lucky because you know what you’re getting into at this point. Don’t just ignore the pandemic and hope for the best. You will probably have to make at least some changes from your original plan if you’re getting married in 2021. If you do have to make big changes, it will be much less stressful and disappointing if you start to think about your options now. Make 25, 50, 100 person guest lists. Figure out how to have an online option for people who might not be able to make it in person. Maybe you won’t need any of this, but maybe you will, and it’s better to have it done.
Your wedding day will be so special, no matter how you celebrate it.
Is there anything that you would do differently?
We don’t think there’s anything (realistic) that I would have done differently. Overall, our wedding was the best day, and because of the pandemic, we did miss out on some really important experiences at the same time. We wouldn’t change the way that we did our wedding, because it was unique and special and we got married surrounded by people we love.
We set our wedding date a year before the pandemic started, but it turned out to be the perfect date.
You can read more interviews with couples who planned their wedding during the pandemic here: “Planning a wedding during the pandemic – Advice from couples.”
Emilia and Mitchell’s Backyard Wedding in Kitchener, Ontario was photographed by Monika Grzelak from Everglow Photography. Voted as Best Wedding Photographer in Toronto.