Today was supposed to be Megan and John's big wedding day! But a little thing like a global pandemic prevented that from happening. Instead Megan and John asked me to officiate a small intimate ceremony for them at John's parents house earlier today and a large celebration with all their family and friends is planned for one year from now on the same weekend.
Wedding couples getting married this season are having to make some really hard decisions. Many have postponed their weddings to later in the year or to 2021. But no matter what couples decide to do, the most helpful piece of advice I can give is to remain flexible and not be "married" to your original plans.
John and Megan were happy with their decision to have a small micro wedding today. They seemed were surprised by how meaningful and emotional it was for them and the few family members that came. I wasn't surprised at all because I know that no matter how small a ceremony is, it is still a wedding and that makes it a special day. Congratulations John and Megan!
A KORU (kor-roo) is the Maori word for "loop." For the indigenous people of New Zealand, the koru spiral shape represents the fern frond as it begins to unfurl, symbolizing new beginnings and hope for the future. It embodies a new phase of life, positive change, personal growth, working together in harmony, and being mindful of the good things in life. This is why I named my business, Koru Ceremony. We strive to personify these ideals that honor the celebration of a new beginning through ceremony.
Who knew that a global pandemic would support a new trend that is on the rise in the wedding industry- the sequel wedding. A sequel wedding is when a couple has multiple ceremonies. For example, a microwedding or elopement followed by a larger-scaled second wedding.
If you are a couple that is disappointed that your wedding got postponed this season but are still planning to have a small intimate ceremony now in the midst of COVID-19 and are planning a bigger celebrate at a later time, you are on trend and what you are doing now has a name.
What makes a sequel wedding appealing is that there is no need to cram everything into one day. The big take away in this article is “if you’re wondering how to have two wedding ceremonies, you’ll want to start first by creating a distinct vision for both. Since a sequel wedding is comprised of at least two distinct soirees, you have an opportunity to shatter the mold with a range of style options.”
To read more, click on this article by The Knot- The Sequel Wedding: What It Is and Why You Might See More of It.
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Sending wedding couples that are getting hitched in 2020 a big virtual group hug. Our couples getting married this spring and early summer have had some tough decisions to make.
Here are some of the questions we have been trying to help couples navigate:
“Should we postpone our wedding and pick a new date?”
“Should we wait to see what happens and cross our fingers that everything will be back to 'normal' by our wedding day?”
“Should we have a micro-wedding with just us, our Koru officiant, and 2 witnesses and then plan a larger celebration with all our friends and family at a later time?”
There are no easy answers but we are reassuring our couples that we will try our best to be as flexible as possible with whatever they decide.
FOR NEW COUPLES- Good news! We are still booking weddings in 2020 and 2021 and would love to chat (virtually or on the phone) with you about your ceremony and your vision for the wedding day.
OTHER GOOD NEWS- The Register of Deeds is still issuing marriage license in Wisconsin. In Dane County they have set up a virtual portal. If you want more information about this, email the county at email@example.com or call them at 608-266-4121 between 10am and 1pm and they can walk through how to set up your virtual appointment. Those outside of Dane County, contact your county clerk office to see how they are issuing licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay kind. Stay home. We will get through this together.
Photo by Kristyn Hogan
One of my all time favorite photographers to work with are Justine and Christine from Natural Intuition Photography! Here is a snippet from Erin and Luke's February wedding at The Fields Reserve in Stoughton, WI.
To see the full video click HERE. It is worthwhile watching the whole thing.
I am blown away by the video they created for Erin and Luke. They perfectly captured this beautiful and amazing couple with such a beautiful and heartwarming video!
Thank you Erin and Luke for writing this very sweet review for me on both The Knot and Wedding Wire:
"Pat did an amazing job crafting the most beautiful ceremony for us! She was able to create a ceremony for us that put into words how special this day was. We received so many compliments from our guests on how thoughtful the ceremony was."
Erin and Luke were married on Feb. 15 at The Fields Reserve.
Photo by Natural Intuition Photography
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