Planning a wedding under normal circumstances is stressful enough

A couple who are due to be married have been describing the problems organising their wedding which might not happen because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anna Wilkinson and James Slater have been in a relationship for two-and-a-half years and got engaged in 2019 when the pandemic news was distant.

With the date set for late August 2020, the planning is well under way even though they are planning for a wedding that might not happen.

“Planning a wedding normally is relatively stressful, but planning it when you don’t know if it will go ahead or not is worse”
Anna Wilkinson, Bride-to-be

The couple are trying to keep their hopes up despite their circumstances: “We’ve just started thinking positively and acting as if it’s going ahead. Whatever happens, we’re going to get married on the day.”

Their original 90-guest wedding would be replaced with a much smaller gathering of immediate family and the large church would be swapped for a register office.

The guest list would have to be drastically reduced if lock down is not lifted

It is not what they had in mind but that will not stop the celebrations from happening: “Planning a wedding normally is relatively stressful, but planning it when you don’t know if it will go ahead or not is worse.”

In 2016 there were 249,793 marriages in England and Wales according to the Office of National Statistics so a lot of people will be in this situation when it comes to planning a wedding in lockdown.

Plan B for Anna and James is to get legally married this year and have a wedding reception in the summer of 2021 to make up for the wedding. And James says he does not plan to give up the honeymoon.