Welcome to wedding world 2020! A global pandemic is certainly not what we were expecting when we planned this publication, but it’s what we’re experiencing right now.
Many, many couples’ plans will change this year due to COVID-19. Many vendors will lose a great deal of business. Frankly, this sucks. But, it gives everyone planning a wedding an opportunity to take a step back and assess what’s important.
It’s OK to feel uncertain or sad about changed or canceled plans, but don’t despair — you’re not alone. Marriage is about joy and connection, and there are so many unique ways to express and celebrate that, even in the age of social distancing. In the timeless words of the Emily Post Institute, do what will truly make you feel married on that day.
If you want to get married in quarantine without many other people present, that’s amazing. If you want to wait until we can gather together again safely, that’s fine too! Take this time to find ideas, to gather cherished memories, and to enjoy the company — in person, virtually or with some good old-fashioned letter-writing — of those you love.
For this issue, we’ve picked some Vermont locales and highlights to give you inspiration for 2020 and beyond. Visit an all-inclusive romantic inn, a rustic log cabin resort and a lakefront museum in our “Where to Wed” feature; consider your options for including children in your celebrations and find out where to get all the gear; and get inspired by real couples who tied the knot in the gorgeous Green Mountains.
We hope you find inspiration within these pages, and we look forward to sharing all Vermont has to offer for your special day!