How I worded my wedding announcements after my coronavirus elopement #Invitation advice#coronavirus wedding#invitation wording#marriage announcement#small wedding Posted Mar 29 2021 Guest post by Molly Hamilson Photos by Barbara O Photography My husband and I were planning a big wedding for fall 2020, but obviously, a global pandemic had other plans in store for us. We talked about delaying the wedding, pushing it out into late 2020… but after a long talk, my fiancé and I decided that we wanted to just be married … we didn't need to have a wedding. So instead of having a huge wedding that was going to take us a year to plan, we decided to get married a week later, with just parents, siblings, and grandparents. It was basically an elopement, with a couple family members present. Our plan is to have an anniversary party and vow renewal in a couple of years, when the public health situation has changed. Well, and also, when hopefully we will have enough money to do what we envisioned our wedding being. So, what about the wedding announcements after this Covid elopement? We are sending announcements because we don't want people to feel that they were excluded on purpose. We want them to know that they are important to us and that we truly wanted to share our wedding with them, but that the options for doing that as we wanted just weren't available in the current economy (our theory about why the food is getting crappy). We're going with this wording: With great joy we announce that we were married on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 in Austin, Texas Our painfully small guestlist meant there were many loved ones we were not able to invite. We deeply missed having you there, but you were in our hearts. We love you. We miss you. We hope to see you soon! Love, His Name, My Name We used the design I'd picked for invitations for our wedding announcement cards We ordered the invitations I'd originally fallen in love with to use as announcements because they were one of the few details I was actually set on. Who cares the design is a little too fancy for announcements… they're beautiful, and my people know how much I love stationery! In the pocket intended for the response card, we instead included the story of how we decided to just get married instead of having a wedding, and all the funny things that happened in those four days of rushing to get a marriage license, rings, and something to wear. I included the story about how old women thought I was crazy when I spontaneously burst into happy tears in the grocery store because I was getting married in a couple days. What we did NOT include on our marriage announcement We made a point not to say anything about gifts or a registry. Especially this year, when so many of my friends and family are dealing with financial challenges, we didn't want to contribute any stress there. The response to these my wedding announcements? Pure joy! We really wanted our extended families and all our friends to feel included in some way, and to be able to understand and share in our happiness… and it worked. Related Post Wedding announcement wording that won't hurt the uninvited Here's your challenge: how to share your good news with people without making them feel like A) they were excluded from the good times, or B) you expect anything from… Read More Molly Hamilson PREVIOUS I had a $6k wedding budget, here's the real breakdown of my expenses NEXT My aggressively atheist non-religious wedding vows and ceremony script Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] Love it! I'm a stationer, this year has definitely been more interesting. This is the first year someone has had to seen a Round 3 save the date, and the first year I've gotten to include swear words in a design, haha. Her idea is a good use of a wedding announcement, and I have no doubt people appreciated some good news. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.