By: Nikki Thompson Creative

4 Otter Tail County Brides Give Insight Into Postponing Their Weddings

If you’ve been planning a spring or summer wedding, you’re likely considering your options due to the recent Covid-19 health pandemic.

Do you postpone both your ceremony and reception to a later date (uncertain of when, exactly, life will return to normal)? Or have a private marriage ceremony (courthouse, outdoors, or at home) to tie the knot when planned and then celebrate later with family and friends? 

Without a doubt, this crisis is testing your strength as a couple. Fortunately, you have each other to lean on and support each other as you make some tough decisions and rework your plans. 

On a national scale, it is currently recommended to avoid groups of more than 10 people, and the state of Minnesota specifically is under a stay-at-home order due to Covid-19 for an unknown amount of time. This uncertainty can make decision making on your wedding plans even more difficult. 

To stay up-to-date on the latest recommendations, check out the MN Governor’s page here: https://mn.gov/governor/covid-19/

Many soon-to-be brides we interviewed have already been contacted by their venues to discuss options—either to reschedule for another available date or to cancel altogether and change plans.

Fortunately, venues, rental companies, and other vendors in the wedding industry have been accommodating in helping couples reschedule and work around this delay. Blake Minge of the Cactus in Perham, MN, is likewise trying to help couples: “We are being as flexible as possible in helping accommodate alternative dates. So long as we can accommodate an alternative date, at this point, there is no additional cost to the couple.”

We spoke with Molly Mostowski of New York Mills, MN, about her April 18 wedding which has now been rescheduled to August 30. Her advice to couples: 

“Whatever choice you make, make it together. I have seen so many couples handling this in so many different ways. I’ve seen a bride and groom say “I Do” on their front lawn. I’ve seen a bride and groom have their first dance in their living room and their wedding dinner on their patio. I’ve seen ceremonies being live streamed over the internet, and I’ve seen postponements. There is no right way to handle this. It’s a crazy situation that none of us could have ever planned for. Talk with your fiance, and decide what will work best for you two, because in the end that’s all that matters.Over the past two weeks, I’ve cried some, but I’ve also smiled. I’ve realized that we will still get our special day. I will still get to walk down the aisle, dance with my dad, and have my sparkler exit that I’ve been planning … it’s just going to be four months later than expected. Take a deep breath and think about how much better it’s going to feel when you FINALLY get to walk down that aisle.”

MacKenzie Weatherly of Vining, MN, had a May 2nd wedding planned they have rescheduled for August 22. Her advice to couples:

“I would say make the best decisions for yourself and be open to change and new ideas. Make the decision, stick with it, and be proactive. Read your contracts, be upfront and strong when talking to them if needed. Don’t worry too much about what others are thinking—everyone was really understanding of what is happening and if they aren’t then that’s too bad because it is still your wedding.”

Courtney Walter of Perham, MN, had a May 30th wedding planned that they have rescheduled for August 22. Her advice: 

“Go with your gut feeling and try not to let others influence what you do. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding day!” 

Allie Hoeft of Ottertail, MN, had a June 6th wedding planned that they are rescheduling to August 7. Her insight: 

“We decided to change our plans because we didn’t want to risk the health of ourselves or our families. We wanted to have a better shot at having a wedding with a few more people, even if that only means 50. That’s still better than 10. My advice to others would be to postpone to a different date even if you have to wait a few more months or a year. For us, we’ve been planning for a year and half and we figured what’s a couple more months? Plus it gives us more time to plan since we were a little bit behind on things anyways! We’re just trying to look at the positives. “

If you are considering postponing your wedding, check out this great article from Brides with helpful tips: https://www.brides.com/story/how-to-postpone-cancel-a-wedding

Haven’t started wedding planning yet? Check out our helpful wedding planning guide here: https://shimmerchicmn.com/2020/02/wedding-checklist-planner/