Pandemic Patience

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Orso Mosman Wedding - Marriage Celebrant Sydney Stephen Lee

Fourth time lucky for Leigh and Mike whose wedding plans were thrown into ever-changing COVID chaos. Finally we made it to the wedding day – a lesson for all in pandemic patience.

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit”

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I can think of lots of words I’ve been using to describe the past year but FLEXIBILITY is one of the more polite ones. I’ve lost count of the number of couples who’ve had to postpone, rearrange, change, downscale or duplicate their wedding ceremonies because of COVID. The rules have been ever-changing which has proved challenging and stressful. But here’s just one of many stories I could tell you to give you confidence that it all works out OK in the end. Actually, more than OK….

For Leigh and Mike, it was fourth time lucky. We had to change the date, time and venue. It was a cycle of being on, then off, then on, then off, then on again. Organising a wedding is a massive task just once but coordinating numerous changes feels overwhelming. We went through lockdowns, challenges and even quarantine – Leigh had to go overseas at short and unexpected notice, which mean we had to do the wedding planning on Zoom from her quarantine hotel room. Two close family members very sadly passed away before we finally got to the wedding day; the joy of getting married bittersweet with those two empty chairs in the front row.

I wouldn’t have blamed them for giving up – at least for a while. But Leigh and Mike showed amazing resolve, determination and patience. And boy, did that pay off. When wedding day arrived, the atmosphere was even more electric than it usually is; you could feel the sense of anticipation, relief and absolute joy. As they made their entrance down the aisle, together holding hands, the huge smiles on their faces said it all.

I knew this was always going to be a special ceremony (they all are of course, but we poured so much love and effort into creating something truly meaningful) and I wasn’t disappointed. I think the extra wait made the wedding even sweeter.

So what can we learn from that? It feels crushing when COVID kicks in and you plans have to change. Yes it’s extra work and a headache to unpick everything and start over. But don’t be disheartened. Stay flexible, roll with the punches and the wedding day will come. The mood is changing too; 2021 feels different to 2020 already. It’s going to be a great year.

And in the meantime….. take inspiration from this: