COVID-19 has derailed many events and industries, but none so much as the wedding industry.

Veronica and Samuel Ives experienced this when they started planning their wedding in the early months of 2020.

The couple had to reschedule and replan almost all aspects of their big day due to the pandemic. “There were a lot of hurdles,” Veronica said. But they were able to overcome those challenges and still have the special day they wanted.

The best advice Veronica has for couples planning a wedding during COVID-19? Do not compromise on what you want.

“If this is what you want, find a way to make it happen,” Veronica said. “Don’t sacrifice one of the most important days of your life.”

So while Veronica and Sam discussed eloping, that did not match the couple’s vision of their wedding. “I knew I would regret it,” Veronica said.

Veronica’s other advice? Use the resources available on the world wide web. “I don’t know how I would have done it without the internet,” she said.

The first thing to change was the couple’s actual wedding date. Originally the pair scheduled their big day for August 2020. Then Maine declared a state of emergency in May, and everything shut down.

Sam works as a cook, and Veronica works part-time in the restaurant industry as well. Those restaurants closed down, leaving the couple without an income stream.

Not only that, but they were missing some pretty important pieces when the statewide shutdown occurred. Neither Veronica nor her bridesmaids had dresses, and all the bridal shops were closed.

Thus the wedding was postponed to August 2021. Veronica said their venue, Steel House in Rockland, was very understanding.

Veronica’s bridal party came to the rescue as well. The weekend the group was supposed to try on dresses, they sent her money to help pay for her bridal gown.

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On the couple’s original wedding date, the bridal party again got together and sent the couple money to have a nice dinner together.

Once bridal shops began to open again, Veronica found herself facing another hurdle. Many dress shops had limits on party sizes. “I always wanted my whole family there to try on dresses,” Veronica said.

So she found a shop in Bangor that worked with Veronica and her friends and family to accommodate this. The store closed to the public so Veronica and her group could shop for dresses as a private party.

The next hurdle the couple faced was catering. Their original plan was to have a buffet and passed appetizers. With COVID-19, those options were no longer safe for Veronica, Sam and their guests.

“That was a huge issue, trying to find a caterer,” Veronica said. “Everything was impossible.”

The couple was finally able to hire a mobile woodfire pizza bus. Pizza slices and salad were plated individually, with charcuterie boards at each table for appetizers.

Overall, Veronica said she felt extremely lucky. She was able to have guests from out of state and did not have to require masks or enforce other restrictions.

And of course, the most important thing was that at the end of the day the couple was married.

“It was honestly perfect,” Veronica said.

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