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Couple’s Wedding Canceled SEVEN Times! When is it time to say F* it and Elope?

Published Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 2021

Beth Deeley & Jonty Williamson Cover photo via The Sun, Photo Credit: Cater News Agency (original story linked below)

A couple in the UK have had their wedding cancelled a staggering seven times due to Covid lockdowns and restrictions, but they’re determined to keep waiting for their perfect wedding day. 


Longtime sweethearts Beth Deeley and Jonty Williamson, both 29, had been planning their festival-style wedding for years when they finally settled on a date: April 4, 2020.


But time and time again -- seven times, in fact! --  their plan was derailed by gathering restrictions and lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. The couple are now planning their fourth attempt to wed at their original venue. 


If you postponed a wedding during the pandemic and are now contemplating postponing again in 2021, this story might give you pause. Newly engaged couples searching for a perfect wedding date are struggling too. 


And wedding officiants in every county are doing their best to keep up with local safety guidelines and help couples prepare for ceremonies during the coming months of uncertainty. 


All of which begs the question: 


When is it time to stop rescheduling and just say, F* IT and elope? 


Beth and Jonty clearly have an ideal in mind, and we respect that! They know what they want, and they’re content to keep waiting. 


As Beth told The Sun, “It got easier the more dates that got cancelled. Now I just find it quite funny and we know we will get there when we get there.”


But some couples are less attached to a specific idea or vision, or simply don’t want to wait. As the pandemic continues, couples are letting go of their previous expectations and choosing modern alternatives: microweddings and minimonies, sequel weddings, virtual and hybrid weddings, livestream ceremonies, and asking roommates and family members to marry them in spontaneous, tiny ceremonies. (Scroll down for how-to resources for all of these!)


There’s no right or wrong choice - only the choice that’s right for you.



Image of young couple eloping with bicycle and sign that says Just Married



As great wedding officiants know, a ‘perfect' wedding ceremony is just a matter of helping a couple find what works best for them. 


If you’re contemplating postponing, need inspiration while planning an alternative pandemic wedding, or are debating whether eloping is right for you, check out these helpful articles: 


Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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