"We have postponed our July wedding to a special date in December because of Coronavirus"
30 Mar 2020
Nicole Maw and Chris Chapman from Leicestershire are one of the many couples left devastated by the impact of Coronavirus on their wedding plans
Nicole and Chris, who both work for Leicestershire Police, met at work and Chris proposed three days before they were due to welcome their son, Theo, on 18th December 2018.
Their wedding was planned for 12th July 2020, when the couple was set to welcome 70 friends and family members to Normanton Church for a religious ceremony followed by a marquee reception at Rutland Water. A further 30 guests were due to join the party in the evening.
Nicole says: "It was to be our perfect day. When the news of the COVID-19 crisis struck, I remained fairly optimistic about our plans until the prime minister announced that he was imminently going to instruct stricter measures in terms of social gatherings."
"I was in regular contact with Rutland Water," continues Nicole. "I knew they were to hold an emergency meeting about what they were going to do, so me and Chris had a conversation about our options. I have vital family members who are over 70-years-old and I couldn’t not have them there."
The couple considered holding out hope for their July wedding, but with the 12-week isolation period for vulnerable groups ending in mid-June there was no guarantee that their wedding could go ahead even after this date.
"It was such a hard decision, but the anxiety of the uncertainty of what would happen just made us finalise the decision to postpone. You want the build up to your wedding to be exciting and not to feel uncertainty around it, so we felt we had no other option."
The couple, who have also had to cancel their hen and stag party arrangements, will get legally married on 22nd December 2020 in a small ceremony at Catmose Cottage in Oakham instead - also son Theo's second birthday. They will hold their wedding reception on 26th June 2021 so that all of their guests can attend as they had originally planned.
Nicole has praised the venue and wedding suppliers for accommodating their request to postpone. She says: "We have been incredibly lucky that all our suppliers and our venue have been so understanding and really accommodating. We have remained in close contact with all our suppliers and everyone has been able to postpone to the dates we have chosen. It’s made this horrid situation that bit easier, having such lovely people to work with."
Commenting on how she is remaining positive during these upsetting and stressful times, Nicole says: "Like a lot of people, I am in regular contact with friends and family. I am also active in bridal Facebook groups so I’m chatting to a lot of brides going through the same thing. We are sharing stories and trying to advise each other as best we can, but also offering support and trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
"More importantly though, I’m doing everything the Government is asking so that we can hopefully overcome this difficult time as fast as we can."