Stephen: Small weddings celebrate love during pandemic

Engaged couples who planned to marry before the pandemic are starting to consider a “minimony”: a pared-down version of the wedding they’d planned. The Associated Press reports that couples are getting married without guests, having a few guests or live-streaming the event for relatives. Some are planning to have the big event once quarantines are lifted and travel is easier. “We were about to put a $15,000 deposit down on a venue when coronavirus hit,” said bride-to-be Kate Whiting. “Why would I want to wait to marry my best friend?” Whiting and her fiancé Jake Avery are getting married in June in their yard. They still plan to go ahead with a 300-guest wedding when it’s possible. Around the world, 93 percent of couples are simply rescheduling their planned weddings; only seven percent have canceled. “I hope that other people can pause and consider this as an option,” said another bride to be. “It feels like the wedding industry and wedding trends have turned into such a show.”

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