Not even a pandemic can completely dampen wedding dreams. Sure, travel is discouraged to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and only 50, well-spaced guests can gather outdoors to celebrate a couple in places like Multnomah County that are still in Phase I of reopening.
No wonder marriage license requests fell 32% in Multnomah County in August, compared to last August, according to county spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti.
Still, brides and grooms are making plans for a small ceremony — a mini wedding — or are deciding to postpone until post pandemic to tie the knot. Shutterfly guarantees peace of mind with this offer: It will reprint cards for free if the date changes.
More good news: Internet searches of wedding supplies and services are starting to rebound after abruptly stopping in early spring when stay-at-home orders were issued.
“I think there has been enough adjustment time that couples are finally ready to start making plans again,” she says. “And, I think a lot of couples that may have been hesitant to the idea of micro weddings initially are starting to come around to the idea and are really excited about it.”
Here are retailers offering advice, the latest trends and sales on must-have wedding items.
Kay Jewelers has information on choosing wedding jewelry plus 50% off of select jewelry through Sept. 3. A 10k white gold engagement ring with a 1/2 carat princess round diamond is $909.99, which is 30% off.
Zales offers a virtual search in which you upload a photo of the most perfect ring and you’ll be directed to similar ones on zales.com. Or shop for an engagement ring by the stone shape, from asscher to oval, and save 30% off select 10k and 14k gold wedding bands. Take an extra 25% off during the Labor Day sale.
From courtly letterpress to modern, there is stationery with the perfect look and feel to let friends and family know to reserve the day just for you two.
Artifact Uprising, which “exists for joy,” has high-quality wedding cards and stationery, from save the date and invitations to thank you notes.
Evermine wedding stationery, including wine labels and place cards, can ship in 24 to 48 hours. Take 20% off your first order.
Greenvelope lets couples save time, trees and money with email invitations and RSVP tracking. Designs range from rustic and natural to modern and chic. Look at invitations to virtual events and socially distanced celebrations, or if an event has been canceled or postponed, browse those types of announcements.
Shutterfly will ship a free sample kit of unique designs with customization wedding stationery options like foil-stamping, papers and trims that you can see and feel before you order. Receive up to 40% off through Sept. 7. The company will reprint cards for free if the date changes.
Zazzle’s most popular wedding invitations vary from elegant to country. You can reproduce a portrait of the couple or select text surrounded by an image of string lights.
Oregon grows flowers and decorative vines, berries and twigs. Read the Terrain story on foraged floral for weddings. If you need additional color and scents, look for companies linked to environmentally friendly flower farms.
The Bouqs Co. has long-lasting flowers grown on sustainable, eco-friendly farms at up to 80% off traditional prices. Wedding flowers and bridal bouquets can be customized. Refer a friend and both of you receive 30% off with the friend’s purchase.
Urban Stems, which has exclusive designs made with responsibly sourced flowers, has romantic blooms for each season and offers free delivery to your door.
BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) by Anthropologie has wedding dresses as well as dresses for the mother of the bride, bridesmaids and guests in sizes 0-26W, plus accessories and décor. Shop live with a stylist and see what’s on sale. Take an extra 50% off and receive free shipping.
Plum Pretty Sugar’s mission is to offer effortless, multitasking looks for weddings, travel and every day, from bridesmaid dresses to bridal robes.
Rent the Runway allows brides, bridesmaids and guests to rent styles for all the wedding celebrations, from the daylight bridal shower to the reception, even if it’s black-tie. A $400 dress can be rented for $50-$65. Read “Wedding Guest Style: What to Wear to Every Event.”
Where will couples exchange their “I dos”? At a place that reflects their sensibilities, whether inside a hillside estate or a captivating outdoor setting.
They typically choose a venue that enhances their wedding theme and connects everyone to the space and the Big Day.
Keep the number of guests small, stay within a budget and be true to yourselves, say wedding planners interviewed by Brides magazine.
More ideas: See TripAdvisor’s 10 best honeymoon resorts in Oregon
Although the coronavirus pandemic has dashed hopes for large events, brides and grooms still benefit from family and friends bestowing them with gifts to start their new life together.
We searched 10 gift registries to see what newlyweds want and what shoppers can find on sale.
Anthropologie’s gift registry is offering up to 25% off or more on furniture and home decor like pendant lights and pillows plus accessories such as passport holders. Receive free shipping on orders $50 or more.
Bed, Bath & Beyond’s registry checklist lets couple see essentials for every room in their home as well as cleaning tools and luggage and other travel items. Receive 20% a single item plus free shipping on orders of $39 or more.
Jayson Home offers an ever-evolving collection of modern and vintage furniture and unique home furnishings. Skip the hunt to find quality vintage seating, art, lighting and textiles. Sign up to receive 10% off your first purchase.
Kohl’s has wedding essentials on sale, from coffee machines to dinnerware. Shipping is free with a $75 purchase plus take an extra $10 off a $25 purchase with the code LABORDAY.
My Registry lists one-of-a-kind gifts from unique online boutiques. Top gift ideas are gingham napkins from Serena & Lily, cast-iron dutch oven from Home Depot and cookware and and mixing bowls. MacKenzie-Childs has My Registry bride’s attention, especially with its original tableware, furniture, home and garden accessories.
Zola has wedding gifts from more than 1,000 top brands plus gift cards and even ways to accept honeymoon funds for couples who register. Shoppers receive free shipping. New to the shop are bar and drinkware, home electronics and products to enhance hobbies and getaways.
Get more ideas by scrolling through Amazon’s wedding gifts suggestions, categorized by rooms, hobbies and favorite brands. The most popular gifts are an Instant Pot, Echo Dot smart speaker and robotic vacuum cleaners. Other categories let you see handmade items, electronics, garden tools and pet furniture.
And if you’d like the gift to start long before the wedding, Cratejoy sends monthly bridal subscription boxes with beauty products to lingerie. Receive 30% off the first box.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072