Being a COVID bride is weird. I plan to share more in-depth thoughts on our experience getting married during this time soon, once I can get all of my thoughts and feelings together, but to sum it up, it was a much different experience than what I expected to have when we got engaged.
The first time I realized the impact that the pandemic would make on our engagement and marriage season was when my bachelorette party had to be cancelled in early April. We had planned to visit some local wineries about an hour away and really make a weekend of the wine-tasting and girl time! I was so disappointed when we had to cancel because it didn’t really seem like there would be another weekend that all of my friends could get together again in one place until our wedding (which at that point, was still going as planned in June).
When the weekend of my bachelorette party came, I didn’t really have any plans other than a Zoom call with a small group of my friends from high school. This was at the very beginning of quarantine – everything was pretty locked down and Zoom calls were our only way to get together with friends. After work, Evan asked me if I wanted to go look around at Lowe’s with him – such a boy thing to do – and so I went along and we looked for some things that we needed for some house projects we were dreaming up. We picked up dinner, and then headed back to my house.
As we pulled up to the driveway, I noticed something on the front door, but didn’t get a good look at it. As we got closer, I realized that my friends had come by and decorated the front door with pictures, a “Future Mrs. Sears” sash, and streamers, and had left me a basket of goodies – mostly from Sprinkled With Pink. (If you’re looking for gifts or fun goodies for a bachelorette or girls weekend, Sprinkled With Pink is the way to go!) I literally burst into tears. Evan was so excited to be in on the surprise, and I just couldn’t believe that they had thought of me on that weekend and done something so thoughtful. When I got onto the Zoom call a little while later, all of my friends were there waiting for a virtual girls night – complete with wine, matching backgrounds, and bachelorette games.
It absolutely made me feel so special, and it gave me a huge reminder that I’ve held onto during this entire season. None of this has turned out how we thought it would, and I was of course sad about missing that winery weekend with my friends. But that virtual surprise and the love and support that our friends showed us when things were so confusing is a story that I will be able to tell forever and ever… that time my friends threw me a virtual bachelorette party in the middle of a global pandemic.