Married During a Pandemic

Agness Mbezi

On July 25, 2020, Teacher Dylan Brown, formerly known as Harris, decided to tie the knot. Lots of stress can be caused on the days leading up to one’s big day. But imagine getting married in the middle of a pandemic. 

“Getting married in normal circumstances is very stressful, but getting married in a pandemic added a lot of uncertainty to the stress. Will restrictions be lifted by our wedding date? Will it be safe even if they are lifted,” said Brown.

Not only did Brown have to worry about decorations, her dress, and her wedding party, she had to worry about the safety of others because of COVID-19. 

“Our biggest concern was not getting any of our friends or family sick. We would not have been able to live with the guilt if we had. So, in the end we decided to go ahead with a small wedding of under 30 people which consisted of just the wedding party and our immediate families,” said Brown. 

Some people decided to postpone their wedding during the pandemic, but Brown and her husband Zachary Brown weren’t going to waste any time. 

“My husband and I have been together for a long time, nearly five and a half years on our wedding day, and we didn’t want to push off the wedding until next year, because it became more and more apparent that there was no clear end to the pandemic. We didn’t want to end up in a position where we had to push back our wedding multiple times,” said Brown.

Not only did Brown enjoy every single moment, but she was able to bring the people that she loved to her wedding in a new way. 

“Even though it wasn’t the day we originally planned it to be, we had a great time with our friends and family… We were able to live stream our wedding, which allowed our extended family and most of our friends to watch the ceremony… It was pretty perfect and I’m just happy to be married to the love of my life,” said Brown. 

Having a smaller wedding was actually a pro when it came to money.    

“Bonus, we saved so much having a smaller wedding that we got to go all out on food and it was delicious,” said Brown. 

Now she’ll always remember July 25, 2020 as the day that she married the love of her life, during a pandemic.