Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, large gatherings (concerts, sporting events, festivals) are at a standstill—and weddings are certainly included in that category. Per the guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), officials suggested to limit group gatherings to 50 people or less, while the President provided federal guidelines this week, recommending no group gatherings of more than 10.
Couples and vendors are now scrambling to postpone spring weddings, many for the sake of “flattening the curve.” Celebrities who were set to wed this spring are also pivoting their plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to see how public figures are responding to the sudden challenges in planning.
Emma Stone and Dave McCary
Emma Stone and Dave McCary, who were set to wed in a ceremony in Los Angeles this past weekend, opted to postpone their big day in light of the coronavirus pandemic. A source told Page Six that they hadn’t yet set a new date, but are waiting to see what the best next steps forward might be.
The pair got engaged in December after two years of dating; they met on the set of Saturday Night Live, where McCary is a segment director, back in 2016, when Stone was hosting the show. They were first romantically linked in October 2017.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, who got engaged on Valentine’s Day (in a helicopter, no less!), were one of the first couples to reportedly postpone their impending nuptials.
“It was all set for Japan with 150 guests,” a source told People of Perry and Bloom’s initial plans. “Katy was actually really excited about walking down the aisle pregnant. They were both so elated that all the wedding details were finally coming together, but they are hitting pause because of coronavirus.”
The couple’s decision was made public just hours after Perry revealed her first pregnancy with the music video for her new song “Never Worn White,” in which the singer is shown cradling a baby bump.
Perry, for her part, is prioritizing accordingly. In a recent interview with Stellar Magazine, she revealed that she and Bloom are “united” in their perspective on the wedding. “It’s not about the party. It’s about the coming together of people who will hold us accountable when things get really hard,” she said. “Those are just the facts when you’re with someone who challenges you to be your best self.”
Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie
Another celebrity couple who have to (temporarily) put their wedding on hold is Dennis Quaid and his fiancée, Laura Savoie, who are citing “travel issues” as the primary reason for pumping the brakes on their wedding plans. (Quaid proposed to the 26-year-old PhD student last October at Turtle Bay in Oahu, Hawaii.)
Quaid has spoken out before about his love for Savoie, and likely wants to make sure that their family and friends, many of whom might have to travel far for their nuptials, are in attendance.
“I didn’t go out looking for an age gap or someone really younger than me,” Quaid told The Guardian in November 2019. “I met her at a business event and then the relationship developed. You have no control over who you fall in love with. I don’t fall in love easy. But I can’t let what a few people think control all that. I’ve been married three times and this is the final one, I know it is. I feel like I have a real partner in life.”
Princess Beatrice and Eduoardo Mozzi
Princess Beatrice and Eduoardo Mozzi may have to wait just a bit longer to say “I do”: the couple’s wedding, which has already been postponed twice, may have to be pushed back a third time in light of the coronavirus concerns, which are impacting couples worldwide. The couple was originally set to be wed on May 29 at St. James’s Palace in London, with a reception held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. But on Tuesday, March 17, Queen Elizabeth announced that the Palace would be canceling all upcoming garden parties, which will likely include Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception.
In February, a source told People that in addition to postponing the wedding date itself, the event will “be smaller than the original plan.” St. James’s Palace can accommodate up to 100 guests.
Liam Gallagher and Debbie Gwyther
Liam Gallagher and fiancée Debbie Gwyther are postponing their wedding for the time being in light of ongoing coronavirus concerns. The English singer and songwriter originally planned to wed Gwyther in a dream wedding in Italy in July, but seeing as how the entire country is currently on lockdown in response to the pandemic, the couple is looking at a Plan B.
“They both loved the idea of a romantic Italian wedding this summer but now the coronavirus situation has thrown a spanner in the works,” a source told The Sun on Sunday. “Obviously in the short term, it is disappointing. But they are adamant their day—whenever it happens—will be perfect. Luckily, after so long with Liam, Debbie is used to dealing with things not going to plan.”
Gallagher and Gwyther have been together for six years; the Oasis singer proposed while the pair were on holiday on Italy’s Amalfi Coast last August.
For real-life couples looking to postpone your own nuptials, experts have a few words of advice: be vigilant and be flexible. “In an abundance of caution, we took the initiative to contact all couples, venues and vendors on behalf of each client to explore backup dates, place holds and establish deadlines for making decisions,” New York-based event planner Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events tells The Knot. “The goal is to mitigate the financial damage and give our clients well-thought-out strategies for rescheduling their event date. It is a giant game of chess.’’
Adds Jacobs: “Contact your venue and vendors to see when you have a backup date that works. And [check to see if there’s] a deadline for when you need to decide by.”