Family & Relationships: Engaged couples come up with clever wedding alternatives to tie the knot in spite of disappointing cancellations because of the COVID-19 outbreak

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As the threat of coronavirus increases across the US, more and more couples are making the heartbreaking decision to cancel their March, April, and even May weddings.

But some refuse to say 'I don't' — even if it means seriously scaling back their big days.

Several couples have devised creative ways to ensure that the vows still go on, dramatically cutting down their guests lists, eating homemade cakes, and having guests take over DJ and officiating duties.

Megan Griffiths et al. posing for the camera: Scaling back: Megan Griffiths and Ben Camp from Seattle swapped their 128-person park wedding for a 20-person ceremony on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic © Provided by Daily Mail Scaling back: Megan Griffiths and Ben Camp from Seattle swapped their 128-person park wedding for a 20-person ceremony on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic

Megan Griffiths and Ben Camp from Seattle initially had a guest list of 128 for their wedding this past Saturday — but while they still tied the knot, it was with just 20 other people.

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'We were really excited to get married. And we didn’t want to let this major shift in our daily life throw that off,' Megan told the Seattle Times.

'So we just committed to doing it in some way, shape or form and figuring out how to do it without putting anyone at risk, including ourselves.'

They agonized over making the call, but out-of-town friends and family worried about travel helped push them toward the decision.

Ultimately, they decided to still have the ceremony but push the party back five months.

'We were really excited to get married. And we didn’t want to let this major shift in our daily life throw that off,' Megan said © Provided by Daily Mail 'We were really excited to get married. And we didn’t want to let this major shift in our daily life throw that off,' Megan said Megan Griffiths and woman posing for a photo: Pitching in: One of their friends even officiated, while others brought sanitizer, rubber gloves, and dessert © Provided by Daily Mail Pitching in: One of their friends even officiated, while others brought sanitizer, rubber gloves, and dessert

Their plans still hit snags. They'd planned to hold the ceremony at Golden Gardens Park in Ballard, but then the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation closed it down.

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They found another spot, a shelter at a beach park, and has just nearby family and close friends — no plus-ones — join them. One of their friends even officiated, while others brought sanitizer, rubber gloves, and dessert.

'We canceled basically everything,' Megan added. 'The only thing we still had were our outfits, the flowers and the pies. Everything was pulled together at the last minute.'

'It was missing a great deal of people who we loved — particularly my dad and my sister’s family,' she said. 'But our wedding was simple and beautiful … and nothing if not memorable.'

Richard Jordan sitting down talking on a cell phone: Home sweet home! Madeline Fauntleroy, 30, and David Dougherty, Jr., 36, are having an intimate wedding with six friends on the rooftop of their apartment © Provided by Daily Mail Home sweet home! Madeline Fauntleroy, 30, and David Dougherty, Jr., 36, are having an intimate wedding with six friends on the rooftop of their apartment

Meanwhile, Madeline Fauntleroy, 30, and David Dougherty, Jr., 36, also overhauled their plans for their wedding, which is set to take place this coming Saturday.

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They were supposed to tie the knot at Chelsea Piers, with nine bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, and a live band.

Instead, they'll have six people on the rooftop of their apartment for a potluck meal with a platter from Luke’s Lobster and cake made by a friend.

The bride will still wear her Ines Di Santo dress and veil, and a florist is 'throwing together a bouquet.'

'It’s a surreal experience but we are so lucky amidst all of this,' she told Fox News. 'People are very sick and people are being laid off, and that is not lost on us.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: They were supposed to tie the knot at Chelsea Piers, where they got engaged © Provided by Daily Mail They were supposed to tie the knot at Chelsea Piers, where they got engaged a group of people posing for the camera: They initially planned to have nine bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, and a live band © Provided by Daily Mail They initially planned to have nine bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, and a live band

'Everything that mattered one month ago — the food, the flowers — does not matter now. This is a wedding and we still have each other,' she added.

'I’m usually a pretty Type-A person and I’ve got to say, I’m now trying to let it all go and allow other people to help.'

The couple is still planning to have a party at Chelsea Piers, but they've pushed it back to October. The vendors they'd hired have agreed to work with them.

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'These people are tough and some may come here and think New Yorkers aren’t the nicest sort, but they pull together in hard times and love always prevails,' said the bride.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Another twist: Jordan Walden and fiancée Rachel Wolfheimer from Fairmount, Pennsylvania were supposed to wed on Saturday with a large guest list of 198 © Provided by Daily Mail Another twist: Jordan Walden and fiancée Rachel Wolfheimer from Fairmount, Pennsylvania were supposed to wed on Saturday with a large guest list of 198

Jordan Walden and fiancée Rachel Wolfheimer from Fairmount, Pennsylvania adjusted to the crisis, too.

They were supposed to wed at Tendenza in Philadelphia on Saturday, with a large guest list of 198.

But then guests started to cancel, and the couple worried about putting others in danger, they told Philadelphia magazine.

'It came down to how quickly the news was unfolding, the uncertainty of what we would potentially be exposing our grandparents to, ourselves to, our parents to — everyone in the room — in what’s supposed to be the best day of our lives,' Jordan said.

a person standing posing for the camera: A small one: They cancelled, and decided to turn their Friday night rehearsal dinner into the wedding © Provided by Daily Mail A small one: They cancelled, and decided to turn their Friday night rehearsal dinner into the wedding

'It was not gearing up to be that way, especially when I wouldn’t be able to ignore that responsibility of putting everyone potentially in a dangerous situation.'

So they cancelled, and decided to turn their Friday night rehearsal dinner into the wedding.

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The couple had a Jewish ceremony at Boathouse Row with a 'small, intimate group,'  followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A family friend played DJ, and while the groom wore jeans and a blazer, the bride wore her dress.

Rachel pointed out that Jordan's wedding band is engraved with the wrong date.

Now the couple is planning to have their reception in several months.

Just as these brave couples forge on, however, others are expressing their anger, sadness, and disappointment and cancelling their events.

Lea Abergel told Hello! that she and her fiancé Ruben Fellous, who live in Israel, were set to wed on March 23 — but then Israel closed its borders to people traveling from France, where much of their guests are from.

'We are devastated and heartbroken,' she said. 'I sobbed. That was more than half of our guest list. I had hoped that it would go on as most of my family live in London, but in time things got worse.'

Then Israel implemented a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from overseas, and they realized they needed to call of the nuptials.

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What's more, she added, 'The venue manager was happy to go ahead with the wedding. Because it was our choice to cancel, they are not willing to pay us back and we have lost 100 per cent of our fees.'

Others shared stories of cancelled weddings on social media.

David Zhou, a PhD student in Boston, tweeted: 'Welp it’s official. All of my wedding plans have been cancelled due to COVID-19.'

'My wedding and honeymoon cruise all got cancelled due to the coronavirus. As a logical person I get why it happened, but as someone who has planned this wedding for almost two years I’m absolutely devastated,' wrote Katlyn from Florida.

Guests and family member are chiming in, too.

'My cousin and his Bride to be cancelled their wedding reception just two nights ahead to keep all their guests safe, and that’s the most selfless act I have seen through these difficult times,' tweeted one woman.

'Today we cancelled my sons wedding,' wrote a parent from Orlando, Florida. 'We’ve been planning for over a year. In 24 hours 40% of our guest list cancelled for next weekend. Coronavirus has left in its wake, one crushed family [sic].'

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Daily Mail a close up of a flower: Anxious: Some brides hadn't cancelled by the end of last week, hoping it wouldn't be necessary © Provided by Daily Mail Anxious: Some brides hadn't cancelled by the end of last week, hoping it wouldn't be necessary

While many people are devastated, there are some who are trying to look on the bright side and keep their heads up.

'It sucks, but we're doing the right thing,' a Redditor wrote on Thursday. A wedding has all of our family, relatives, and friends in ONE place — how ironic would it be to put the health of all your favorite people at risk? "I love you so much, that's why I want to endanger you to a global pandemic!"'

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'We were getting the sense that our guests were starting to feel more anxious than excited,' she added. 'That's just not the atmosphere of a happy, festive, cheerful wedding.'

'I made the same decision today,' wrote another. 'Once I made it, I felt so much better. The stress around the uncertainty was the worst part for me. I'm obviously devastated and have been crying all day but there are so many more serious and important things to consider in times like these.'

'Just cancelled our march event,' commented a third. 'It was awful and stressful, but I feel relieved not feeling responsible for asking all of our loved ones to make a risky decision.'

'Cancelled my wedding today due to coronavirus,' tweeted Zachary Cohn from Washington state. 'Was going to be March 28th. It just didn't feel responsible to ask so many people to travel and congregate in Seattle.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Angry: One bride ranted to friends and family on Facebook about her upcoming nuptials, saying anyone who missed them would be 'dead' to her © Provided by Daily Mail Angry: One bride ranted to friends and family on Facebook about her upcoming nuptials, saying anyone who missed them would be 'dead' to her

At least one bride who refused to cancel — until the decision was presumably taken out of her hands — took her fury out on guests who decided not to come.

She ranted to friends and family on Facebook about her upcoming nuptials, which are still over a month away.

'I've spent thousands of dollars. I've been working out, budgeting, dodging family politics land mines, chased rsvps, tried my hand and both electrical and wood work, personalized gifts, answered a million emails, aaand drank lots of wine in the bathtub,' she wrote.

'So I feel justified in remind my guests that… I don't care. If you miss my wedding because of coronavirus paranoia. You are dead to me.'

It seems her friends didn't react too kindly to the threat, though: One commented that she 'hope[s] he leaves you for a nicer girl in less than a year.'

a close up of text on a black background © Provided by Daily Mail a red and black text: So sad: Several people who were due to wed in the next few weeks have already called off their nuptials © Provided by Daily Mail So sad: Several people who were due to wed in the next few weeks have already called off their nuptials Read more

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