A Letter from the Editor

Editor Andrea Timpano shares a special message about our latest issue.

Back in February 2020, when we excitedly began production on this issue of Boston Weddings, we trained our sights on our customary June pub date, preparing everything from a fresh round of Experts Q&As—teeming with tips and tricks from the area’s top vendors—to a robust Parties section, showcasing some of the most beautiful local celebrations we’d seen to date. And then the unthinkable happened. As the COVID-19 outbreak became increasingly severe, we watched as couple after couple rightfully postponed or canceled their long-awaited weddings—putting on hold a milestone they’d poured their time and money and hearts into and waiting for a brighter day.

So, we waited, too, opting to delay publication until now. And what we’ve observed over the last several months has truly inspired us. We’ve seen dedicated planners and venue coordinators help stressed clients pivot to micro weddings, hosted for tiny—but no less special—crowds; we’ve seen creative stationers dream up free change-of-date cards for customers who made the difficult decision to postpone; we’ve seen hardworking photographers learn new tech skills to make sure their brides and grooms could livestream their intimate ceremonies to guests tuning in from afar. And, perhaps most important, we’ve seen determined couples make the best of less-than-ideal circumstances, recasting their wedding-day visions and finding new (and decidedly innovative) ways to say “I do.” Love, as many before me have said, is not canceled. These couples, and the incredible local vendors who have stood behind them, are proof of that.

And now, as we turn with renewed hope and purpose toward happier days ahead, we bring you this special digital issue of Boston Weddings. Although we prepared much of the content you’ll discover here—including our seven stories dedicated to real-life celebrations—pre-pandemic, there’s still plenty of inspiration to mine. You’ll encounter talented local pros with years of planning experience, standout party spots for when you’re ready to take the plunge, and myriad suggestions for customizing your own nuptials—whether you host them now or a year from now—in between.

As always, we wish you the very best as you embark on this most exciting of journeys. Planning a wedding mid-pandemic is difficult, yes, but not impossible. You deserve a day as special as the person you’ve chosen to spend your life with—and, no matter what that day looks like, we know that’s exactly what you’ll get.

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