Coronavirus: Iowa couple planning ‘drive-in’ wedding ceremony

Iowa couple planning ‘drive-in’ wedding ceremony amid coronavirus pandemic

ALBIA, Iowa — You have heard of drive-in movies, and in the age of the coronavirus, the public has learned about drive-in testing. Now, an Iowa couple planning to get married has scheduled a drive-in wedding for this weekend.

On Saturday, Allie Stanley will marry Noah Downey. But instead of a 300-person reception, the couple is adhering to social distancing. Guests can attend, but only in their cars, KCCI reported. The bride and groom will be outside, on stage, so to speak, while their guests will park at an angle to watch.

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“It’s down at Valley View Events Center down in Moulton,” Stanley told the television station. “And so, everyone will kind of drive in, and our dads will be kind of telling people how to park, but it will all be at an angle facing the barn and we’ll be up at the front of the barn getting married. So, everyone will be able to see us from their cars up front.”

It’s a drastic idea, but these are drastic times.

The couple told KCCI they still plan to have a proper ceremony when the pandemic is over.

Stanley said changing the wedding plans was difficult, but she said the couple was committed to tying the knot.

Stanley’s advice to brides in the same situation? Cry when needed, but get the job done, KCCI reported.

An Iowa couple is planning a drive-thru wedding this wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic.
An Iowa couple is planning a drive-thru wedding this wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Agnieszka Kaczynska/Pixabay)