Don Lemon, Gwen & Blake and More Celebrities Who Have Postponed Their Weddings Due to COVID-19
With stay-at-home orders in effect across a number states amid the coronavirus pandemic, these stars are postponing their nuptials until they can safely celebrate with friends and family
Don Lemon & Tim Malone
"Quite frankly the wedding is still on, but we just decided not to talk about it until the pandemic is over because there are more important things happening in the world," the CNN Tonight anchor recently told PEOPLE.
In the meantime, Lemon and Malone, a real estate agent, "have decided to just sort of lean into our lives and live more — and so Saturday nights, we have date night ... we actually get dressed up and walk across the plaza or two blocks and we sit down and we have dinner together like we're going on a date!"
It helps that the couple, who got engaged in 2019 when Malone popped the question via the couple's pooches, have been able to spread out a bit during a COVID year where so many have been cooped up.
"We've moved into a bigger apartment, because we were in a small apartment and we needed more space," Lemon added.
Jonathan Knight & Harley Rodriguez
The former New Kids on the Block singer got engaged to personal trainer Rodriguez in 2016 after nearly eight years of dating. Their wedding was on track for 2021 — but unfortunately, life had other plans.
"We were going to get married on the farm this year under a tent and then have the ceremony in our barn," Knight recently told PEOPLE of their wedding, referring to the expansive property where he and Rodriguez live in Massachusetts. "We had everything lined up: the caterers, the entertainment. We were going to get married under candlelight. And then that all just stopped."
"We're on the fence if we just go elope," Knight continued. "Or, we just wait it out a couple more years and have a really good celebration with our families."
Ben Higgins & Jessica Clarke
"I mean, it's been a year push back now," Higgins, who began dating Clarke in 2018 after he slid into her Instagram DMs, told PEOPLE in January 2021. "I'm making this commitment that I've been ready to make with her for a long time and it just keeps getting pushed back."
While the former Bachelor star shared that he has "stayed out" of most of the wedding planning, he admitted it's been difficult for his soon-to-be bride.
"I think the hard part is just having in the back of your head, like, 'We could plan on this thing, and it could maybe not happen. It could be changed completely,' " he said. "That's tough. It's also trying to plan it so that grandparents can come, hopefully, and that way they can be there to celebrate with us. I think that's the part that is the most stressful, just not knowing."
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton
Though the newly engaged pair haven't yet set a date, Stefani told Ryan Seacrest they are waiting to tie the knot until we're living in a post-pandemic world.
"I would say I just want my parents there at this point. My parents wouldn't come to Thanksgiving because they're so scared so really would rather it not be a COVID situation. Like, I would rather not have masks and that kind of thing," said the mom of three, who shares sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.
"Even when you cut it down to just family, it's too many people for COVID so we're going to see what happens in the next few months," The Voice coach shared.
Raven Gates & Adam Gottschalk
The Bachelor in Paradise stars were supposed to tie the knot this summer but have been forced to postpone their nuptials due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On an episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, the bride said they are biding their time for the perfect day.
"We were supposed to be married three times by now and haven't yet," Gates said with a laugh. "My brother asked me over the weekend, 'Are you married yet? Have you just not went ahead and eloped at this point?' And I'm like, 'No, we're waiting it out.'"
"I will show up whenever and wherever this celebration is," promised Harrison. "Because it's going to be a great wedding."
Kevin Wendt & Astrid Loch
The reality stars, who met on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise and got engaged last year, announced the news in separate posts to their respective Instagram accounts on July 22, with Loch, 37, sharing that she will now walk down the aisle late next year.
"Well y'all, time to give you guys a wedding update," Loch began alongside a sweet photo of herself and Wendt, 36, sharing a warm embrace. "We've decided to postpone to November 2021 & weirdly enough we're actually okay with it."
"We realized it was time to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities," Loch continued. "And as much as I was disappointed at first (mostly bc now we won't get married on Friday the 13th) it's been a great reminder of why we're getting married in the first place."
Wendt echoed similar sentiments in his post, writing: "My fiancée and I going to just keep moving," alongside a photo of the couple bike riding at the beach. "I've had a bit of a social media break lately with lots going on in our lives... sometimes it's needed to recharge. I'm sad to announce we have officially moved the wedding date from November."
While Wendt admitted "it's sad," he asserted that he is "staying positive as we are very lucky people and know it's a small problem compared to what some people are facing through this crazy year."
"Keep your head up everyone and let's get through this together. I'll wait a bit longer to see @AstridLoch in that beautiful dress. It will be well worth the wait... I guess the 'move the date' invite is big business this year eh!?" Wendt joked in the post.
Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams
The couple gave an update on their upcoming wedding during an appearance on the June 29 episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, revealing that they have not yet resumed wedding planning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"No plans as of right now. We've put all planning on hold," Hyland told host Chris Harrison. "All of my family is mostly on the East Coast, so for them to fly out ... and just ages and of course with my health risks, we want to be as safe as possible."
Hyland, who suffers from kidney dysplasia and is immunocompromised, is at a higher risk for contracting the viral respiratory illness.
JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers
The couple, who got engaged on Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette in 2016, celebrated what would have been their special day on June 13.
“6.13.20 ... Happy ‘What would have been Wedding Day’ to us!” Fletcher, 29, wrote alongside a photo of the pair cuddling up together.
“As you guys know, we have spent the last 11 months planning the wedding of our dreams but given the circumstances of 2020, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our special day,” she wrote. “Even though I don’t get to marry you today @jrodgers11, I know it will be all more worth the wait.”
She added, “2021, we really can’t wait for you.”
Tom Payne & Jennifer Ackerman
The Walking Dead star shared an April 11 Instagram tribute to his fiancée, Swedish singer and model Josephine Akerman, on what would have been their wedding day.
“Today there was going to be a wedding in New York. One of many I’m sure. Out of all the things that have changed a wedding is something that can wait. We have each other and that is more than enough. Love to everyone out there. Love is all we have. It’s enough for me,” he wrote.
The actor popped the question to Akerman, who is the sister of actress Malin Akerman, in November 2018. The pair have been dating since 2013.
Josephine Skriver & Alex DeLeon
The Victoria’s Secret Angel told PEOPLE exclusively that her upcoming nuptials to boyfriend Alex DeLeon have been pushed back by a year — but the couple are “just happy that our family and friends are happy and healthy” amid the pandemic.
“It was a tough decision to make,” Skriver, 27, admitted, explaining, “When you wait for a moment your entire life and then have to postpone, it’s never easy. We debated it for weeks, trying everything we could to make it work. At the end of the day the safety of our friends and family was the most important.”
She added: “People around the world are going through so much worse than a wedding postponement. It would be selfish of us to complain.”
In the meantime, the model said she is looking on the bright side. "I think the one year move-back will give me time to really enjoy the process more. It was a lot more stressful than I thought and I’m excited to use this time to make it even more special.”
Princess Theodora & Matthew Kumar
The Princess of Greece and Denmark and her L.A.-based attorney fiancé have canceled their wedding.
"Unfortunately, it has been canceled due to COVID-19 and we do not have a new date scheduled at this time," a palace communications officer confirmed to Her & Nu, according to Hola! "However, we are analyzing the situation in detail to see when the wedding could take place."
The couple was set to marry in May 2020 on the Greek island of Spetses, although the details have not been confirmed by the royal office. The two have been engaged since November 2018.
Hoda Kotb & Joel Schiffman
The Today co-host and her entrepreneur fiancé are debating postponing their nuptials amid the ongoing public health crisis, Kotb revealed to PEOPLE exclusively.
The pair are "literally about to push the button on the save the dates" for their beach wedding, Kotb shared.
"We kind of have our reservations, we know what we want to do, but who’s to know if it’s going to need to be delayed? So Joel and I have been discussing it," she added of their discussion to postpone.
"It’s such small potatoes," she said of trying to plan her wedding amid the current crisis. "My friend was telling me that she was at a Zoom funeral the other day, and I almost died inside. I was like, 'Oh my God.' "
The TV anchor continued: "So if you’re planning a celebration, and you’re wondering when it should be, just be lucky you have a celebration to plan."
Kotb added that she "already feel[s] married" to Schiffman, whom she's been dating for seven years and calls her "lifelong partner."
“I’m so happy to say ‘I do’ and I’m also happy to do it whenever we need to, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a formality now,” she said.
Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
The superstar couple will have to wait a little longer to live out their big day. During a guest appearance on the new at-home edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 7, Lopez talked about how the pandemic and social distancing has affected her wedding plans.
“It did affect it a little bit,” Lopez, 50, said. “So, we’ll see what happens now … I really don’t know what’s gonna happen now as far as dates or anything like that.”
“We are just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world,” she added while speaking to host Ellen DeGeneres. “So, again, it’s just something we have to wait and see in a few months how this all pans out.”
Vicki Gunvalson & Steve Lodge
Former Real Housewives star Vicki Gunvalson and fiancé Steve Lodge are adding their names to the ever-growing list of celebrities who have postponed their wedding amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“I’m not in the right mindset,” Gunvalson, 58, told PEOPLE on April 3.
The day prior, Gunvalson spoke to HollywoodLife and explained that she and Lodge were planning a ceremony and reception for this month, with their blended family — including Lodge’s four adult children and Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson, 32, and son Michael Wolfsmith, 35 — all coming together for the festivities.
But with travel restrictions in place throughout the entire country, those plans are now on pause.
“We’re doing nothing,” Gunvalson said, adding that they were not “rushing to get down the aisle right now.”
Instead, Gunvalson is focusing her time on her work at COTO Insurance and Financial Services. “There’s a lot more I’ve got to do which is keep this business and my staff who’s not here right now,” she said.
Alexa Ray Joel & Ryan Gleason
Alexa, a singer-songwriter, previously told PEOPLE that her wedding will feature a special moment with her famous father, Billy Joel. "We’re going to sing," she said. "We’re going to duet. It’s going to be like a musical. I’m always happiest when I’m singing. When I sing with Dad, it’s just the easiest thing in the world. We’ve been singing together since I was a kid, so it’s an honor to be able to just do that with him."
Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom
The "Never Worn White" singer and the Carnival Row star, who are expecting their first child together, made the difficult decision to postpone their nuptials in early March, according to a source. The wedding was set to take place in Japan this summer.
"It was all set for Japan with 150 guests. Katy was actually really excited about walking down the aisle pregnant," the source close to the couple told PEOPLE. "They were both so elated that all the wedding details were finally coming together, but they are hitting pause because of coronavirus."
Lala Kent & Randall Emmett
The Vanderpump Rules star and her Hollywood producer fiancé have postponed their April 18 wedding until July, the couple told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
"We have decided to move the date of our wedding to July given the unfortunate circumstances of what is going on," they said. "We are obviously saddened by this but for the ultimate safety of our families and guests, we have made the decision to wait and see how everything progresses. Safety will always be our number one priority."
Derek Fisher & Gloria Govan
Govan and Fisher, a former NBA player and current head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks, confirmed to PEOPLE on March 20 that they are rescheduling their April wedding.
"It was just based off of what the CDC advised and the current state of affairs," explained Govan of the decision. "We just felt like it was in everyone’s best interest, really."
She added, "So we were like, 'Yeah, it’s just probably best to postpone.' We had a few people traveling, a lot of our parents and aunts and uncles who are a little older. So we felt like it was in their best interest, and for everybody, to just not put anyone at risk. It was obviously a really crappy decision to have to make."
The wedding will still happen eventually, of course — joked Govan, “I still like him. I’m gonna keep him around for a while.”
"We have a great wedding planner," she added. "Erica Friedman is absolutely brilliant. She’s been really sweet with handling the vendors for us, you know, and explaining the situation."