As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, formerly joyous occasions have now turned into political and social minefields, with weddings among the many events to face serious challenges.
Dilemmas include whether to go ahead with your original date, invite guests, enforce mask-wearing, cancel or tie the knot in an intimate and socially distanced ceremony, and they have brides and grooms everywhere tearing their hair out.
Some, of course, are choosing to flaunt rules designed to keep the community safe, and go ahead with their dream wedding exactly as they planned.
One couple have been caught out doing just that, after an innocuous-seeming photo of their table decorations shared online revealed far more than they ever intended.
Detail in wedding snap exposes irresponsible wedding
“Seen the photographer uploaded a beautiful photograph of the venue, if you ignore the fact the wedding was 2 weeks ago in the middle of a pandemic,” the user captioned the photo of the centrepiece and table.
On closer inspection, the photo reveals not only hundreds of places set up, with eight apiece tables as far as the eye can see, but also that the places have been set up elbow to elbow.
Of course, basic social distancing calls for a minimum of 1.5 metres to be kept between guests, something certainly not allocated at this particular event.
Onlookers were quick to point out the oversight, and slam the couples reckless set up and decision.
Making it even worse, the photo was snapped in the United States where the pandemic has so far claimed 180,590 lives and infected over 5 million people. according to the latest figures from John Hopkins.
“Yikes,” one person wrote. “They didn’t even try to set it up for social distancing. Everyone must have been elbow to elbow!”
“There's another picture and it's rammed with people,” another offered.
“Nothing says beautiful matrimony like death by pandemic,” another observed.
They are by no means the first couple to be slammed for ignoring social distancing rules in favour of their perfect wedding day.
The party include the bride, groom, nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen none of whom were wearing masks as they posed in the centre of one of the city’s busiest streets.
Behind them banked up traffic was spotted, with many worried to see an ambulance with its lights flashing part of the delayed mass waiting for them to wrap up.