Did you know around 4% of couples are canceling their weddings, while 64 percent are rescheduling theirs to a later date? The rest are pushing through with their original date even with the global pandemic.
Whether you’re postponing or pushing through, though, you still have a lot of planning to do. Those who choose to hold their special date at a later date need to start hiring new suppliers, a new venue, a whole new plan, and so on to accommodate their “new normal” ceremony. Those who are sticking with their original date need to change a lot of their plans, as well.
Planning a wedding and hiring suppliers are going to be tough tasks in this situation. Still, it’s doable, even if it’s not the way you expected it to be. Follow our tips below to get some ideas.
1. Scouring for a Wedding Venue
Wedding venues are closing left and right because of COVID-19; one of the most notable of which is the wedding event chain Noah’s Event Venue, which had 42 venues in 25 states.
This left many couples scrambling to find another venue. This is only one of the chains and several other venues to close; how are you going to find one that’s still open?
Thankfully, many venues still have their doors open, but they have several restrictions. Many couples also moved their wedding dates, so you might be able to find a venue that has open dates. You’ll have to downsize your guests, especially if you want a 2020 wedding.
You’ll also have to make sure the venue is going to disinfect the place before you and your guests arrive. They have to follow health and safety protocols to ensure your big day remains a safe one.
The safest place to hold a wedding, though, in your own home. You can invite a select few important persons in your lives, provided you still practice social distancing.
Many couples today choose this option to push through with their desired dates. The advantage of this is that you can invite as many guests as you want.
You can go live on Facebook so everybody can watch your day. Or you can hold a private meeting on telecommunication apps like Zoom and Skype.
2. Going Shopping
For couples who are into DIY, the pandemic provides the perfect opportunity to tackle their projects. It’s time to finish your centerpieces and wood structures.
Consider using artificial flowers, so you can make bouquets, hairpieces, and other decorative items ahead of time.
The good news is that everything you need, you can buy online. You might also be able to pop in your nearest store to get some essentials, like tape, scissors, and the likes.
You don’t need physical presence when doing your registry, too. Shops like Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and such have online shops. You can use this opportunity to add build your registry while at home.
You can do many more things at home, like finalizing your playlist, cocktail tasting, creating an inspo board, and so on. However, some things, you can’t do online. How do you fit your dress if you aren’t there?
In many areas, wedding dress stores are still open, although you might have to make an appointment. If you must take someone with you, choose from your household.
You can go online for dress shopping, too. In websites like Etsy, you can choose a design and the seller can make you one according to your measurements. You might have to do some adjustments when the time to wear it comes, but it shouldn’t be much of a hassle.
3. Hiring Wedding Suppliers
Meetings with wedding suppliers will all take place online. Skype is a good starting point as it provides free video calls for up to 50 persons.
Still, meetings will proceed as usual. You get to discuss your expectations, their rates, the little details, and so on. You can take notes on your computer or a notepad.
The only difference is that you don’t get to meet face-to-face. A video call should still be able to give you a decent impression of the supplier.
You’ll also have to ask additional questions, like their safety protocols. This is important for all suppliers, including videographers, photographers, event caterers, and more.
How many people will go to the venue? What will they do if they start to exhibit some symptoms a few days before the wedding?
An upside to this is that you can meet with many suppliers in a single day. You don’t have to run from one place to the next to discuss the wedding details with different vendors. Hiring suppliers is now easier, but it requires more vigilance.
4. Communicating to Your Guests
Don’t forget your guests while planning for the wedding. If you have already sent out STDs and/or invites, don’t forget to follow up with them about your plans.
Are you planning to move the wedding date? Or hold a virtual wedding instead?
Let them know so they’re not left in the dark about your special day. They will also understand if you need to cut down the guest list to follow safety protocols. They already know the situation, so they should already expect this to happen.
They might not even be comfortable about coming to a gathering even if you mean so much to them. On that front, be more understanding, as well, if your guests don’t want to come. You wouldn’t want to risk the health of your loved ones, after all.
Still, they deserve to know about it from you. Don’t rely on your wedding planner, a Facebook status, or a mass email to let them know about the change in your guest list. Connect with them personally so they wouldn’t feel unimportant.
If you decide to hold a reception at a later date when everything is safer, don’t hesitate to let your planned guests know. They’ll be much delighted to at least be able to celebrate your union with you, albeit delayed.
Don’t Let COVID-19 Ruin Your Special Day
Even if your special day isn’t what you envisioned it to be, it’s still not ruined. After all, it’s all about the union of you and your future spouse. If it’s still happening, that’s already a beautiful thing.
Planning a wedding, hiring suppliers, and inviting guests are still possible during this pandemic. You only have to make the best out of what’s available right now.
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