Planning your wedding during a pandemic

Well there is six words we never ever thought we have to say until 2020. Our clients are at the heart if EVERYTHING we do and we are feeling for them and everyone else trying to navigate planning a wedding during this difficult and uncertain time. We are also feeling for the wedding and event industry and hoping things will recover soon for the many businesses affected.

There are many things to consider when planning your wedding during a pandemic. The health restrictions and guidelines and guidelines seem to change weekly so first thing is to keep up with them or hire vendors you trust to keep you informed as things change. Here are a few key things to consider when planning your wedding for 2021.

  1. Discuss your wedding priorities with your partner (and families). Do you want a big reception with 200 guests, do you have your mind set on a dream venue, do you have guests travelling in?
  2. Intimate or postpone – Before you cancel all together, consider reducing the guestlist and having an intimate wedding or elopement. If the guest list is important to you and would be above the current guidelines, then you should consider postponing. While we can’t predict what 2021 will bring, at this point, guidelines and travel restrictions/regulations are likely to remain until the spring. If you want a 200 person celebration, you should consider moving to 2022.
  3. Discuss plans with your venue and vendors. The wedding industry has been dealing with this since March and your venue and vendors may be able to add perspective that could be helpful. They can also work with you to create a back up plan if needed and by keeping in the loop, you have a better chance of not losing out on a deposit or them being available should your date need to change.
  4. Consider your guest list. Do you have friends or loved one traveling from other countries or do you have loved ones like grandparents who may be more at risk. Is there a way to include them virtually?
  5. Finally, I know it’s  shameless plug but consider hiring a wedding planner who can help guide and support you through this process and help you make decisions looking after your best interest. A wedding planner can also help you work with all your vendors and venue as you navigate the changing landscape and finally professional wedding planners will be up to date on all the guidelines to ensure all the rules and regulations are being followed.

Looking to plan an intimate wedding in 2021? We have created a special intimate wedding package, email us at info@glassslippereventplanning.com to inquire and set up a complimentary consultation.

Important Update For 2021 & 2022 Couples

Dear Recently Engaged Couples,

We are continuing to closely monitor the province’s COVID health & safety guidelines as they relate to events and gatherings. To ensure we have availability to serve our current clients should their plans have to change for Fall 2020 and 2021, we are only taking on a small number of new inquiries with a focus on referrals and will be holding off on opening new bookings for 2022 until January. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

How to Honour Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is something so special. It can be hard to imagine it without the ones in your life who have come and gone. Today we are going to be sharing with you some ways you can honour your loved ones at your wedding. Just because they aren’t here, does not mean they can’t be there with you on you special day.

 

1. Create a photo board to represent your loved ones with a special message:

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2. Keep them close to your heart on your wedding day:

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3. Find your favourite portrait of them and seat the photo at your ceremony:

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4. Light a candle for all who have passed:

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5. Finally, hold your loved ones close to you:

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Your loved ones may be gone, but they are never forgotten. Celebrate their memory on your wedding day while you celebrate your new love.

How to Prep for Wedding Vendor Meetings

Planning a wedding can be stressful, time consuming, a little overwhelming, and amazing all at the same time. You have venues to book, a caterer to choose, a band to hire, and so much more. With all of these vendors it can be hard to keep track of what’s what. That’s where we are here to assist!

Below are 10 tips from Glass Slipper to help you stay on track before you meet with you have your next vendor meeting.

  1. Work on your budget – Before you book a vendor, you need to have a budget in mind so you can make sure you can afford what you are looking for in a vendor.
  2. Create a vision board – Lock down your style, your theme, or have a general idea of what feel you are going for. Creating a vision board can be very helpful for yourself and for your vendor. Using sites like Pinterest are great way to create a virtual vision board for your wedding. Having a photo of a certain flower, or style of cake can really help your vendor understand what you are looking for.
  3. Plan your questions based on vendor type – If you are meeting with a photographer, wedding coordinator, caterer, or DJ, your questions should be specific to that vendor. Check out a couple of our other other blog posts to get inspiration for questions you could ask your photographer and caterer.
  4. Write down your questions –  Before your meeting, write down all your questions. If you are on the go and think of one, type a note in your phone and then add it to your master list later on. This will ensure you can cover all the details in your meeting. Think of questions like, “how many hours are included for this price?” “will your company provide wait staff?”
  5. Shop and compare – When searching for vendors, do your research. Many photographers, caterers, or other services will most likely list there fees and packages online. If not, contact different vendors for a quote and then compare the prices. That way you can find a vendor who is in your budget and possibly what you are looking for.
  6. Make a list of everything you have covered – Before you meet with your vendors, create a master list of everything you have covered. If you already have linens, plate ware, and a DJ, then make sure to inform your vendor of that. Let them know what you need specifically from them.
  7. Take notes – This is more of a tip for in your meetings, but take notes! Bring a laptop, notebook, or your phone. Write down everything you think may be useful, and important to help you make your final decision.
  8. Don’t fall under pressure – This is another in-meeting tip…don’t fall under the pressure of a vendor! A vendor may try to persuade you to book with them today, for a special one-time price. They may say they are about to be fully booked, so you should book now. Use your instincts to gauge these statements. If you truly believe and trust them, go for it and book. But remember, this will be a vendor you will work with to bring your wedding to life! You need to be sure about working with them. So if you need to, let them know you need some time to think it over. You could even give them a deadline of when you will inform them of your decision. Just don’t get sucked into something you may not want to be apart of.
  9. Make a list of your makes and breaks – This list will be useful to give to your vendor you are meeting with so they are aware of exactly what you want and don’t want.
  10. Have an open mind – Finally, go into each and every meeting with different vendors with an open mind. Yes, you may have a vision in your head of your special day, but these vendors are professionals that only want to make your day the best it can be. Try to be open to their suggestions because they just may inspire you!

Hopefully these tips help you prepare for all of your meeting with you wedding vendors! Thanks for reading…

xo 

5 Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding Day!

You are engaged and soon to be married, but you have pet who you just can’t stand to not include. We totally get it! Well, today we have shared 5 ways you can bring your pet with you along for the big day! Keep reading…

1. Invite your pet to the wedding! – At your wedding your pet could be the perfect guest. Greeting wedding guests, and providing cuddles and laughs for all.

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2. Include your pet in your bridal photos! – Whether you have a horse, dog, or maybe a pig, get together with your photography and discuss how you can have your beloved pet in your photos.

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3. Let your pup lead the way for the Flower Girls down the aisle – When the Flower Girl or Girls come down the aisle, don’t let them do it alone! Have your pup come down the aisle complete with a floral leash.

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4. Honour you pet with the coveted role of being you ‘Pet of Honour’!

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5. Let your pet be your dessert and cocktail inspiration! – Dedicate your cake to them, or even create a feature cocktail to incorporate them into your menu.

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There you have it! 5 ways you can include that special pet on your special day. Thanks for reading!

xo

10 Things To Do Once You Get Engaged

Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time! Here’s a list of the 10 things you do after you say YES!

  1. Celebrate – Before you know it, you’ll be looking over wedding planning checklists & becoming Pinterest obsessed! Take some time to celebrate with your fiance (say it again, FIANCE!!!). Pop some bubbles or go to one of your favourite restaurants for a special night out just the two of you.
  2. Share The News – No, not just an Instagram post. Ideally it’s great to tell family and friends in before but if you happen to be away, Face Time your family and friends and let them know. They are sure to be just as excited as you. 
  3. Throw A Party – I mean, I could find any excuse to throw a party but getting engaged is a pretty great reason!  Some couples opt to make this their “Share The News” moment and have it be a surprise or other couples have family or close friends host a party to celebrate.
  4. Set A Budget – Ok, so you knew eventually you’d have to think about this. Setting the budget should come before all other planning decisions as it really LEADS the rest of the planning from here on. This is also a good time to speak with family about whether or not they can help to contribute. So… intimidated to begin budget planning, you know we’ve got you covered. Click here to download our budget spreadsheet.
  5. Begin drafting your guest list – Once your budget is set, you can begin to think about who you will be inviting to the wedding and start your guest list. This can be a tricky time for couples and families as they have to think about who they would or wouldn’t invite. Do you invite co-workers, children, allow plus-ones? Here are some helpful tips for creating your guest list
  6. Determine your wedding vision & style – This is the fun part! Now with your budget set, picture the type of wedding you want. Think about your personal style, hobbies, interests and the setting you envision for your big day. This is where Pinterest can come in for some great inspiration or look at wedding blogs, photographers websites. Once you have your vision in mind, this will be a key point to help with the next step which is selecting your wedding venue.
  7. Pick your venue – Following this steps in order is critical to finding what is not only the right fit for you but what will work for your budget and guest count. Many couples get excited once they get engaged and immediately begin researching venues, only to be disappointing when one they fall in love with does not fit the other key wedding planning essentials (budget, guest count, vision, logistics). All these need to be considered when selecting a venue.  Will you have a church ceremony, get married in your parents back yard, or have the ceremony and reception all at a hotel? There are lots of factors to consider. Here’s some helpful tips for selecting your venue as well as some of our favourite venues in the Lower Mainland. 
  8. Pick a date – Again, to avoid disappointment, it’s good to follow these steps in order as sometimes the venue you fall in love with, might already be booked. If you have a particular date in mind that you are set on as it’s special to you, you might need to be more flexible on the venue you choose.9. Send Save the Dates – Once you have confirmed a date, make sure to send Save The Dates out to guests especially those that live out of town.
    10. Select and ask your bridal party – The finish off the first steps of the planning process, choose who you’d like to be by your side on the big day and ask them to be involved. This includes maid of honour, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers. 

We wish you all the best with planning your big day! If you need some help getting the planning started, we are here to help and have packages and a la carte services to suit your needs and budget. Check out our wedding planning packages here or email us to schedule a complimentary consultation!

 

 

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Sara Rogers Photography

The Nickersons

Caroline Ross Photography

Joanna Moss Photography