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.
- 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? If restrictions are still in place by this summer and look similar to last summer, would you go ahead with a smaller guest list?
- 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. If you plan to move to 2022, I would recommend doing that soon as many venues and vendors have already opened their calendars for booking.
- 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.
- 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? Also if you already had postponed your wedding from 2020, to 2021, your guests would likely love to hear an update (if Aunt Carol hasn’t already called you 20 times to ask lol)
- 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 ensure to put your best interests first. Finally, professional wedding planners will be up to date on all the guidelines to ensure all the rules and regulations are being followed.
We are here for you and happy to help you navigate through this! Whether you are recently engaged or have already postponed your 2020 wedding, we’re here to support you.
Looking to plan an intimate wedding in 2021? We have created a special intimate wedding package, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire and set up a complimentary consultation.