If you are feeling overwhelmed by Wedding Planning during COVID-19, this post is for you.
The outbreak of Coronavirus has had a far-reaching impact on all of us. For couples planning their weddings in 2020 and 2021, the challenges are unique and unprecedented. Handling difficult decisions (at what is already a stressful time) can be particularly challenging and emotional. But know that you are not alone. Whether you’re weeks or months away from saying “I do”, I’m holding you close to my heart and I’m here to help you navigate this time. You still can, however, continue planning your wedding in an effective and efficient way during lock-down. Below are different tasks that you can do during this time to continue planning a celebration worthy of your love.
1. Research and secure your suppliers
If you are looking for a particular vendor for your wedding day, now is the time to browse through their websites, read their reviews and testimonials, and schedule video calls to discuss their packages and offerings in more detail. Generally, reputable vendors are booked ten months to a year in advance; but with weddings and events required to postpone during this time, many of the top vendors will be more highly sought after. When booking your suppliers, be sure to ask what their postponement policy is, incase your wedding day needs to be rescheduled or cannot go ahead as planned due to covid-19.
2. Get Inspired
If you have been struggling with identifying a style or concept for your wedding day, then now is a great time to explore and get inspired. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed walks in the morning and have been inspired by a particular flower? Or maybe you’ve experimented with a new cocktail and would like to serve it at your wedding? Now is the perfect time to start a Pinterest board. Wedding blogs are also a great way to find your unique style and source inspiration.
If you already have a Pinterest board, try designing a real-life mood-board using a plain piece of cardboard. Take clippings from magazines, paint samples and swatches of fabric and let your imagination go wild! I’ve had some fun explorative sessions with couples over video during lock-down, where we have used our time to explore different concepts and ideas. If you’d like to find out more about these, visit my services page or get in touch.
3. Try out new hair and beauty looks
Your hair and makeup trials may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with different styles at home. There’s plenty of bridal hair and makeup inspiration on Pinterest, and lots of stylists are taking to social media to share their top bridal beauty tips. This is also a great opportunity for brides to create a healthy skincare and exercise routine. Incorporate elements such as soothing masks, calming bath rituals, healthy eating and adequate sleep.
4. Get organized and consider the sentimental details
Use this time to consider the sentimental details of your wedding day such as your ‘old, new, borrowed, and blue’ items as well as your chosen accessories and undergarments. This is also a great time to write your love letters to each other to read on your wedding day, and perhaps even your vows.
Give some thought to the kind of imagery that you want of your wedding day (whether it’s particular ring shots, a stationery flat-lay, or specific photos of certain family members). Save a list of your favourite images off Instagram and Pinterest, and make sure to discuss these (along with your list of family members) when you meet or chat with your photographer. Also compile your list of “must have” and “do not play” songs for your DJ. Focusing on important lists such as these will ensure that all details are clearly thought out come your wedding day.
You can also search the net for your bridal party gift ideas and guest favours. Delivery may only take place after lock-down, but you will be able to take advantage of vendors who are offering deals and discounts during this time.
5. Troubleshoot and revisit important details
If you have been affected by the lock-down and have had to postpone your wedding, it is likely that your wedding may now fall into a different season. Think about the florals available to you in your new season, and the food choices from your caterer. You may also need to relook your wedding day timeline with your planner and photographer to maximize the best light for portraits and activities.
6. Reach out to your vendors
Reach out to your vendors to get to know them on a more personal level and really share your style and personality with them. This way, your vendors can truly understand what is important to you, and you will feel more relaxed around them on your wedding day.
How has your planning changed, and how can I be of service to you during these times? If there is anything I can help you with, or if you would like to chat about your wedding plans, I would love to hear from you.