Today’s post is designed to help you with wedding planning during Covid-19.
If you are planning to marry in 2021 or 2022, and only just getting started on your wedding planning journey, this post will take you through the steps. I am going to advise you on all you can be doing and how wedding planning during Covid-19 can proceed.
Planning Your Wedding Vision
Step 1: You and your partner should sit down and brainstorm. Talk about everything that you think your wedding should and should not be. Come up with a “blueprint” that you agree between the two of you. This should cover:
- Where (ie location)
- Guest numbers (write a list, don’t just guess)
- Type or style of venue
- Design vision
- Type of ceremony
- Elements that you have to include at your wedding and those that you definitely don’t want
I have written an entire blog post on just step one which you can read here
Step 2: The next step on your wedding planning journey should be to find and secure your wedding venue.
Another of my blog posts which will help you with this step can be found here
But of course, you are wedding planning during Covid-19 so at the present time you are unable to visit the venues that you end up with on your shortlist.
This does not necessarily need to present a major obstacle. Most venues will take you on a virtual tour. This may either be something they have pre-recorded or you can ask for a video call where they walk you around the venue. Either option should give you a very good opportunity to see all of the spaces and decide if the venue is right for you.
Once you have done the virtual tour, make sure you talk to the venue owner or coordinator about the details of the hire arrangements, their packages, pricing and so on; all the things that you would discuss with them during a venue visit.
At this point, you may need to confirm your booking to secure the venue on your preferred date. But, there may be an option to place a hold on the venue, pending being able to visit in person. This is something you will need to discuss.
Whilst wedding planning during Covid-19, in person meetings with potential suppliers are unlikely to be possible, but video meetings are. Now is a great time to arrange these meetings. Suppliers would normally be busy with weddings at this time of year, but this year they are not. So we all have plenty of time and are making ourselves available to meet “virtually” with couples who are only just making a start on their wedding planning. You can meet via video and book various suppliers including:
- Photographer and videographer
- Band and other entertainment
- Transport/wedding cars
- Celebrant or religious officiant
- Wedding Stationer
With regard to your catering, if this is not provided in-house at your venue, you can make a start on speaking with caterers about menus, pricing etc but I understand if you would prefer to wait until a food tasting is possible before confirming the booking. But if you know the caterers food you can go ahead and book once you have had all of the initial conversations.
Hair and make-up is another one you may prefer to wait for trials to become possible. But again, you can have the initial conversations and ask them to pencil in your date.
If wedding planning during Covid-19 you can still notify your guests by sending a “Save the Date”.
And you can start to work on items such as your invitations and wedding day stationery design.
You can also start to plan the design and styling for your wedding. If you have a wedding planner or stylist on board, this is certainly something that he or she will be encouraging you to work on during lockdown.
So, as you can see, there is a great deal that you can be doing right now whilst you are wedding planning during Covid-19. I do appreciate that whilst you may be happy to go so far with your research, you may be reluctant to pay out large sums in deposits when the future is still something of an unknown. My advice would be to discuss your concerns with your chosen venue and suppliers. You should be able to get something written into your contracts with them that protects you in the event of the wedding not being possible due to another outbreak. You might also be able to agree reduced or staged deposit payments.
If you would like further advice or assistance planning your wedding during Covid-19 please get in touch. You can contact me by email, by phone on + 44 020 3930 9459 or by heading over to the contact page on my website.
All of the weddings featured in this blog post were planned, designed and coordinated by Elegante by Michelle J.