Credit: Christine le Roux Photography and Stark Events
Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience, and when combined with a global pandemic, it’s a completely different ball-game altogether. The COVID-19 pandemic has put an immense amount of pressure on engaged couples all around the world and what is supposed to the happiest day is easily becoming a daunting experience. With that said, it is totally possible to plan a beautiful wedding despite the challenges, so we’re sharing our tips on how to plan a wedding during a pandemic.
Figure out your priorities
Wedding planning, no matter the circumstances, requires couples to truly figure out what they would want from their day. What does your dream wedding look like? Do close family members need to travel from far or overseas? Is a big party with all your friends and family a must or are you willing to go for something a bit more intimate? Would you consider a small intimate ceremony and postponing your big reception until it is safe to do so? Would you prefer to elope and are you open to live-streaming your wedding? These are all challenging questions, but so important to have this discussion together and make a list of your non-negotiables, things your willing to compromise on and elements you are willing to forfeit in order to figure out the direction of your wedding and ultimately, the first step to planning your pandemic-friendly wedding.
Read the fine print
Let’s be honest here. Often we skip the fine print and head straight into signing on the dotted line. However, especially during these uncertain times, it is imperative to pay attention to the finer details. It’s important to know exactly what the cancellation or rescheduling policy of a particular vendor is before you enter into an agreement. Also, what will happen to your deposit if you need to postpone or cancel, out of choice or regulation.
You’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, however you’d want nothing to stop you from marrying the love of your life. Our advice? Hire an experienced wedding planner who will guide you throughout your wedding journey. Not only will they be there when you’d need a shoulder to cry on, but they are experienced in their field and will offer you invaluable wedding advice. Most wedding planners also offer virtual consultations to ensure your safety and peace of mind.
Communication has always been extremely important whilst wedding planning, but even more so during a pandemic. Communicate openly to your guests and inform them if your original plans have changed. Communicating to guests is important and so is communicating to your preferred or booked service providers. Be honest about your fears and uncertainties and allow these professionals to guide you throughout this process - also respect their boundaries and what they feel comfortable with doing during this time. And, if you’re still uncertain about making any decisions, know that there is no pressure on you to do so. After all, this is your journey and you decide what goes.
Alternative wedding ideas
The show must go on and nothing will ever be able to stop true love. If you’re set on marrying the love of your life instead of waiting on the pandemic to pass by, alternative options are to be considered. But what are your options when you can’t have all your guests present?
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
- Drive-by weddings: These allow you to have a beautiful intimate ceremony in the comfort of your own home or garden and invite guests to drive-by after the ceremony to pass on their well wishes. If you like the sound of a drive-by wedding, be sure to offer your guests a thoughtful favour for their efforts. We love the idea of cupcakes or macarons from Limnos Bakers, cake from The Velvet Cake Co, tasty donuts from Krispy Kreme or quality chocolate from Lindt.
- Virtual Weddings: These take place in the form of a live stream, so whether you’re hosting a zoom wedding party or hiring a videographer to live stream your special day, the options are there. If you do decide to live stream, make this occasion extra special by having snack boxes delivered to your guests which can be enjoyed with bubbly from the comfort of their homes. Live stream weddings have also become increasingly popular when couples elope or choose to have a destination wedding.
- Micro Weddings: A fabulous option if you want to keep your wedding intimate and ultimately safe by only inviting your closest friends and family.
Credit: CK Photography
Have a backup plan
Have a backup plan and fall in love with it! If you’re not able to have the big celebration that your heart desires, but you still want to get married, nothing is stopping you from having an intimate ceremony on your planned wedding date and a bigger celebration at a later stage. This way you wouldn’t have to postpone marrying the love of your life – after all, a wedding is about two lives becoming one and celebrating your unique love for one another.
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