Where do we go from here? What do we do? These are just a couple of questions that I have been hearing lately since COVID-19 made a big impact on the wedding industry in 2020. Most brides and grooms are unsure of what to do next or what will happen next when it comes to their wedding day. Couples spend months and sometimes years planning for their big moment, investing their blood, sweat, tears, and hard-earned money to make their wedding dreams come true. So, to have all that hard work amount to not being able to have their wedding on their date and on their terms is a bit unsettling.
Wedding planners have never been more needed than a time like this. To help steer couples in the right direction, answer all their questions, and quell all of their worries. I have listed a few options below to help you get started on how to navigate wedding planning during COVID. Feel free to contact me if you need more in depth help.
Option # 1: Slim down the guest list. This option is perfect to still have your wedding during this time by having a more intimate wedding with your close friends and family and it can still be romantic, meaningful and a ton of fun for those who attended. Do not forget to add your vendors to the guest count to make sure that you do not go over the allowable guests for your state.
Option # 2: Livestream. If you are still wanting to have your large ceremony, then opt for live streaming the ceremony and it will help your guests feel as if they are right there with you. This way your guests that are concerned can be comfortable and your guest count is only limited by the streaming software that you use. Everyone can still take part in one of the biggest days of your life!
Option # 3: Ceremony now, Reception Later
You can opt to do your ceremony now with close family members and friends and do your big reception later. If you still want to have the big wedding, then this option is for you because it brings you the best of both worlds and twice the fun! This option makes it so that you can still have a HUGE reception with your loved ones at a later date when COVID is just a blimp on the radar.
Option 4: Elopement. You can make the ceremony even more intimate and elope with just you and your significant other in a place that you both love. This is a great option because it saves you time, money, and best of all, it is all about you! You don't have to worry about all of the differing opinions about what your wedding should be like, and you can just have it exactly how you want it.
Option # 5: Postpone. I know that this is the dreaded option, but postponing can actually be beneficial for all those involved. Since no one would have to social distance, wear masks, or potentially not show up because COVID. It would give you time to also make any changes that you want and be more elaborate and creative since you have the time to save up more money. This could allow you to go even bigger!
Option # 6: Choose a weekday. If you are postponing your wedding, then I suggest choosing a weekday or a day that is not in wedding season. Because a lot of couples are postponing their weddings and your vendors that you already booked may not have that prime-time day available.
Most vendors book up their events in the summer months (depending on where you live) and Saturdays are the prime time slots because every couple wants them. So, if you are willing and able to have your wedding on a weekday that would greatly increase your chance of having all your vendors available for that date. Also, some vendors even discount their rates for weekday bookings and reception halls are almost always available on weekdays.
Option # 7: Change Venue. If you are having trouble during this time as some venues are not even accepting bookings for 2021 then I would suggest finding a new venue that will guarantee your date rather than your date being tentative and your venue being able to change it at any time. If not, completely changing your venue then at least having a backup venue just in case the primary one falls through.