Let's face it - wedding planning is stressful! And that was before the corona virus pandemic disrupted our lives. Welcome to 2020 - where wedding planning takes on a whole new level of stress! That's why we've put together this top 10 list on how you can make the most of wedding planning during a pandemic.
The sooner you face the music, the better. Your wedding may not look as you originally thought, but that doesn't mean it can't be amazing! You may be switching from the Bahamas to a backyard and it can still be the wedding of your dreams. Keep an open mind, go with the flow and be flexible with the changes that come your way.
Read the fine print.
From venues to photographers, different companies have different policies when it comes to changes and cancellations. Know their policies before you book! Will it work for you if you have to change the date? Read the contracts front and back, enlist help and ask questions if there is something you don't understand. Communication with your vendors is key. Knowing the details before a change happens can save a lot of heartache. And don't delay, as soon as something does change, contact your vendors.
Hire a professional.
With your catering budget a bit smaller than planned, now is the time of allocate some of the money to a wedding planning pro! They've been dealing with this since March; and know a thing or two about Covid wedding planning. They're able to offer guidance few can and offer pandemic wedding planning advice you may have missed on your own. Wedding Wire has a large list of wedding planners so you can find one in your area.
No matter where you are in your wedding planning process, you've got to keep on top of things with what you've done and who you've paid. In the case of a change or cancellation - you want to have your ducks in a row for the best chance of a refund. Keep all your wedding planning information in one spot so you can easily find items you need! At LaLa Confetti, we use Asana to keep our team organized and we love their event planning template, try it out here.
Keep it intimate.
From your bridal shower to your ceremony, smaller is better when it comes to parties in 2020. But just because the in-person guest list will be smaller, doesn't mean the celebration is any less! A virtual bridal shower can be even bigger than the one you originally thought you would have. Zoom has made it so easy for people to get together virtually, and you can also use Facebook Messenger Rooms for a virtual celebration. Planing on videotaping your ceremony? Send it out via email so more people can witness the love!
Change the date, don't cancel.
When you're frustrated that your original (or even second) wedding date isn't going to work - don't fret! There are so many cute and easy ways to change the date. A digital card is the most cost effective - check out this option we found on Etsy to easily spread the word that your wedding date is changing. Minted has gorgeous Change-the-Date postcard options, as well. If you're considering wedding insurance, again make sure to read the fine print and see what is and NOT covered.
Say yes to the dress.
Dress shopping may look a little different. Many bridal shops are limiting the number of people who can come with you and requiring you to wear a mask. Our advice - roll with it and takes lots of pictures and videos of your favorite dresses to decide which one is right for you. Want to try one dresses at home instead? Azazie does that for bridal gowns and Bella Bridesmaids is helping you out with at-home bridesmaid dress try-ons.
Keep your bride tribe close.
Wedding planning takes support and you'll need your bridal party more than ever when planning a wedding during Covid. Make it easy on yourself and ship your bridesmaid proposal directly to your ladies! You can ship these bridesmaid proposal boxes right to their house, complete with a message of your choice. And when it comes to the bachelorette party, even if y'all aren't headed to Vegas, you can still celebrate the bride in many different ways. Check out our list of Chill Bachelorette Parties for some ideas.
Swap the Honeymoon for a Homey-Moon.
While many honeymoon destinations are out of the question for now, enjoy your newlywed life with a homey-moon. Yep, that's a homey (get it? at home) moon. Open wedding gifts, drink champagne, make plans for your real honeymoon next year -enjoy laid back, quiet time as a newly married couple.
Count your blessings.
We know, we know - this is easier said than done. But, seriously you've found the person you want to be with the rest of your life! Congratulations. That's amazing. Coming from a place of gratitude with this aspect alone can be a huge game changer in your planning process and attitude.