Let’s be honest – if you’re getting married soon, you’re probably thinking of how to plan a wedding during covid. As couples globally face the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the right actions and navigating covid is proving challenging. From choosing the right venue to considering a COVID-friendly wedding venue, the things to consider can be tasking.
So, as you’re planning your wedding during the coronavirus pandemic, there are 5 tips you should never overlook.
Use online platforms to Find your planning team
Depending on the restrictions in your local area, venue tours and face-to-face meetings might be on hold for now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with your suppliers virtually instead!
Thanks to the pandemic, most wedding venues are now offering one-on-one virtual tours, allowing you to “walk through” the space, chat to the venue coordinator and ask questions as they arise. You can also screenshot or record any key details to look back on at a later date and, you can do it all from the couch in your sweatpants.
Similarly, you’ll find wedding vendors are more than happy to jump on Skype, FaceTime or Zoom during these times for virtual meetings and consultations. From your wedding planner to your wedding photographer and celebrant, you can essentially book your entire planning team online from the comfort of your home.
Choose a COVID-Friendly Wedding Venue
Speaking of venues – if you’re worried about the pandemic hampering your wedding plans, you might want to consider an outdoor venue rather than an indoor location. Outdoor venues are more spacious with natural ventilation, making them less likely to be hit with tight guest list restrictions.
If you do have your heart set on an indoor space, it’s a good idea to choose a larger venue that allows plenty of room for your expected guest numbers. You might also want to chat with the venue about their COVID-safe policies. For example, how often are surfaces and amenities cleaned and sanitized? Are there separate doors for entering and exiting? Will staff members be wearing gloves or masks? Choosing a venue with strict policies in place should help you feel more at ease leading up to your wedding.
Double Check Your Contracts
Before paying any deposits or signing any contracts with your wedding vendors, it’s important to get clear on their cancellation policies, especially if you’re planning your wedding during the pandemic.
By now, most vendors should have clear procedures in place if you need to downsize, postpone or cancel your wedding due to COVID-19. Make sure you ask the right questions so you know exactly where you stand if circumstances change.
For example: is the deposit non-refundable, or are you able to transfer it to a new date? Can you reduce your guest numbers without being penalized? What happens if you need to cancel your wedding altogether? This will vary from supplier to supplier, so it’s best to have an open conversation with each of your vendors at the beginning of your relationship.
Keep in mind that this is also an incredibly tricky time for business owners in the wedding industry, too, so be sure to approach these conversations with understanding and kindness.
Remember to Stay Flexible
When learning how to plan a wedding during covid, you’ll undoubtedly need to make a few compromises. Our tip? Take a deep breath and focus on what’s actually important! If you can stay flexible, roll with the punches and approach it with a positive mindset.
Always have a plan B
We know it’s the last thing you want to think about, but it’s important to consider having a plan B.
Sit down & have an honest chat with your partner about your priorities for the day. Then create a plan B (and C, and D!) that you’re both comfortable with. Getting on the same page will help reduce any last-minute stress if you need to rethink your plans closer to the day.
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