When your fiancé surprised you and got down on his knee to propose that day became one of the best days of your life! You were overjoyed and ready to start planning your absolute dream wedding. What you didn’t plan on though was having to plan your wedding during a pandemic – COVID 19.
How do you know what to do first? How do things change? We wanted to share our own wedding planning at home 101 to help.
Make a List. It’s helpful to jot down everything that needs to be completed throughout the wedding process. Here at A. Dominick Events we use an online project management tool called Trello. Trello allows us to keep track of what is coming down the pipeline for our clients. Our clients are also able to see our collaborative to-do list which is helpful for the bride, mother of the bride, groom and any other important family members.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed. Give yourself 3-4 tasks at a time to tackle. Try not to overwhelm yourself with the thought that everything must get done immediately. It is stressful, most definitely, but it is also important to remember to enjoy this process. Be kind to yourself and give yourself breaks. Downtime is important too. Try to start your planning process early; you can take reference from other people’s experiences through blogs, articles, and such. If you are looking for more clarity on when to start planning your wedding (destination or even local), you can click here for more information.
New Digital World. It’s key to remember that even when we’re not in a pandemic much of wedding planning does not happen in person. It’s normal to plan most of your wedding via phone calls and emails. The current health situation makes video chats for floral and design consultations as the new norm, but just as useful as in-person design meetings. You may also find that you’ll be doing a lot of ordering online. Usually, you’d be able to taste all the food and wine that you want on your menu to make sure that you like it, but with nothing happening in person at the moment, this is temporarily off the table (no pun intended). Use delivery services instead, like this Denver wine delivery service, to have options sent to you at home for you to try – that way you’ll still be able to taste-test everything, but you won’t have to leave your house.
Be Patient. Many hotels and restaurants are currently working on a skeleton crew which has caused some delays in their response. Be patient and persistent. Call, email or direct message your vendors, but make sure to remember that we are all navigating this new normal.
Communicate Clearly. Communication is key when wedding planning. Be clear when you reach out to your vendors about your expectations and what you are open to be flexible on.
It is also important to keep your family in the loop. If you should need to change dates or locations, let your family know asap.
Have Fun. This is an exciting time for you and fiancé – embrace it! Take the extra time at home together to pull design inspiration photos. Make your “wedding” Pinterest board. Order swatches online. Not only are these things fun, but they also are very helpful when it comes to floral and design meetings.
Having things to look at visually is invaluable. Modern means different things to each person, but if you have photos to share of what modern means to you that will make for a more productive meeting with your planner and/or florist.
Don’t forget to take breaks and step away from your to-do list. Don’t get so bogged down in your to-do’s that you aren’t having fun doing non-wedding things.
Read your contracts. Be sure you understand the cancellation and postponement terms in all of your contracts. If it isn’t clear ask questions and get everything in writing.
Choose a season-less style for Your Wedding. Embrace a design that could transition from one season to another, should you need to move your wedding date. Move away from planning your wedding for the season instead plan a wedding that is timeless and is easily transferable to any season. For example, cherry blossoms are only available in the spring and should you need to move to the fall they wouldn’t be available.
Hire a Wedding Planner. Consider hiring a wedding planner to help guide you through the unknown. Our A. Dominick Events team promises to help you every step of the way, keep you organized, and keep you sane. We promise to use our experience to guide you and not make decisions for you. Above all, we want your wedding day to be above and beyond what you’ve always dreamed!