In the previous post, I gave my thoughts and insight about postponing your wedding during this unprecedented and uncertain time. This post talks about things you can do to move ahead with planning your wedding during this time.
Keep thinking ahead and take this opportunity to continue to plan and be productive. Here are some ways you can utilise this time and still tick items off your wedding to-do list:
- Make sure you understand the legalities of getting married and you have gone through the relevant processes. If you’re having a civil ceremony check your new date is available (if postponing) and if you need to give notice a second time. Refer to Gov.uk for more information. At the moment, you cannot give notice at a register office or hold a wedding or civil partnership ceremony because of Coronavirus. Check with your local registry office also for more information on your area – they should have updated their website accordingly. If you’re having a church ceremony check ask if the reading of the banns needs to be done again if you’re changing to a new date.
- Update your Pinterest boards and really nail down your vision for the day.
- Review your guest list and gather all the essential information you and your suppliers will need to know, such as dietary requirements/allergies/special access needs.
- Order anything you need for your wedding, honeymoon, hen party – things are taking a little longer to be delivered so allow plenty of time for these items to arrive.
- Keep up to date with any travel bans on your favourite honeymoon destinations and start researching destinations and honeymoon options, if you haven’t already done so.
- Think about music choices for your ceremony, drinks reception, first dance, reception and any other wedding activities you’ll be hosting.
- Start putting together a play list for your DJ/band, don’t forget to a ‘do not play’ list too.
- Think about your stationery, such as invitations, signage, menus etc. If you’re opting to make any of these yourself, it’s a great time to start. We all seem to have a little more time on our hands right now so why not use it productively and make a start on beautifully crafted elements for your wedding.
- Start putting together the shot list for your photographer – think about the shots you would like your photographer to capture, such as bride and father of the bride, cutting of the cake, first dance, family shots.
- Wedding insurance – if you don’t have wedding insurance, I recommend taking out a policy as soon as insurance companies are taking new applications. Whilst many insurers won’t cover Coronavirus, it does cover you if there is a problem with the venue or a supplier, but be mindful that it does not provide cover if one of you changes their mind.
- Hire a wedding planner – now is the time to look into hiring a wedding planner, if your budget will allow for one. It is emotional and overwhelming planning a wedding, and add in a pandemic and that adds a whole other level of anxiety. Weddings are complex events with a lot of moving parts and having an expert on board working with you to help guide you through the process, support you and be your advocate will alleviate some of the stress. If you don’t think working with a wedding planner is for you, wedding blogs offer advice on various topics that might be useful.
REMEMBER – this is a temporary situation and the most important thing is that everyone is safe and well. Your celebration will happen, it will be beautiful and about the two of you and your loved ones, it just might need adapting.
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