Lockdown Wedding Planning
So, you’ve shared the news with family and friends, posted a #theysaidyes photo on social media and had a glass of bubbly to celebrate, but now…Lockdown 3.0. We are here to prove to you that you can still plan your dream wedding while staying at home…
You can still be excited!
Embrace the time you have at home to create excitement (for you and your guests) around your wedding day. You could buy milestone cards and share your wedding planning journey on social media with your guests. Or, go old-school and buy some wedding magazines during your essential supermarket trip and create a mood-board.
Plan A, B + C
It goes without saying, that our ideal full-size and dream plans have been disrupted by the pandemic. If you can’t shake the idea of having all your family and friends there in-person to celebrate, it might be worth looking towards 2022 or 2023 options for Plan A.
With many accepting that we are having to revert to Plan B, and some enjoying the chance to celebrate with a ‘microwedding’ (certainly cheaper and less mouths to feed!), this is the perfect opportunity to consider how you can scale down your ideas. Looking at the changing guidelines over the past year, you could consider options (and decide whether you would want to go ahead) for 6, 15, 30, 50, 100+ guests.
Working with Suppliers Remotely
Don’t underestimate the power of picking up the phone or joining a video call with your suppliers. While we are unable to meet face-to-face, it is the best way to create a relationship. And certainly, everyone remembers a face better than an email!?
With the average wedding in 2019 costing £31,974, wedding insurance is particularly important as it covers you for any unexpected financial loss. Brides Magazine has a fantastic article with all the ins-and-outs of wedding insurance – you have plenty of time to get clued up. Just like car or house insurance, you can compare offers and prices on the usual comparison websites – just remember to read the policy carefully to check what it covers.
Unfortunately, most insurance policies won’t cover against disease (COVID-19 included) so it best to check with your venue and suppliers on their cancellation policy. We are all in this together, so most will be sympathetic to any unexpected changes.
Use Online Platforms
There are hundreds of websites, apps, social and virtual platforms to help you start planning your wedding – make use of them while everyone is glued to their phones! If you’re looking for an all-encompassing app, which puts all your wedding planning one place to find venues, suppliers and enquiries, check out free wedding planning app Bridebook.
Perhaps you’d like to get your guests excited and feel involved in the planning process? Consider setting up your own wedding website – you can collate ideas, share potential dates and information (particularly about your Plan B options!).
Pinterest, the Holy Grail of wedding ideas, is also a invaluable tool to share boards with your guests and wedding party. You could create a shared board and ask everyone to add something they’d love to see there.
Nod to Pandemic
While it would be lovely to forget about the difficulties of planning a wedding during a pandemic, it is a massive achievement and you should celebrate your fantastic strength, patience and struggle in the hope that one day you can celebrate properly. Don’t pretend everything is normal – because it most certainly isn’t – and consider creating a few ‘nods’ to the pandemic while planning.
Perhaps you could ask guests who will be unable to attend to send a pre-recorded video message to be played during the Reception – creating a virtual guestbook for you to keep forever. Your invitations could be sent out with face masks personalised with the date of your wedding day. And, why not start making hand sanitiser favours?!
Are you planning a wedding in lockdown? Join the Venues and Events team at Cheltenham Ladies’ College on Friday 12th February, 6.30pm for a fun and interactive evening celebrating your engagement, plus hints and tips on how to plan a wedding in lockdown. With a goody bag sent out in advance, insider planning advice, plus a chance to compete against other couples for prizes, grab your other half and book your place today! Book by 31st January for early-bird tickets at £7.50 per couple: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing?eid=16318&