The coronavirus pandemic has essentially put the whole of the world on pause, and for those who were planning to tie the knot this year, that means weddings, too. According to one report, wedding planners and venues are expecting weddings every day of the week in 2021 as couples who had to postpone their weddings look to reschedule, on top of a renewed sense of consumer confidence and indeed couples living together and changing their priorities post-pandemic. If you, too, are planning on getting married next year, fear not: below, we’ve rounded up some things that you can prepare in advance for your big day.
Lock in your venue
Although coronavirus restrictions are still up in the air, parts of the world are now beginning to come out of their government-imposed lockdowns. Now is the time to settle on a venue and book a slot as soon as possible, as competition will be fierce. Unfortunately, this might mean that you have to compromise on dates or even push back your wedding to later in the year, but the sooner you’ve got a date locked down, you can start properly planning for it.
Plan your ceremony
If you’re feeling down about having to postpone your wedding, run through your big day in your head and plan out every minute. Weddings are no fun if you’ve got a minute-by-minute itinerary – you should always leave some room for mingling and unforeseen circumstances – but you can start to think about how you’re going to get to the venue, and what you’ll say as the ceremony is conducted. Claddagh Rings has a handy infographic offering some Celtic wedding traditions that you might want to incorporate – handfasting is a romantic tradition!
Send out the invites
If you’re planning to get married during the week, you’ll need to give guests plenty of notice so that they can get time off work, arrange childcare and pay for a hotel room. Now is the time to get creative and make your own invitations. Take your time, head to Pinterest for some inspiration, and send them out via post. Virtual invites just don’t have the same effect.
The chances are that you’ll want to round off your wedding by spending some time together on a honeymoon. Have a think about where you want to go, and consider booking it so that you have something to look forward to. If your wedding is postponed or canceled again, you will still have a luxury vacation booked where you can celebrate your love for one another.
Choosing your VIPs
If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s who our true friends and family are. Have a good think about the sort of people you want to be by your side during your big day, from your bridesmaids to your groomsmen and flower girls. Take your time and make the decision for yourself; don’t try to make other people happy. At the end of the day, it’s your special event!
Whatever stage you’re at with planning your wedding, we wish you the best of luck!