Planning a wedding during the times of COVID-19 can be difficult. Love doesn't stop, it has just been postponed. You have to keep on planning because there is always a brighter future and it will be here soon. Wedding planning takes a lot of time so no point in wasting these months of COVID-19. When there is welcome relief from the pandemic and life gets back to some sort of normal you have some solid plans to move forward with. I have come up with a wedding planning checklist for COVID-19.
Be extra flexible due to uncertain times
No need for bridezilla at these times. Take a breathe and step back and review your situation. Everyone is under stress and their minds are going a million miles an hour. There will be many ways to get to your goals for your wedding, it may take a bit longer and more organising. The extra flexibility will be a blessing during these uncertain times.
Have your wedding locally
It is great to support local venues and spend your money in your local area to boost your local economy. With the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 travelling out-of-town or overseas will be less available or not available at all. Saving the hassle of the uncertainty of travel you can stay locally and insure a fantastic wedding venue for you and your guests.
Source locally for your wedding products
Supply chain issues have impacted imports during COVID-19 and this has affected wedding products that you would normally rely on. Great wedding outfits made overseas have stopped arriving but this gives opportunities to research local suppliers who may create an even better product than you can get overseas.
Digitise as much as possible
Doing things digital saves a lot of the risk associated with physical goods passing any unwanted microscopic friends. It can save money and time not having to print and mail out physical invitations and save the date cards. There are some stylish designs available that can be sent through email or social media. Have your guests reply through an online RSVP through platforms like Paperless Post. Live streaming your wedding and reception to anyone who wasn't able to make it due to COVID-19 rules could be an addition to your wedding planning checklist which would give an even larger amount of people access to your special day than under normal circumstances.
Understand cancellation policies and use insurance if necessary
Reading the fine print is so important in these times of uncertainty. All contracts should be read by at least two people in your wedding planning group and any things you aren't sure about clarify with the people you are signing the contract with. Always ask more questions than less. Be sure that you can exit or change plans if you need to. Anything can be written into a contract. Insurance is also something to consider due to amount of money you are likely to be spending on a wedding and a popular company that provides insurance in Australia is Dream Wedding Insurance. For USA customers, Consumers Advocate has analysed wedding insurance options so you can shop around and see the best that can fit your needs and budget.
Keep the guests regularly updated on the plans
Communicate frequently with your guests to let them know how things are going, if there are any changes and possible hurdles in the future. With COVID-19 anything can happen and some of your guests may have there own questions about how they are going to be safe and steps you are taking to keep them safe. There is nothing wrong with regular reminders of positive news and most importantly any negative news so everyone can adjust their expectations.
Follow the health rules in your state
Each state has different rules depending on the situation with COVID-19. Make sure you check the current position of your local government regarding the health rules. These may include the number of people who can gather, personal protective equipment and spacing requirements. Do not forget to put this on your wedding planning checklist.
Use extra hygiene practices
Hand washing facilities, single use products, encouraging people to take extra precautions leading up to the wedding to make sure they are healthy, are ways to practise hygiene to keep everybody safe at the wedding. No one should attend the wedding if they aren't feeling well, as sad as it may be to miss such a great day. Having visible hand sanitiser bottles on entry to the venue and placed around the facility will make everybody more hygienic and minimise any spread of potential infection. Giving a little bit of extra space for all the guests will also be advisable.
We hope everybody doesn't have to delay their weddings too much longer. If you have any other things we missed that could go on your wedding planning checklist for COVID-19, please leave a comment below.