The day you get married is one of the most magical, most significant, and most memorable days of your entire life. It is a day that many people spend years thinking about, sometimes long before they have even found the right person with whom to tie the knot. When it comes time to start planning the actual day, there are a million things to consider—dresses, suits, and ties, catering, venues, transport, invitations, cakes, flowers, etc. Most people know that, with so many moving parts, it’s important to leave some wiggle room, but no one could have predicted the year 2020.
As COVID-19 continues to make its way around the world, and many countries are going into prolonged lockdowns, many couples have had to face the sad truth that their wedding day may have to be put on hold. Others have weighed their options and decided to plan around the pandemic. Many wedding planners and bridal shops are doing their best to work with couples, overcome these limitations, and make their wedding day just as memorable as it would have been, all while still maintain social distancing policies. If you are feeling overwhelmed by 2020, do not worry, here are some steps you can take to plan around the pandemic.
Follow the Facts
2020 might go down in history as the year of uncertainty. It seems as if things are changing every day. Therefore, if you are going to go ahead with your wedding, you must stay up to date on what’s going on with the pandemic. Be sure to check reputable sources, such as the World Health Organization, for regular updates on what is happening. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to make the best choices for your family, friends, and fiancé.
Communication is the key to any marriage, but also to the wedding day itself. It would help if you were communicating openly with your fiancé as well as your wedding guests. Discuss and decide what is most important for your day—the number of guests, the venue, the date? Some or all of these things may have to change, so remain open to the possibility of change.
Your guests should also be updated regularly as to what is happening. They will appreciate being kept in the loop, especially if they have to change flights or hotel bookings. Waiting until the last minute to inform your guests of any changes could cost them extra fees and leave them frustrated with the entire event.
Find Planners and Services Willing to Work with You
As many businesses have closed their doors and gone into hibernation until the pandemic passes, you may not have the same access to bridal shops or wedding planners as before. Therefore, start looking early. Many of the big-name companies such as David’s Bridal and Men’s Warehouse are still willing to take customers, but you may need to schedule an appointment to get into their stores. Also consider your choice of venue, catering, and entertainment.
Many popular venues will likely be closed due to social distancing orders, but that doesn’t mean you are completely out of options. If you are set on a date but can’t find an open venue, consider a home wedding under a tent or in a barn. Though you might not be able to invite as many people, a backyard ceremony and reception can be intimate and cozy, while still maintaining an elegant atmosphere. Your friends and family will love the personal touch.
Also, be sure to plan for entertainment. If you are in the Baltimore/Harrisburg area, we at Soundwaves Entertainment are happy to help you through these difficult times. We can work together to create a customized wedding reception and provide professional DJing services at an affordable price. We would hate for you to miss out on that very special first dance as a married couple. Give us a call at (717) 225-5562 or shoot us an email at [email protected].
If you were planning a summer 2020 wedding, you were probably caught off guard when the entire world went into lockdown. Don’t let a global pandemic keep you from committing to the most important person in your life. If you have decided to plan around the pandemic, remember to stay up to date on the situation, communicate with your partner and guests, and start organizing things early so you can find planners and services dedicated to helping you through these unprecedented times. If you need more advice, feel free to reach out to Soundwave Entertainment, and we will do our best to meet your needs.