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5 top tips for planning a wedding during COVID-19

wedding covid-19It’s understandable that trying to plan a COVID-secure wedding can feel like a massive challenge. The best thing to do at a time like this is accept the things we cannot change, but enjoy ourselves anyway – in the safest way possible!

At the same time, it’s important to stay informed to make the most of all the opportunities that do arise to hold a wonderful wedding. So, let’s take you through five great tips that will serve you well when organising your nuptials during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Keep it small

While restrictions continue to apply to the number of people that can actually be present at a wedding, many couples are still booking weddings. And instead of waiting what may feel like forever, you might be tempted to ‘seize the moment’ and get on with planning yourself. Even though you may not be able to have the big wedding of your dreams, there’s still potential to host a beautiful, intimate ceremony.

Planning a smaller wedding may be beneficial – many venues have moved their larger bookings to 2021, leaving great packages and deals available for small weddings.

By keeping your wedding modest, you can also focus on the things that really matter, including surrounding yourself with your closest loved ones. Not only that, but you can keep the costs down and afford the best of everything – what about splurging on your favourite Champagne, for instance, instead of hundreds of guest seats?

Don’t forget wedding insurance

During uncertain times like the present, wedding insurance becomes more important than ever. Although securing wedding insurance during a national lockdown can feel like navigating a labyrinth, it’s still worth taking out. You may still be able to get cover in the event that your suppliers are unable to carry out their services – even if a complete refund is out of the picture.

Transparent communication is key

Ask your suppliers – and even your registrar – about COVID-19 policies and what would happen if you were to book now and needed to postpone down the line.

Many will be happy to rearrange their services if needed – although it’s worth bearing in mind that they may not be able to accommodate your new date. Remember that it’s fairly standard for any deposits paid to be non-refundable.

2020 has been a really rough year for everyone involved in the weddings business, especially those supplying your necessary goods. Try to be kind and respect their terms – these are small businesses just trying to stay afloat.

Book your venue in advance

Wedding postponements from this year mean that opportunities to book for a desirable date in 2021 may already be looking scarce. Why not, then, consider a weekday wedding? Even if the worst comes to the worst, you may simply need to postpone until 2022 or 2023.

Keep calm and get your wedding on!

While it’s true that planning a wedding during a pandemic can be very challenging, it’s important to keep perspective and remain calm.

You can’t control everything – so why not remain open to change? Distract yourself by thinking about all the fun party supplies you may need in the future – you might even check out dress-up options for your hen night from companies such as GO International.

It’s important during times like these – in-between rushing to get things done – to find some moments to lie back, relax and enjoy the wedding planning experience. After all, you’ll (probably) never be in this same position again!