Wedding Planning During Coronavirus Quarantine: 3 Steps to Take

Mar 24

What a crazy couple of weeks, right?? I never thought I’d write tips for wedding planning during a pandemic, but this is our reality, and your wedding planning should not be put on hold!

Actually, all of your new free time is the perfect opportunity to tackle more meaningful, productive, and fun wedding planning than you usually could!

Let’s dig in to the 3 wedding planning steps to take while in quarantine. ⬇️⬇️

1. Hire your vendors

I always tell couples that after you hire most of your vendors, you can relax for a while and coast through being engaged. It’s a huge step. It can be time consuming, but I’m guessing you have a lot of extra time on your hands right now.

It’s also a big step, because hiring vendors will make your wedding a reality and help you imagine what it will look like!

 

Vendors that are easy to hire while in quarantine:

  • Coordinator
  • Photographer
  • Florist
  • DJ
  • Hair & Makeup artist
  • Videographer
  • Calligrapher/ stationary designer
  • Officiant
  • Bartender
  • Photo Booth

 

It’s totally possible (and normal) to book these vendors without meeting in person! Look through their websites, photo galleries, and social media. Email them to ask allllll of your questions. Schedule a phone or Facetime call with them. How awesome would it be to leave this quarantine with nearly ALL of your vendors booked?? 💪🏆🏅👏

If you’re worried about paying several retainer fees during shaking financial times, ask each of them how you can adjust the payment schedule. Everyone’s being flexible right now. Instead of a large retainer payment at the beginning and a large payment at the end, ask about monthly or quarterly payments instead.

The support-small-businesses movement has been huge for the past couple weeks, and that’s awesome. Your vendors are also small businesses, but sometimes without a storefront and employees. That means that every “cha-ching moment”  they have is that much more important to their wellbeing and ability to pay the bills.

 

Other ways to support your vendors during this time:

  • Follow them on social media and engage with their posts (this is free!)
  • Leave a great review on Facebook or The Knot (this is free!)
  • Purchase a gift card or credit
  • Book a photo session for later / book a makeup trail for later / buy something from their online shop

 

This could be an entirely separate blog post, but here are some ways to start looking for vendors:

  • The Knot – stick to the first couple pages of each vendor category. Don’t stress yourself out by looking through all 1,304,585 pages.
  • Instagram Hashtags – Search hashtags like #AustinWeddingPhotographer #AustinBride #ATXWedding #KeepAustinWed #AustinEngagementPhotos
  • Your venue’s social media’s accounts  – Venues usually tag the photographer in photos they post!
  • Your friends’ social media accounts – First hand experience and recommendations from people you trust is a goldmine!

 

2. Have conversations about the look & feel of your wedding

This is such a simple concept, but it’s so often overlooked by brides & grooms! Sit down together and have conversations about what your wedding to look and feel like. You have the time, after all!

Ask yourself these questions to get started:

  • What colors do you imagine being in the flowers, wedding party clothes, invitations, and on table cloths? Bright colors, dark colors, lots of colors, one color, many shades of one color, etc.
  • What do you want the guests to DO at your reception? Dance a lot, eat a lot, use a photo booth, smoke cigars, eat pie, play games, stand outside in big groups, sit on couches in small groups, etc.
  • What part of the day are you looking forward to the most? Your vows, your first look, great food, time alone by yourselves, partying with your friends, fun dance floor props, photos with your grandparents, etc.
  • Do you want to spend most of the day inside or outside? Mostly inside because of the weather, mostly outside with a backup plan for the weather, half and half, etc.

 

Wedding Planning During Covid-19 Corona Virus Quarantine

3. Consider Eloping

If you were planning to get married in mid 2020, consider eloping! This significantly cuts down your task list in all categories. Instead of hiring a bunch of vendors, you only need an officiant, a photographer, and possibly a planner or travel agent.

Are you someone who’s never imagined what it would be like to have a small wedding or elopement? Start picturing it…

  • Where would you do it?
  • If you could only invite 5 people, who would they be? What about 20 people?
  • If your wedding is in August, and this virus is still an issue then, would you be open to eloping? Or would you rather wait another 6 months (or longer) to be married and have a large wedding?

 

These questions will help you decide whether eloping is practical for you and whether you’re really interested in the idea. At the end of the day, weddings are about the couple. Your marriage is the end result, and an elopement could help you focus on that true purpose.

Recently, I’ve also seen couples decide to elope on their original date and plan a larger wedding reception for later. You can still rent a venue, wear your wedding dress, and have a cake at the reception. There are a lot of ways you could do it.

 

And guys, guess what?? Right now, I’m offering 50% off elopement photography for all elopements (ceremonies + bride & groom photos) happening between now and the end of May 2020! 🎉 🎉 Ask me for more details. Let’s talk about your elopement!

More about elopement/destination wedding photography >

 

Wedding Planning During Covid-19 Corona Virus Quarantine

I know this isn’t ideal

When you got engaged, I know you didn’t factor a global pandemic into your plans. This isn’t ideal. I’ve been working with most of my Spring 2020 couples to reschedule their weddings in some way or another. Being forced to cancel plans and postpone your wedding is heartbreaking.

Know that your vendors are there for you. If you don’t have any vendors yet, now more than ever, it’s vital to have wedding professionals on your side. No one knows how the rest of this year will go down, but having experts to help you problem-solve is so helpful. We’re in this together.

Use this time to dream up your wedding, think through the possibilities, and stay optimistic! 😊

 

 

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