This year has not gone as expected, for anyone. With everything constantly changing, it makes the already challenging project of planning a wedding, even harder. Fortunately, there are industry leaders who have come up with some really great solutions and ways of adapting plans to help you enjoy your day.
We've gathered some great advice from wedding industry experts to help you figure it out.
But before you dive in, it's a good idea to take a moment and figure out what is most important to you and your partner. Weddings may not look like we expected for the next little while, but it's still possible to honour and celebrate the things that are most important. It's okay (and healthy!) to grieve the wedding you expected to have, but if you're clear on what is most important to you, there are lots of creative ways to create a day that celebrates the life that you're building together.
Talk to your partner and try to figure out what parts of the wedding you value the most. Were you looking forward to the speeches? Why not get your loved ones to make a video toast? Were you excited to dress up and look your best? You can still do that! Looking forward to great food? Smaller guest lists mean more room in the budget for catering!
Once you're clear on your top priorities, talk to your vendors. Everyone is trying to adapt to the chaos and the more everyone talks about what they need, the better we can work together to make it happen. Vendors are trying to be as flexible as possible, and they might have solutions that you hadn't considered. One thing to keep in mind is that a smaller guest list means that you might be able to include things that weren't in the budget before, such as premium decor, floral arrangments, and food. Talking to your vendors will help you figure out what options are available.
As you're planning, make sure to check the Manitoba Government website for the most up to date information.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that you are not alone. These are crazy times. We, and the many wonderful people we work with, are here to help you create a wedding that celebrates you and your life.
Photos from Stone House Creative, "Intimate Boho Wedding in Steinbach". Photography - Ariana Tennyson Photography, Rentals - C&T Rentals, Hat - Lack of Color, Dress - LA Collection, Makeup - Myuz Makeup Artistry
Wedding planner, Tricia Bachewich, has written a great post about what to do if you have to postpone or reschedule your wedding (first step: understand what's not in your control).
Lauren, owner of Stone House Creative, has a lovely, realistic and compassionate guide for planning your wedding in the midst of the Covid-19.
Weddings aren't just about the wedding day. A big part of the fun is getting together with friends and family to celebrate before and after your wedding. That might not be possible due to travel restrictions and health precautions, so consider a digital party. Feast and Festivities tells you how!
Wedding Wire has advice on how to adapt your plans to allow for social distancing.
The Knot, has a collection of articles to help you every step of the way.