COVID-19 has brought the world to a sudden and unexpected halt. With more than 20% of the world’s population currently on lockdown, it can be hard to think too far into the future. However, for couples in the middle of planning their wedding day, the future is something that needs immediate attention.
Large gatherings aren’t currently able to take place as the government takes drastic action to try and slow the spread of the virus. This includes weddings.
But this doesn’t prevent couples from planning for their big day, whether it’s intended to take place on a much smaller scale during the pandemic or once the madness is over. In this blog post, Wedding Suppliers shares tips for engaged couples currently planning their wedding amid the coronavirus crisis.
Tip 1 – Strip back your guest list
Although your wedding could be months down the line, it’s important to consider the current restrictions when planning your big day. Although the severe measures currently in place are likely to be lifted, the effects of COVID-19 could linger for some time.
With the spread of the virus known to be worse in large gatherings, it might be worth reassessing your guest list. You may even be forced to hold the ceremony with just those you’re self-isolating with, or bringing in the rest of the guests via video conferencing!
Tip 2 – Hold your wedding closer to home
Although your dream might be to have a destination wedding or hold your ceremony in a different part of the country, this isn’t a wise move given the current circumstances.
With all non-essential travel banned, many couples who want to get married ASAP have taken to holding their wedding in their living rooms and back gardens.
If your wedding is still a few months away, you may want to consider moving it closer to home just in case.
Tip 3 – Make hygiene a priority
Once weddings are back in full swing, this is something that venues and suppliers will take extremely seriously. However, you can never be too safe.
Providing hand sanitizer and signs reminding people to wash their hands regularly may seem like a strange addition to your wedding ‘to do’ list, but it could help keep you and your guests safe.
Tip 4 – Coordinate closely with your suppliers
Coming out the other side of a global pandemic that has caused a halt to the wedding and events industry, your suppliers need you to be understanding.
Suppliers will likely be pushed to maximum capacity once weddings can resume, with pre-booked dates and rescheduling clients to cater for.
Communication is key here—keeping in touch with your suppliers about progress and the details of your big day will make their lives a lot easier.
Tip 5 – Take out wedding insurance
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that you can never predict what’s round the corner. This is why wedding insurance that covered your big day is vital.
Although many wedding insurance providers have currently ceased offering new contracts while they attend to their current policy holders, it’s important that you take out a policy as soon as possible.
Although—as coronavirus has shown—wedding insurers do not cover everything, they do ensure your purchases are safe in most instances.
Tip 6 – Do everything further in advance
If you’re planning a wedding at any time, preparation is key. But if you’re planning your big day in the current climate, getting organised and booking your suppliers well in advance is a must.
With spring weddings postponed, many brides and grooms-to-be are hoping to reschedule, meaning there will be a lot more demand for the end of 2020 and the whole of 2021.
If you’re yet to book key aspects of your wedding, like the venue and catering, it’s worth doing so sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Likewise, increased demand and supply chain issues are putting pressure on bridal dress shops, so wedding dress orders should also be placed as soon as possible.
Use Wedding Suppliers
If you’re still searching for the perfect place to say ‘I do’ or need to source the suppliers that can help add the finishing touches to your big day, choose Wedding Suppliers.
With all the top-rated suppliers in Ireland available for booking in one place, finding the right team for your wedding day couldn’t be easier. For added convenience, why not download the free Wedding Suppliers mobile app, available on Google Play and iTunes?