It’s a strange old time to be planning for the future. With travel, events and celebrations largely postponed, it’s hard to know how much planning to put into your wedding in case things can’t happen as you would like. Here are our top 5 tips for planning a wedding during Covid.
Tip 1 – Keep it Small
Consider planning a small wedding to take place in the next 6 months. Whilst numbers are currently restricted to 15, many couples are still booking weddings and we’ve hosted some beautiful intimate weddings in recent weeks. Many venues have availability between now and March as many of their larger bookings have moved into 2021 and there are some great packages and deals on small weddings.
By keeping it small it’s a chance to focus on the things that really matter – your love and a few close friends and family to celebrate with. It also helps keep the cost down and might mean you can afford the best of everything – your dream menu and champagne reception perhaps?
Here’s a link to our intimate wedding package and the latest government guidance
Tip 2 – Get Wedding Insurance
Wedding insurance is a bit of a minefield at the moment but it’s still worth considering taking it out. Although you’re unlikely to be covered in the event of a national lockdown, you may be able to get cover in case your suppliers are unable to carry out their services. Visit https://www.compareweddinginsurance.org.uk where you can see which insurers are currently offering new policies.
Tip 3 – Book Your Venue Now
Many venues will already be booked up for 2021 due to postponements from this year so you may need to consider a weekday wedding or plan further ahead for a 2022 or 2023 wedding.
https://www.weddingdates.co.uk is a venue listing site where you can search by the date you are looking for, as well as by style of venue. The Granary at Fawsley have a great listing on there, in case you were wondering!
Tip 4 – Supplier Communication
Ask your suppliers about COVID-19 policies if you were to book now and need to postpone down the line. Many will be happy to rearrange if needed but bear in mind that if they can’t accommodate your new date due it is fairly standard for any deposits you have paid to be non refundable. 2020 has been a really tough year for wedding suppliers so try to be kind and respect their terms and conditions, they are small businesses trying to stay afloat and pay their bills.
Tip 5 – Keep Calm and Carry On
Whilst it’s true that planning a wedding during a pandemic puts quite a few road blocks in the way, it’s important to keep perspective and remain calm. There are many things that you can’t control so try to remain open to change and try to have a Plan B in case you can’t have the big day you’d dreamed of. Many couples are opting for the ‘Marry Now, Party Later’ option, with their small ceremony this year and a big party in 2021. Keep in touch with your suppliers and guests throughout and enjoy the planning experience.
Remember, LOVE is not cancelled.