June 9, 2021
Post COVID wedding planning. The last year and a half have been a rollercoaster ride… Planning a wedding is complicated enough without having a global pandemic thrown into the mix.
Now that the UK’s coronavirus vaccination programme has been rolled out, with – according to latest government statistics – over forty million people* (75% of the UK’s adult population) having received at least one dose, the light at the end of the very long COVID pandemic tunnel suddenly seems to be shining a lot more brightly.
We already have a busy calendar full of bookings for parties, celebrations and, yes, weddings for this summer. But despite the optimism (in which we share), there are some compelling reasons for considering postponing your wedding – or at least the celebration – that we thought that we would share and discuss with you in this weeks blog:
Why should you consider delaying your wedding?
Whilst large weddings and wedding receptions are still possible in 2021, there are lots of reasons for considering moving your wedding plans to the latter part of the year, or even into 2022.
We’ve spent a lot of time listening and adhering to government advice about social and physical distancing; It’s therefore inevitable that it will be difficult for some people to feel completely at ease attending large gatherings.
The vaccination programme is working, but with variants and mutations rearing their heads and featuring heavily in the news, it’s completely understandable that some – particularly older – relatives, friends and family members may not quite feel ready to socialise in large groups just yet.
If you want to ensure that all of your nearest and dearest are comfortable, happy and able to attend your post COVID wedding, then waiting a little longer to tie the knot is probably a good idea.
Supplier and venue availability
Unless you have already secured a date with your preferred venue, caterers, entertainers, bar suppliers, photographer, florists and so on… you are likely to discover that there’s a lot of competition for their services.
Many weddings, parties and other celebrations, originally planned for 2020, have been pushed back into 2021. This means that many of the years top dates have already been snapped up well in advance. Pent up demand means that wedding and event suppliers, from the top tier down, are finding themselves busier than ever.
One thing that we know for certain is that compromising on the quality of your suppliers isn’t a great idea. Rather than building a wedding full of a second rate options, it might be better to push things back a little.
You might have to include a nod to COVID…
If you do choose to hold your post COVID wedding this year then there’s still a possibility that some restrictions could be in place. It could be as simple as a requirement to wear masks – other than when dining – or it could even mean a last-minute limitation on guest numbers being imposed.
However, whether restrictions continue or not, it’s likely that you’ll need to acknowledge the elephant in the room; the rather nasty, mutating, omnipresent elephant that is Coronavirus.
There are, of course, lots of ways in which COVID related elements can be introduced in a fun way. How about putting little bottles of hand gel at each guests place setting? Adding Coronavirus related wedding favours to your day in this way will certainly make it an even more memorable occasion.
You may also need to consider having separate entrances and exits to your venue, multiple bars to avoid queues, more than one cloakroom plus additional toilet facilities.
If you’d rather that your wedding is all about you, your guests and a fantastic, restriction free celebration, then put COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror by pushing your date back.
What are my options?
You’re probably very excited about your wedding day, and rightly so! Also, you probably feel like you’ve waited long enough to say ‘I do’ to the love of your life. Postponing and delaying are options, but not the only ones. Below are a few ideas for you to consider when deciding whether to postpone or not, and if you do postpone – to when:
Get married now, celebrate later
Who says that the wedding and the celebrations have to take place on the same day? Who says that you can’t have two wedding days? Two parties?
These days, many people tie the knot with a small, intimate ceremony at a registry office, prior to having a full church or celebrant guided ceremony, days, weeks or even months later down the line.
Why not get married as planned and hold a small, intimate ceremony and party attended by your closest family and friends; and follow this up with a big, no expense spared celebration at a later date?
Consider a winter wedding?
If potential COVID restrictions aren’t of concern, but supplier and venue availability are, then consider holding your wedding in the winter.
A winter wedding can be spectacular – we’ve written about them many times before. Unless you look to hold your wedding very close to Christmas, or on New years eve, then there’s likely to be far less competition for the top suppliers too.
A winter wedding can be extremely memorable, for all the right reasons!
Why not have a read of this article featuring the winter wedding, held in a marquee, by one of our wonderful clients?
Start talking to suppliers now – and plan your wedding for 2022
It may seem a long way off, but many of the wedding and events industries top suppliers get booked up well in advance. With the pent-up demand and backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic, availability could be trickier than ever to find.
Start researching and talking to suppliers as soon as possible. If you have a date in mind, then tell them and ask them to give you first refusal. It costs nothing (but time and effort!) to plan ahead, and it will be well worth all the hard work in the long run.
Use our wedding coordination service
It has been a difficult time for everybody. As offices and other places of work gradually begin to reopen life is going to slowly return to normality and to its usual levels of busy-ness…
With the potential ongoing, COVID related, disruption for the short term future at least, it could be a lot simpler to engage the services of a wedding planner or coordinator. An experienced planer will know how to navigate the complexities of wedding planning and will have strong contacts with the best suppliers in the business; they’ll also have their finger on the pulse when it comes to COVID-19 and any potential problems and complexities that might arise as a result.
Talk to us about your post COVID wedding
Whether you’re looking to book something at the earliest opportunity, or planning your wedding for 2022 and beyond, we’re here to help.
We offer estimates over the telephone, plus no obligation site visits, quotes and floorplans for our wedding marquees. Contact us on 01372 459485 or email email@example.com
*Correct at time of publication