If wedding planning isn’t already stressful enough, try adding a global pandemic in the mix! By now in your wedding planning journey, you’ve probably laughed, cried, and shed some serious sweat. I know so many of you are faced with more difficult decisions than usual – not just in your everyday lives, but surrounding your wedding day and how you want to celebrate it.
Although things may look a little different during this planning process, I wanted to share with you a few ways to stay calm during this time and enjoy every step of your wedding planning process.
Be patient & prepared to change.
Having patience with yourself, your vendors, and on your wedding day will be key in planning a stress-free wedding. With the uncertainty of the pandemic, changes may come up during the planning process, and that’s ok. Be prepared and have backup plans to ease any anxiety of the unknown, and adopt a mindset based on appreciating what really matters to you throughout the journey.
Be prepared for some guests not to attend.
Wedding planning can be a bit more nerve-wracking for couples right now, but it’s important to acknowledge that the thought of attending a wedding may be stressful for guests too. Your friends and family may be facing weakened immune systems or may be trying to take extra precautions to social distance. Remind yourself that a decline in attendees is not at all personal during this time.
* PRO TIP: Host a live feed of your ceremony for guests who can’t attend, but who still want to be there in spirit for the celebration!
Communicate safety measures with your guests and wedding day team.
Keeping your team, guests, and bridal party informed of your safety measures and expectations will help your wedding day stay stress-free. Clearly communicate how you expect your guests and vendors to practice proper safety requirements.
* PRO TIP: Your vendor team and venue may already have set safety measures in place. Ask them their expectations and process upfront, so you are all on the same page.
Hire a wedding planner.
Ready for someone to just take the wheel? Hiring a wedding planner can eliminate so much stress while navigating wedding planning, especially the added complications of a pandemic. Your planner can not only help guide your vision, but communicate with vendors, coordinate changes or reschedules if they come up, and ensure safety measures are all taken into consideration for your day.
At the end of the day, the celebration of your first steps into marriage is about you and your love. No pandemic will take that away. That’s why my personal advice for keeping your wedding experience calm is to slow down, breathe, and appreciate each moment.
Looking for some more planning help? I’ve created a detailed planning checklist with specific advice for this Covid season, including some helpful resources to get you started on the right foot. Click here to get the checklist and save it to your phone and computer!
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