So you’re worried that your wedding won’t happen because of the pandemic. Think you’re out of options? Think again. You DO have options. You will have to change the paradigm of what you thought your wedding would be, but you can still get married, and do it well.
Elope. Seem old-fashioned? It is. An elopement is something our great-grandparents did. But you can do it with a few modern-day tweaks. Make sure you get your marriage license is obtained where you choose to get married. A courthouse is a good place to start. Call ahead and confirm hours have not changed due to our new reality.
Reschedule for a later date. This is disappointing and a lot of work. But if you’re looking for your dream wedding with no changes except the date, it’s your best bet. My concern? What is to insure you won’t be rescheduling again in six months?
If you go this route, talk to your venue and vendors about penalties, rebooking costs, and their availability.
Get married in a simple manner now, then hold a big party a year to year and a half from now. While not guaranteed to be trouble free, your new plans have less chance of interruption again.
A virtual wedding. WHAT? Yes, it’s a thing. This option, life anything else, takes planning.
- First, make sure your vendors are available.
- Next, inform your guests of the new date. I suggest doing this via email, or even better, an e-invite such as https://www.paperlesspost.com I’ve used this company for many occasions, and you can often select e-invites for free!
- Make sure you have whatever tech gear you may need.
- Choose the platform you wish to use. A quick google search will give you options.
- Make sure all your ducks are in a row. Have you decorated as you wish? Are you wedding clothes ready?
- Say, “I Do!”
Check your state’s requirements for virtual weddings, While virtual weddings are a way to allow guests to view your wedding who can’t attend, your state most likely will require your officiant to be physically present, as well as witnesses.
My Mom and Dad were early adapters. Here they are viewing my oldest’s wedding in New England from the comfort of their home in California.
Wedding Bouquet, giant or smaller?
I’ve noticed a trend lately. Brides are choosing larger bouquets.
I’m going to be honest…it’s not my first choice. I don’t think they’re flattering in either photos or the bride. Note the photo above. We can not even see the bride’s waist. I have an inking she did her best to present a trim silhouette, but we can’t see it.
Exceptions? When you are close to six feet tall and are getting married in a venue such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To whom am I referencing? Well, Lady Diana Spencer, of course. Her wedding ensemble warranted a gigantic bouquet. It was part of the costume.
Note the bouquets carried by her daughters-in-law above. I think they are much more flattering. We as guests, or at least the viewing public, are able to see the brides’ dresses. A bride still has something to do with her hands by carrying a smaller bouquet, but is not overwhelmed. The eye is able to focus on the important things: the dress, hair, accessories, not just the flowers. Another upside? Large bouquets are HEAVY! And…they are more expensive.
I am not advocating skimping on wedding flowers. They are an extremely important part of your wedding decor; perhaps just not one you have to tote around and pose with in your formal photos.
Wow! Check out the floral above! That is spectacular. You can go big without making your florals part of your personal flowers.
Another favorite of mine? A splash of color in the bride’s bouquet, and white flowers for the bridesmaids. With this model, both styles of bouquets pop in photos.
But remember…it’s YOUR wedding; so what is correct is what YOU like…not me, not your mother, your bridesmaids, or your florist….YOU. Enjoy all the planning.
What will you do with your flowers after your wedding’s over? They are so beautiful AND expensive. Well, there are three options:
- Send them home with family and friends at the end of the night.
2. Donate them to a nursing home or your local church. This is a lovely idea, but be advised it creates its own set of complications. Many venues insist you completely vacate their site the night of the event. Who will pick up the blooms?
3. Consider “Flower Sharing”. What is this? You may ask. Well, read below and find out. Description taken directly from one company’s website. I have never used this company, so can not vouch for them. Sounds like a great option, however!
Want traditional, tall centerpieces or low, rustic centerpieces with lush greenery? We have the right florist for you. Browse our florists’ past work and reviews to find your favorite florist.
Now that you’ve chosen the florist(s) you’re interested in, it’s time to get down to the details and receive a quote.
Make it official with your florist! Pay your florist directly, just like usual.
We’ll take it from here! While you enjoy the rest of your planning, we’ll list your centerpieces on our website to be reused. When they are, we’ll send you 10% back to say thank you for sharing and your florist will return to pick up the flowers after your event.
Choose to reuse fresh floral centerpieces
Want to save 40-60% off traditional pricing? Enter your event date and location to see which flowers are available to reuse in your area.
Now that you’ve decided which flowers you want to reuse, you work with the florist who’s creating them for all of your additional floral needs. Want to make minor changes, like adding a new flower or pop of color? Let your florist know.
Pay your florist directly and save 40-60% off your reused centerpieces. The exact amount is dependent on your florist and logistics. Your florist will deliver and set up your flowers as usual.
Would you want any of these terrific arrangements to just be ‘thrown out?’
I would never suggest “sharing your bouquet” however. That you should definitely keep! If you’d like to learn how to preserve your bouquet… click HERE !
The Bundtini… there’s a new wedding trend in town, and you’re going to love it! This heads up is from my lovely niece who is getting married in November. I’m not saying this is her choice…there are so many options to choose from…
So…what is a “Bundtini”? It’s a mini bundt cake. Just like cupcakes, you can serve them to your guests in varying flavors and icings. And just like the traditional, “cutting cake,” the bride and groom can have a larger “Bundt Cake” to “cut”. This makes for a great photo opp, and gives the wedding couple a touch of tradition that their parents and grandparents may have had.
Would you like to freeze your “Cutting Bundt Cake”? Well click on the link following and you will be directed to a previous blog post to read how to preserve your cake. Preserving Your Wedding Cake
i love the mini-cake above. My mouth is watering just looking at it.
I honestly think if I saw the extravagant display above, I’d have to indulge in more than one “bundtini”… how about you?
The bride from the wedding above was wise to choose different colored cakes. It lends quite the festive air.
And remember, you can dress up your “Bundt Cutting Cake” with flowers or a cake topper like the one above.
Always a good idea to share with your guests what delicacies they’re enjoying. This chalkboard sign above does the trick while being relatively inexpensive. And remember, if you’re thoughtful enough to have gluten-free or vegan options, make sure your guests know which cakes they are. Wise to set those items a little away from the other goodies.
Will you decide to freeze your cake topper? Then you better know how to defrost it! Click on the following link to read the blog post How to defrost your wedding cake