You’ve been planning your wedding since you were twelve. You know the colors you want, have visioned the guest ceremony seats full, imagined running through the affectionate group of loved ones as you make your departure to begin the rest of your married life.
Then Covid-19 hit. The good news, we have an effective vaccine; but the uncertainty of when the population will reach the required percentage for herd immunity is concerning. Do you reschedule, postpone or elope? Or do you risk it and plan an all out shindig?
Perhaps, none of the options appeal. What about your dream wedding, just a scaled down version, a “mini- dream,” if you will – or what is commonly becoming known as a “micro-wedding.”
The bride below decided to do just that. She is stunning, and chose to dress in all her finery, but you can notice the empty pews in the right side of the photo.
Simple staging can give the illusion of a more full church. This couple had guests seated close to the center aisle with rows skipped; thus giving the illusion of a full church. This also helped with social distancing.
Remember…the ultimate goal is to be married to the person of your dreams. Yes it’s nice to have all the bells and whistles, but wedding plans, like life, can change in a heartbeat. Good to roll with whatever comes your way.
Check back next time for some tips on making changes to your wedding appear seamless.
It’s not news…the face of weddings has changed from 2019, largely due to COVID-19. Celebrations, not just weddings are smaller, more intimate, and in some ways…less.
Not only are we concerned about health related issues, but many of us are facing financial worries. Does this accept how you plan your wedding? You bet it does.
The powers that be are implying that we may be able to return to normal by the summer of 2021. I sure hope this is the case. But if you wish to be married in 2021, you are doing your planning NOW.
So what are the trends I am seeing with this in mind? Less food, for one. When you think about it, it makes sense. I am always disheartened when I’m at a wedding and I see how much food is wasted. Guests almost always consume the majority of wedding food during ‘Cocktail Hour.’ It’s not surprising, in the rush to get dressed in your wedding guest finery, make it to the church early, (as a good wedding guest should), often, there is no time to grab a meal. After the wedding, during ‘Cocktail Hour,’ we all tend to over-indulge. Then, when dinner is served, anywhere from one to two hours post ‘Cocktail Hour,’ no one is hungry.
Make sure, however, that you provide at least one chair per guest to rest and relax. Just because you won’t have a formal dinner doesn’t mean your guests don’t want a place to camp out for the reception and call their own. Above and below are some lovely decorating ideas. Enjoy!
Weddings going forward will be smaller. The dreaded novel Corona Virus is one reason, economics is another. Let’s face it, we probably won’t return to our normal lives for quite awhile. On top health concerns, many have lost jobs or are impacted economically. Does that mean couples will not want to marry? Of course not! We will just have to find creative, less expensive ways to go about it.
What are the two biggest costs of a wedding? …your caterer and venue. What about renting an” Air B n B” for your wedding party and ceremony? Not only could you hold your celebration at an “Air B n B” home, you could also stay there instead of a hotel. Disclaimer: you must be upfront with the owner and declare your intended use. Keep in mind, celebrations may not be allowed at some properties. Look at the beautiful property above. Beach front property! What a perfect location for a wedding AND a rehearsal dinner the night before. You may even want to consider a post wedding brunch the next day.
Doesn’t the above photo look cozy for an intimate affair? Oh! Your property doesn’t sport outside furniture?…easy to rent from a staging/event rental company. Once again, check with property owner to see if outside furniture is allowed.
Let’s talk caterers. This is probably your biggest cost. Who says you must have a formal sit down dinner? In my role as wedding planner, I see most guests fill up on food and drink at “Cocktail Hour” and only pick at the formal dinner. Everyone is just too full. What a waste! One can save money and still have a plentiful offering for your guests with heavy appetizers.
Just remember, there is no right or wrong for your wedding, just what you want for your special day.
With our ever-changing world, your wedding plans may have changed as well. Perhaps you have gone from a guest list of 250 to 50, or even smaller. Many weddings this 2020 season have been cancelled, rescheduled or postponed. This includes the weddings I have coordinated.
Has your vision of your wedding dress changed? Are you contemplating a more simple style, perhaps a shorter version? Well, first off, if you wish to wear an over the top dress…do it! This is YOUR day, there is no right or wrong. But… if are considering a shorter dress. I have some lovely options to share. Below is a tea-length gown. A tea-length gown is one that is not to the floor, but well below the knees. This is a nice compromise between a floor length gown and a shorter dress.
If I were a bride today, I think I’d choose a dress like the next one. This is a vintage 50’s era frock. I love the belted waist, the sweetheart neckline and the lace bodice. It checks off all my wishlist items.
Can’t make up your mind? Well the gown above gives you the best of both worlds, long in the back shorter in the front.
The best things about a shorter wedding gown? It is a perfect way to showcase some extra special wedding shoes. So if you do go with a shorter dress, consider some spectacular heels!
No matter what dress you choose, make sure you select a trusted family member or friend to take your wedding gown to a specialty clean/preserver. If you’re not taking a honeymoon right after your wedding, you can do this yourself. But remember, the care of your gown can’t wait. It should be done with in two to three days.