In the first run of COVID, many couples had planned their weddings beforehand. The majority of them scaled-down or rescheduled, sometimes for months on end!
However, even about two years later, we are still working from home and wearing masks wherever we go. But a virus can’t stop love.
As new couples get engaged, it’s tricky to come up with the right move. Do you host a downsized ceremony? Do you wait for everyone to get vaccinated? Or… do you just elope?
Good news! You don’t need to do any of that! Here are 5 ways on how to plan your wedding
during the pandemic that won’t cut down on the glitz and glamour of the happiest day of your
1. Pick a Date
Have an open mind! We strongly suggest that you consider having your wedding on a weekday. Why? Because in these times, wedding dates that are on weekends, auspicious dates, or special days can be difficult to nail down.
This difficulty may further be raised this year due to the downpour of postponed weddings from 2020 and mid-2021.
All in all, it is best to choose the closest date you can get. As several different considerations come into play – dates, availability of venue, availability of friends and family members, etc. Being flexible with the wedding date is key to successfully planning a wedding in these trying times.
We certainly expect a surge in weddings to be held in 2022 and 2023 when the wedding industry will begin to resume as normal after people are fully vaccinated. So, pick a date as soon as you can!
2. Pick a Venue
As COVID doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, we have to adhere to the social distancing rules. For that, outdoor weddings would be a good choice!
Not only would such weddings comply with the pandemic dos and don’ts, but they will also let you have panoramic views that you just can’t get enough of, making the perfect backdrop!
Here are our top 8 suggestions for outdoor weddings to make your big day and bridal vows a unique experience:
- Tanarimba, Janda Baik – A breathtaking destination nestled between gorgeous hills.
- The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak – Mother Nature’s magnificence at its peak.
- Gita Bayu, Seri Kembangan– Lakeside venue enveloped by refreshing greenery.
- Rowan & Parsley, Johor Bahru– Your cheerful and easy-on-the-pocket getaway garden.
- Tamarind Springs, Ampang– Visually and aesthetically-pleasing outdoor wedding destination.
- Puncak Dani, Genting– A hidden gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
- Cove 55, Kuching– The ocean on one side, and mountains on the other. What more can you ask for?
- Sunlight Suite, Cameron Highlands– A vivid outdoor venue away from the city.
If these outdoor venues don’t suit your tastes and concerns regarding social distancing/health protocols, you can tie the knot in your own home or garden too!
Talk to us if you need help to style and entirely transform your home into a perfect wedding venue! We would be pleased to help you achieve your vision.
3. Talk To Your Vendors
Get in touch with the vendors of your choice to discuss several important considerations such as the date and venue availability, latest developments on government directives regarding pandemic protocols, requirements on the wedding day, etc.
We recommend that you book your venue the first chance you get because around 2020 and mid-2021 weddings are being rescheduled into late-2021 and early-2022. Without a doubt, the near future will be a busy season for vendors, who will be booked to the brim in advance.
That said, before you jump into booking a vendor of your choice, thoroughly understand the respective contract details. Every contract is different. Make sure you fully understand and agree to the specific rescheduling, cancelation, and refund policies of your agreement.
4. Manage Guest List
In the current circumstances, a downsized guest list is the way to go.
The major benefit is that a managed guest list will comply with the pandemic guidelines. To avoid any legal hassles, consider letting some people go from your guest list. By doing so, you get to have just your near and dear ones on your special day!
Last but not least, in fact, this is the best tip we have for you – plan your budget!
Be wise. Budget planning is immensely important and must be done as the first step. Meaning you should plan your budget prior to booking any vendors or signing any contracts.
When it comes to finances, be real with yourself. Make out the level of your financial comfort and estimate the wedding expenses by taking into consideration the possibility of paying commissions and layoffs.
The most dependable way to go about your wedding budget planning is listing down your priorities first. What seems the most important to you? Is it the location of your wedding? The guests’ experience? Food?
Furthermore, ask yourself what can be taken out? What are the essentials? Here’s a pro-tip: Make use of a wedding budget calculator online – there are plenty of them just a Google search away!
Also, a common problem many couples face while planning their wedding budget is choosing between canceling or rescheduling, in case unforeseen factors arise. We have the solution: postpone!
Cancelation will cost much more than rescheduling your wedding. The contracts of most vendors explicitly state that in the event of cancelation, many specific deposits will not be refundable.
The Key Takeaway
The wedding industry has taken an enormous toll since the pandemic hit. However, the ever-adaptive wedding industry has introduced a number of changes not only in the way couples host their weddings, but also in how the respective businesses and companies work throughout the planning process.
We hope that with a higher vaccination rate, our country keeps taking steps in the right direction towards achieving herd immunity, and weddings can resume as usual again.
If you’re looking to spice up your wedding, our wedding decor is uniquely tailored for customers based on your theme preferences. References and proposals are given based on the latest wedding trend. Since the pandemic causes guest lists to significantly reduce, hence, we will offer extremely personalised details for small, intimate weddings. Book your next appointment with us today and let us make your wedding a memorable one!