Ann's Top Wedding Planning Tips
As I am writing this, we have just completed the 2020 season when most weddings were pushed back a year, and we are now in the busy wedding planning season of early '21. This advice is based upon our current strange times and my best predictions for the coming year.
Choose your date thoughtfully. You may think this goes without saying, what I am talking about of is choosing when you want to get married based upon your priorities. If your main concern is simply making it official, and you're rather flexible in your plans (or even open to an elopement), you might be comfortable setting a date in the near future. If you have your heart set on your 200 person guest list at a specific indoor venue and no plans of compromising, I'd recommend looking much further into the future (like 2022) to avoid the possibility of having to reschedule.
Once you're committed to your date, commit to all of your vendors. This year is still weird, ladies! In the past, it would be normal to book a lot of your smaller vendors in the final 6 months before the wedding. Today, with so many postponements, a lot of in demand vendors already have much of 2021 booked up due to postponements. You don't want to miss out!
Know your vendors' covid/rescheduling policies. While postponing (especially multiple times) is likely to come with some added fees, it's important to know that your vendors are offering you some flexibility and that you have in writing exactly what this will look like.
Don't let face masks be an after thought! We've been wearing them for almost a year now, so it's safe to say that it's no longer realistic to think that they are just going to go away over night. I've seen a lot of beautiful bridal and bridal party masks often made from the same fabric as the wedding gown. Some alterations specialists are making them from the fabric that is left over when hems need to be shortened. You may even want to consider themed reusable masks for all of your guests. Also, I highly recommend (especially for bridal parties) to keep a handful of tissues in your clutch! We all know what a mess it can be when you put a face mask over your makeup, especially if you wear a bold lip color and need to remove and put your mask back on a handful of times. If you place a fresh tissue inside your mask each time you put it on, you can avoid leaving makeup in your mask and also getting lipstick on your face!
Happy Wedding Planning!