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Many brides and grooms are feeling like the pandemic is in the rearview and we hope so too. It's time to get out, get hitched and breathe the air. That said, there are still some hoops you'll need to remember to jump through since everything went sideways last year. Here are the top things to keep in mind as you plan your post Covid wedding day.
Secure Your Vendors
You are not the only one who postposed your wedding, so make sure that you get contracts in place for all of your vendors now. Most especially, consider a wedding planner and book him or her first. Wedding planners take the stress level down and can coordinate the unpredictable. It's what they do for a living. Last year taught us that we have to be nimble, so get a planner and/or get those vendors locked down for your date.
Keep Guests in the Loop
Everyone has lost the plot on what's next on planet earth, you know? Re-opening may be as confusing as locking down was 15 months ago. Date changes, location shifts and other alteration to your wedding will affect your guests too. Make sure that your guests know. Don't assume that just because they love you, they've kept up. They're busy trying to kickstart their lives as well. Keep everyone informed.
Check in with Vendors Consistently
Just as you read your contracts carefully, make sure that each of your vendors knows the restrictions and rules that will be in place for your wedding. Those in hospitality are still juggling what we can and cannot do and there needs to be compliance. Again, don't assume that vendors automatically know the details just because they are in the wedding business. Go over the rules with your caterer, band, decorators, bartenders, and everyone else involved directly.
Consider Your Guest List
Not everyone will be vaccinated or have a high tolerance for risk. Consider a hybrid wedding where some can Zoom or Skype in to and others can gather responsibly to celebrate with you. Some receptions are planned as rotating groups of guests who come through in :30 minute increments to eat, drink, toast and dance and then move on.
Coordinate Venue's Covid Restrictions
Finally, and most importantly, make sure you are completely clear on all the restrictions and rules yourself and that everyone involved not only knows but can choose clever ways to work within those guidelines. Not every restriction is a "NO" or a "Don't." There are opportunities to try a new way of serving, dancing, gathering and celebrating and we promise that wedding pros have spent the last year navigating and still being creative.
Enjoy your day! Yes, it's possible and it's what everyone wants for you. CELEBRATE!