So you just got engaged (yay!) and you’re trying to plan your wedding amidst a global pandemic. Believe us, we get it. COVID-19 has thrown a lot of curveballs, especially when it comes to wedding planning.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed - just know, that’s okay. We’re here to help support you on your wedding day and beyond, and while things may not always go according to plan, your love story is what’s most important.
Need some tips to get started and stay organized while planning your COVID wedding? Keep on reading for some tips and tricks for planning your big day.
1. Get Organized
Whether you prefer using an excel spreadsheet, or you’re more of a pen and paper type of person, before you dive into researching and planning, find a place to keep all important information in one place. Your budget, vendors, guest list, etc.
2. Set Your Budget
Before you start researching vendors, set a budget for your wedding. Think through what you would like to spend on your big day, whether or not family will be contributing, and who will be responsible for paying the vendors. Keep in mind, this make take form in a few different conversations, but it’s important to start planning this early on to know what you’re working with. Your budget should take into consideration the time of year, location, number of guests, and so on.
3. Pick A Date
Choose a date or time frame for your wedding as soon as possible. Try to keep some flexibility in scheduling. For example, are you set on a June wedding? Keep in mind that summer is a busy time for the wedding industry, and you may need to go into it with a few different options for dates. Depending on how far out you are planning, you may want to check in with close family or friends to ensure they will be available.
4. Decide on your vision as a couple
Planning a rustic barn wedding? Maybe something bohemian and eclectic? Or a traditional church wedding? These are all things to think through as a couple before you start to narrow down your vendor search. While your family and friends may be involved, and have opinions, remember that this is YOUR day and your wedding should be a reflection of that.
5. Start to research vendors, and schedule a tour
Keep in mind with many couples postponing their wedding dates, vendors may be booking up quicker than normal. Once you settle on your budget, time frame, and vision, it’s time to start reaching out and selecting your wedding vendors. When choosing a venue, consider if you need to schedule an in-person tour, or if you are okay with doing a virtual walk through.
If you are getting married in Grand County, feel free to reach out to us, as we can refer you to some great, local, vendors we love to work with.
6. Ask about COVID cancellation policies
If you’re feeling worried about booking a vendor, and needing to cancel or postpone down the line, we understand. During these uncertain times, it’s normal to feel a little uneasy, especially when it comes to planning your wedding. Here at Strawberry Creek Ranch, we are here to support you and work with you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your vendors and ask about cancellation policies, even if it is just for peace of mind.
7. Research local guidelines
If you are on the fence about selecting a date for your wedding, consider looking into local guidelines to help make the best decision for you and your family. There may be things like capacity limitations or statewide restrictions. Keep in mind that this is a dynamic situation, and while things are changing on the daily, being informed will be helpful in the decision making process.
8. Make sure you have a good support system
Whether it’s your partner, a family member, another couple navigating planning a COVID wedding, or an online community. Having a support system to lean on throughout the process is so important - whether you are seeking advice, or just need a moment to vent.
We know that times are hard right now, but we hope that the above tips were helpful for you. Remember, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you get to marry the love of your life. We would love to have you here at the ranch, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.