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Planning a Wedding During COVID-19

Let’s be honest – being stuck at home in self-isolation is probably not how you envisioned planning your wedding. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for so many engaged couples, and we totally get the disappointment you may be feeling as we all try to adjust to this new normal.

But on a positive note? There has never been a better time to plan a wedding from the comfort of your home. And in fact, this could be the perfect opportunity to smash out all of your wedding planning tasks in record time, and come out the other side of isolation with your entire day organised.

Brides and grooms-to-be: we want to assure you that planning your wedding from isolation doesn’t have to be daunting. Keep reading for our top tips on planning your wedding during COVID-19, and how you can work with your venues and suppliers to create something epic to look forward to on the other side.

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 tips
Image via About Time Co

Explore wedding venues with virtual tours

Booking a wedding venue is likely at the top of your to-do list – and thankfully, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t need to hold you back from exploring your dream location.  

Many wedding venues are now offering virtual video tours, and can walk you through their space via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. You can still ask questions and explore all of the different facilities inside and out, just as you would in person. Check out our amazing array of Tweed Coast wedding venues right here to get started.

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 tips
Image via Ivy Road Photography

Research your dream team of suppliers (and get chatting!)

2021 is shaping up to be one of the busiest years for weddings yet, and we’re already seeing a huge spike in enquiries. With this in mind, we suggest using your time in iso to research and book your dream team of suppliers to avoid missing out.

If you’re planning a wedding on the Tweed Coast, you can browse our handpicked directory of local wedding suppliers right here.  Simply register for a free account, use our “add to favourites” tool to narrow down your list, and get in touch with each supplier directly via their listing.

Remember, your wedding suppliers are also stuck in isolation right alongside you which means they’re ready and willing to chat through your wedding plans in detail. In light of this pandemic, you’ll find suppliers are more than happy to jump on the phone or schedule a video call to e-meet you and answer your questions. 

Working with your wedding suppliers virtually doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun stuff, either – stationery designers can still post you samples, bridal stores like Oscar & Ivy are offering “try on at home” services, and cake artists can send tasting boxes to your door. Have a chat with your wedding suppliers to see how you can work together to make the most out of wedding planning in isolation.

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 tips
Image via Figtree Wedding Photography

Find inspiration online

Being stuck at home in isolation means there is absolutely no judgement for spending an entire afternoon on Pinterest (in fact, we encourage it!). Use your time in iso to compile as much inspiration as possible, and start building a clear vision for your day. 

Spend some time browsing through local wedding blogs, saving your favourite images on social media, and setting up dedicated Pinterest boards for each element of your wedding. You can also browse our latest Real Weddings right here, and sort by venue and style to find relevant inspiration from across the Tweed Coast.

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 tipsImage via Figtree Wedding Photography

Stay connected

Finally, make an effort to stay connected with your loved ones during this time. Self-isolation can feel lonely, but that doesn’t mean you have to plan your wedding without any outside support. Start a Facebook chat with your bride tribe, schedule regular FaceTime dates with your loved ones, or join an online community to talk with like-minded couples.

Try to prioritise quality time with your fiance, too. While Saturday nights at your fave restaurant might be on hold for now, you can still make the most of your wedding planning experience in isolation together. Organise at-home date nights, sit down and write your wedding vows together, surprise each other with thoughtful gifts, or take a self-distancing stroll down to your favourite beach.

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 tips
Image via Pineapple Images

While this may be a weird and uncertain time, it shouldn’t dampen your excitement for your upcoming day. Because if there’s one thing we can promise? Your wedding is going to be all the more special (and filled with all of the good vibes!) on the other side of this crisis.

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