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Six things to know when planning your wedding during the pandemic

 Couples are now able to plan their wedding ceremonies (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected so many areas of our everyday lives. Kids stayed out of school for months as did the adults and now that we’ve started moving around again, we have to wash and sanitize our hands everywhere we go and there’s an underlying fear of getting sick.

Although things have changed, we have learnt how to accept the ‘new normal.’ There is a lot going on, but life has to continue either way.

At the onset of the pandemic, it was hard to hold any ceremony or get together. In fact, strict measures were set to stop the spread of the virus. 

But right now, things have opened up a little. There is some hope especially if you have an important event like your wedding coming up. You’re free to have your ceremony as long as you understand some of the new guidelines you have to embrace.

Here’s a guide on essential things you should keep in mind when planning for your big day.

Prioritize hygiene supplies in your budget 

It can be difficult creating a budget for a wedding. You need to calculate how much you’ll need for the venue, the cake, your dress and so many other things.

During this season while the pandemic is still going on, one of the major priorities should be items like soap and sanitizer for you and the guests. You might even consider no contact machines that can automatically dispense the soap and sanitizer so that the risk of getting sick is greatly reduced.

 Opt for outdoor venues (Photo: Shutterstock)

Your guest list will be limited

There are strict regulations on the number of guests allowed during any social event.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to go through your invite list and select the few guests you’d want to attend. To avoid any compilations, invite the most important guests on your list.

At the same time, you might have to expect some guests to cancel for different reasons.

Outdoor venues are better

Try and settle on outdoor venues for your wedding. The open air will reduce the risk of infection after your wedding especially because there will be more than enough room for social distancing.

Do your research early and reserve your space to ensure you will be accommodated on the date you settle on.

Work with what you have

It’s much better to shop locally as compared to shipping wedding items from abroad. You want to avoid experiencing delays and cancelations at the most crucial times during the planning process.

Work with your planner and coordinate how you can creatively execute the wedding with what is locally available.

 Keep your guests in the loop in case of major changes (Photo: Shutterstock)

Communicate with your guests regularly

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, so many couples have had to postpone or even cancel their wedding plans.

You might have had your date set on a particular day only to realize that things might not work out exactly how you had planned. For that reason, you should make sure you keep your guests in the loop in case of major changes.

The other thing you should alert them on is the necessary protocols they’ll have to follow. Remind them that they will all be expected to get their temperature checked, wear masks and that they will need to wash or sanitize their hands once they arrive.

Be flexible

There are so many unexpected changes that could happen but don’t panic. Some vendors you hoped for might not be available on the date you want and some venues won’t be open.

What you can do is have a few back up plans. A great idea is to hire a wedding planner who has some experience in this field. They’ll help reduce some of the pressures of the planning process.

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