The world is now starting to open up again and more importantly, weddings are starting to take place again so there will be many people who are looking to organise their wedding now that lockdown restrictions are lifting. This past year has been very stressful for many couples and lots of people have had to postpone their special days to either 2021 or later. It’s been a very difficult time for everyone in the wedding industry and especially for those couples whose lives are currently on hold due to not being able to get married and start the next chapter of their lives. Organisation is key when you are looking to plan your post-lockdown wedding and we have put together some of our top tips to ensure that you are super organised for your big day.
Many couples were forced to cut their number of guests down to only 15 people for those weddings that could go ahead in 2020; however some have used this to their advantage. This is something that you may want to continue and adopt after lockdown and it will cut your overall budget allowing you to spend money in other areas.
Create a spreadsheet
This is one of the most important things you can do when you are starting to plan your day, and also something that will help you when you are sorting your budget and will help you keep track of your spending. Being organised is a priority when you are planning your post-lockdown wedding and keeping organised with your spending is something that is crucial. Creating a spreadsheet and keeping track of everything you spend money on for your day will help you to see what things you still need to plan for your day. You will need to sit down with your partner to chat about how much you are going to allocate to your wedding day.
Organise the important things early
If you want to be organised for your big day then planning things early will help to ensure that you don’t miss anything important. It’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of all the most important things that you need to organise for your day. These might include booking your venue, looking for your wedding dress, booking your honeymoon, organising the wedding stationary and buying your wedding rings. There are many more aspects of your day to organise, but these are just a few suggestions.
Incorporate some aspects from lockdown
This may seem like a strange concept, but you may want to incorporate some of the aspects from lockdown into your special day, such as reduced numbers or live streaming. This is something that many couples embraced in 2020 and is something that you can adopt for your post lockdown wedding. This may also be a good way to allow family or friends who can’t be there in person, to still feel part of the day. You can use platforms such as Zoom to send a live link out to your family members who are unable to attend.
Organising your suppliers
Many suppliers as well as venues will get booked early and will be in high demand especially through the Summer months. If there are specific suppliers that you want for your big day then it’s good to be organised and contact them before you decide on your wedding date, so that you can liaise with them to choose the best day that suits everyone.
Venue / Location
If you’ve had to postpone your wedding date or even been forced to look for an alternative venue, this might seem stressful at the moment, however you could use this to your advantage and use this time to research alternative venues. There are plenty of venues out there, from grand stately homes, to smaller and more intimate venues. The main thing to remember is that venues will get booked early and in advance so this needs to be the first thing that you book.
Being stuck in lockdown may have brought out your creative side with the extra time spent at home, so you could put this to good use for your wedding day! Why not get creative and make your own decorations or table centrepieces. All those little touches will mean even more, knowing that you made everything yourself and will also help with saving money and keeping to your budget.