Planning a wedding during a pandemic

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. For weeks and months you plan every detail from flowers and food to dresses and drinks. Hours, even days are spent working to make this day a magical, unforgettable day for you and your fiancé.




Then a worldwide pandemic hits. Everything stops. For months things are in limbo. Will things go back to “normal?” Or is there a “new normal?”

Planning a wedding during this time of mask-wearing and social distancing has added a layer of complication to the already sometimes overwhelming task of planning a wedding.


So what do you do now?


The first option can be to delay or postpone your wedding. Many brides and grooms-to-be simply do not want their Big Day to be anything less than what they imagined. So instead of changing or restructuring the proposed wedding date, they instead decide to wait a year. If this is a decision you are tackling it is imperative that you check with your venue and vendors as soon as possible to make sure they are available for your date change. You may have to compromise on something or even look for a new vendor if they are already booked, but it is better to find out early so you have plenty of time to find someone new.



Check with your venue and vendors as soon as possible.

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If you have waited long enough and are ready to get married now - congratulations!


Your wedding day will still be beautiful and memorable even in the midst of a pandemic. It is important to look at everything that has already been planned to see if it is still possible to be done during this unprecedented time. For example it would not be possible to have 250 guests inside a small church. But you could have 50 guests at an intimate outdoor ceremony.


Are you comfortable with your guests wearing masks? If any family is from out of state, are they still willing to travel? Will you be comfortable NOT hugging your guests? Can the reception be changed from buffet-style to table service?


There are lots of details to consider, but ultimately your wedding day is about you marrying the love of your life and starting a new chapter together. Talking candidly with your fiancé, family and guests will help keep everyone on the same page. Having a sense of humor will also aid in decreasing stress. There is so much of this situation that is out of our control, but showing love, patience and compassion will start you and your partner out on the right foot for a long and happy marriage!


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Carolyn has 20 years of planning experience, and is a member of The Knot, WeddingWire Pro, and Association of Bridal Consultants and is an active board member of Hillsdale County's CAPA Ball.

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