Christina is a proud wife, mother, entrepreneur, author and world traveler.
The novel coronavirus pandemic took the world by a storm. Almost all countries panicked, forcing governments to initiate measures aimed at guarding against the spread of the deadly virus. While some countries have managed to get back on their feet and resume normal activities, others are still struggling to deal with the virus through lockdowns and social distancing measures.
The wedding sector was greatly affected by the social distancing measures, which forced many couples to either work with the rules or postpone their weddings to a later date. The ban on social gatherings made it even harder for couples to tie the knot.
The reality is that COVID-19 is not going to last forever, although right now, it may seem like things aren’t going to normalize anytime soon. However, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Couples whose wedding plans were affected will have to find a way of moving on after COVID-19. Here are seven tips for couples who are still looking to get married.
1. Work on Your Wellbeing
Coronavirus has not only taken a toll on physical health but also emotional and mental health. Aside from straining people’s finances, COVID-19 has debilitated the wellbeing of many individuals. Postponing a wedding, to be precise, is not a walk in the park. Just imagine having to plan for that special day all year only for an unexpected visitor (coronavirus) to come and force you into canceling or postponing plans.
Many of the couples who chose to postpone or cancel their weddings have been affected mentally in one way or the other. Making plans only for them to end up failing is not something many would love to experience. And couples going through this should first work on their mental health and wellbeing before checking on anything else.
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2. Create a New Budget
Yes, you might have already planned everything initially and even had a working budget. However, due to this pandemic, things are likely to change. Thus, creating a new budget might make more sense and give you a better picture of how much you are most likely to spend.
Check on the wedding rings to ensure that they are still the same price as when you checked last. Similarly, check on the rates for other wedding requirements so that you can plan with ease.
3. Consider a Local Wedding
If you planned to travel outside the country for your wedding, it may be time to start reconsidering your options. Even though many governments have reopened their borders to allow citizens to travel, they still encourage people to avoid non-essential traveling. While a wedding is essential to you as a couple, you can still enjoy your time locally instead of going for a destination wedding outside the country.
4. Work on the Wedding Dress and Bridal Details
The bride is a crucial part of every wedding. Therefore, you must focus on the attire and detail needed for the wedding. Any variation out of the norm can ruin the wedding. Since some people prefer getting material from foreign countries, it is essential to make orders early so that you can avoid any delays that might affect the wedding. This is especially true since orders take a while post-COVID-19.
5. Check on Your Wedding Vendors
When searching for wedding vendors, it is essential to try and understand their terms and conditions regarding services. Since most of them have experienced a straining time due to the coronavirus pandemic, they might have changed their policies and other tiny details. Also, consider your budget when looking for the right wedding vendors. All of this information is important to help you plan.
6. Consider the Guest List
If you had already planned the wedding before COVID-19, the chances are that some guests forgot everything after the cancellation or postponement. There is always a chance that restrictions on travel may remain in some countries. Therefore, it is essential to carry out some research about this beforehand so that you can plan appropriately.
7. Create a Common Platform for Communication
Whether it is with your planning team, your guests, or even the service providers, try and ensure that you have a common ground for communication when planning the wedding now since meeting up may still be a challenge. This is to ensure that you have things rolling even as you await the D-day.