Getting married in 2020 proved challenging, but what will 2021 look like? Clients and wedding vendors alike are hopeful with the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, but how does that affect you and your future San Diego wedding planning? If there’s ever a time for a bit of guidance, it would be now. Scroll on for some timely tips for planning a wedding (and don’t forget to have a little happy dance to celebrate).
Tips for Planning a Wedding #1: Getting Engaged during Covid-19
The first and foremost of all tips for planning a wedding is pretty simple. Even if only for a few hours, take some much needed time to revel in all the amazing thoughts and feelings floating around you. Break out those champagne glasses you’ve never used, snuggle up next to the fireplace, or even grab a romantic dinner, just you two. Make a little engagement bubble so to speak, and focus on just being in the moment with each other. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for!
#2 Share the News
Once you’re ready to start letting the outside world in, it’s time to tell your parents first. If possible, see them face to face and let them join in on your excitement. If, for reasons of proximity, you’re unable to see your parents, a phone call is absolutely acceptable. This step is crucial- no parent wants social media to tell them about the joyous news before you. I know the excitement might be killing you, but you won’t regret telling your parents first. After your parents, who follows? Close friends and family, of course! Consider calling each person if they would be hurt finding out any other way. Put yourself in their shoes, how would you feel if the situation was reversed?
#3 Go Social
Go ahead, post that engagement ring on Instagram, or any social media at this point. I know you’ve already uploaded 4 different versions with the perfect filters that highlight your sparkly new friend. #ISAIDYES
#4 Insure Your Ring
It doesn’t matter if your newest addition to your jewelry collection is worth 5k or 50k. However, most couples forget to read over these mundane tips for planning a wedding checklist. Insuring your mate’s investment is incredibly important. Don’t assume that your current insurance policy will cover your engagement ring. Get your ring appraised by a certified gemologist. Unsure of where to go? Contact your jewelry store. Many homeowner’s or renter’s policies require an additional jewelry rider on top of your current policy. Once your sparkle is insured, you’ll be able to rest easy and really celebrate, I promise.
#5 Be Polite
Being polite is one of the most important tips for planning a wedding. Easier said than done, minding your manners and keeping yourself and your partner happy will be challenging. No sooner will you tell a friend you’re engaged, then they’ll hand over their mangled, trusted wedding planner with a small discussion on all the do’s and don’ts for your wedding. Be gracious. Say thank you.
#6 Set a Budget
Is your face stuck in your phone, “just-looking” on Pinterest? That’s wonderful! There are a ton of decisions to make down the road but do not waste your time searching for the perfect “XYZ” before you’ve spoken about the dreaded six-letter word- budget. It’s only after this conversation that you two can start planning how many guests you can afford to host and all the subsequent fun design-related details. If you’re considering throwing a small, more intimate affair, or even a micro wedding, check out this post for some great reasons why going small doesn’t have to be boring. The Knot also has a wonderful article that helps break down the basics for navigating this area of just engaged planning. Consider this the continuation of tips for planning a wedding. Happy planning!
#7 Stay Flexible
Are you considering getting married later this year when Covid restrictions are expected to lessen? 2021 might not be the best year to have your wedding, but it can be a good time to begin your San Diego wedding planning. However, if you would like to pursue a 2021 wedding make sure to get as much information as possible. Wedding vendors might be in short supply, and venues might not have ideal weekend dates. But if that’s not an issue, start planning asap.
If having a prime date and the best vendors is paramount for you two, then consider 2022. I cannot stress enough that your research should begin now. Each month of 2021 that goes without weddings will impact the following year. My best wedding advice here is to stay flexible. If all of this talk is just too much, consider asking for some professional help. We’re here for you!