It goes without saying that COVID messed up plenty of plans in 2020 and this looks set to continue in 2021.
For brides and grooms with plans to get married in 2020, many have rescheduled their nuptials to 2021. However, there is still no real certainty as to what restrictions will be in place over the next year. With tools on our sides like having a COVID test in London or further afield, it is possible. Planning a wedding in COVID times is difficult – but not an insurmountable problem.
Here, we look at what you can do to plan the wedding of your dreams without stressing yourself out.
Planning a wedding in COVID times
Keeping the following ideas in mind will help navigate you through the minefield of planning a wedding in COVID times.
A great deal of the stress around COVID comes from not knowing who has the virus and who doesn’t. Consider having your guests tested, therefore, before arriving at your wedding. Doing so will give you some peace of mind that you are not creating a small virus hotspot where many of your nearest and dearest catch the disease.
There are several different types available now and in many different locations. It can be tempting to choose a rapid test that can produce results in under half an hour. However, the results are not always deemed as accurate, which can cause concern.
Instead, asking guests to have a PCR test 2 days before arriving at your wedding can give the assurance that there are no asymptomatic COVID cases on your big day.
Be aware of travel restrictions when planning your big day, as travel restrictions can affect where you plan to get married. That is because, in times of severe lockdown, you may not be able to travel far to your ceremony. Or, it could be that a number of your guests cannot attend as travel outside of a local area – or in between tiers – is not allowed.
Even before COVID, buying wedding insurance against any unforeseen illness or issues with suppliers was a good idea. It really did help protect couples from incurring big losses given the amount that a wedding day can cost.
Now, during the pandemic, that is even more so the case. It could be that one of your wedding party becomes ill so that your day cannot go ahead as planned – or any manner of other COVID related issues. Insurance will mitigate against any financial impact that those issues can cause.
However, not all insurers will automatically protect against COVID issues – so make sure that you buy a policy with a provider that has robust COVID causes in place.
Communicate with your suppliers throughout your countdown to your wedding. Doing so will help smooth out any problems that may arise due to updated COVID restrictions or perhaps issues down to staff absences and illness.
Before you sign a contract with them, ask your supplier what their approach to providing a service during the pandemic is. Ensure that you fully understand what procedures they have in place to circumnavigate any issues that it causes. Then, before signing that contract, make sure that you are happy that those procedures are robust enough to minimize the chance of anything going wrong before your wedding or on the big day itself.
In the UK’s first lockdown, weddings were banned entirely. However, in the most recent lockdown of 2021, guest numbers can vary depending on which part of the UK you are in.
It is probably a good idea to bear in mind ways that you can minimize the chances of COVID wreaking havoc on your wedding day. Choosing a venue close to where you live is one of them, but having smaller guest numbers is also helpful.
It will mean that the chances of having a COVID positive test beforehand are lowered. It also means that you won’t have to be forced to make any difficult decisions should national restrictions come into force that limits the number of people allowed to attend a wedding.
Finally, one of the best things you can do to plan a wedding in COVID times is to have a contingency plan in place. Think about what you will do if your wedding day can’t or doesn’t take place as you had planned.
The feeling of uncertainty and not knowing what will happen can be stressful. To diminish or eradicate that stress, know what you would do if all weddings were to be banned just before your big day. Could you try to rush it a day or two earlier to push it through? Would you want to?
By planning for the worst, you’ll give yourself a great deal of confidence to make plans you want to go ahead with, as you will know what you will do in the worst-case scenario. This also makes any sudden changes in Covid-regulations less frightening, as your back-up plan will be sorted.
Having a wedding in COVID times – key takeaways
Remember, this is your day – while things may be a bit more troublesome than usual, the main thing is that you are happy and you get married. If you feel like you are making too many sacrifices because of the virus, consider delaying your wedding for as long as possible. Doing so will help give you a little more certainty as we move into a time where more people are vaccinated, where families can mix more, and where you can have the day you’ve always dreamed of.
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