We know that many couples have had to sacrifice their initial wedding plans in 2020. With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine you may be wondering, will I be able to have a big wedding this summer? We reached out to one of the newest merchants to join Rakuten.ca, WeddingStar.ca, for their tips on managing your stress, and expectations when planning a 2021 wedding.
“Expect the unexpected” has been a reoccurring theme for 2020 and will most likely continue into 2021. Your wedding day may not be the day you dreamt of growing up but remember that the outcome will be the same – marriage to the love of your life. If you can make it through planning a wedding during a pandemic just imagine what else the two of you can make it through!
When planning your wedding have at least two options in mind: “Plan A” (the wedding you want without restrictions) and “Plan B” (the wedding with restrictions). This way, no matter what happens, you won’t be stressed and will be prepared for whatever may come your way.
Here are 5 tips to consider when planning your 2021 wedding:
Save the Dates
Include the season you intend to get married instead of the date in your “Save the Dates” and encourage your invitees to sign up for notifications on your wedding website. This way you can electronically update them on any changes to your planning process.
Invitations are expected to be mailed out 6-12 weeks before the big day. However, if you’ve already sent out a save the date you have the flexibility to send out the invitations at the 6-week mark when there’s more certainty around the date. This plan saves you from having to reorder invitations.
With a Plan B wedding you need to think about the guests you can’t get married without. This year we are seeing smaller bridal parties than in years past. You may need to downsize your ideal wedding party. But, it will help you avoid any awkward conversations with friends you may have to cut out of your Plan B guest list.
Pro tip: designate a person on your must-have (guest)list to organize a live feed of the wedding so that those who couldn’t make it can still be with you on your special day
When ordering personalized products think of how they can be used in a Plan A AND a Plan B wedding. Avoid noting the wedding date on items like table numbers, favour tags and menu cards. This way if the wedding date is moved, the items can still be of use.
When planning your Plan A and Plan B scenarios, ask your vendors what the latest 100% confirmation date is for their services. That will give you an idea of when you need to decide whether or not to move the wedding to a later date.
If venues are closed and you still want to celebrate with a small gathering (make sure to check the gathering rules and regulations from your local government) you can look at ideas for a backyard garden party and midafternoon luncheon. Simple sandwiches and light meals can easily be ordered on a rather shorter time frame from a local grocery store, deli or bakery.
For more advice on your big day, and to order favours, décor, stationery, and even masks, visit Rakuten.ca/weddingstar.