When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, every detail seems to matter. And with the coronavirus pandemic still upon us, the wedding industry has been turned temporarily upside-down. However, we don’t recommend sitting there, freaking out and feeling that all is lost—because it isn’t. If plan A isn’t available, then you can move on to plan B. And we’re here to share some excellent tips for a beautiful wedding during these difficult times.
Keep reading for our top tips on planning the ultimate COVID-19 wedding.
Love Will Find a Way
If your daughter has her heart set on a wedding in the near future, then go with it. You can make it happen thanks to the advances in our high-tech world. A lot of brides and grooms have found that an intimate, livestream wedding is a modern, and memorable way to say “I do” without skipping a beat.
You have a choice of several free livestreaming services, like Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube Live, for example. There are also apps that can be used by your officiant to get a marriage license electronically and perform the ceremony the same day. And these apps are available for couples in both the domestic United States and worldwide.
To see what a LiveStream wedding can look like, check out WebWedMobile.com.
For many couples, nothing can keep them from marrying the loves of their lives as soon as possible—not even a global pandemic. A livestream wedding has become a great wedding alternative and that appeals to couples around the globe.
Planning During Quarantine
You are still in control, despite being in lockdown. And you can continue planning your daughter’s gorgeous wedding in the comfort of your home. Best of all, you can relax and lounge around in your sweats while you do it.
For example, the wedding venue is a big deal for many couples, and you can start by getting cozy on the couch while scoping out some amazing locations online.
Use your imagination. Maybe your daughter would be excited for her nuptials to take place in an intimate backyard wedding, a beautiful barn in the countryside, or a large industrial space that’s uniquely contemporary.
Of course, you will have to see which locations are still available to use during this time. And even though it’s likely that the only wedding guests that can come will be immediate family members, it’s still a good idea to have options.
Wherever your daughter would like to tie the knot, you can hunt down the must-have venue. HereComesTheGuide.com is one online resource that helps you find the perfect spot by area, guest count, budget, etc.
Ensure you can find comfortable, clean, and safe options for all to celebrate. Keep in mind, you might have to end up canceling your caterer or skip out on the decorating team. And if that’s the case, ask family members if they can contribute food or help make decorations. Or you can call restaurants and businesses in your area to see what services they can provide.
And if you don’t have time to plan any of this, consider hiring a wedding planner in your area. Bonus: It’s a fantastic way to support your local economy.
Dress Shopping—Virtual Appointment
Your daughter will definitely have her opinions when it comes to finding “the one.” Her wedding dress is the star of the show, and she can begin searching for the perfect style online now.
Some bridal boutiques are offering virtual one-on-one appointments with a live video call. The bridal stylist will talk her through, giving suggestions and professional advice, like how to take your measurements at home, what unique bridal jewelry will accent the dress she chooses, what undergarments to wear with any particular dress, etc.
If you’re on a tight budget, take the affordable route by looking for dresses that have an online discount or make an online appointment with a department store. Or you can choose to do the dress shopping yourselves by scrolling through your favorite department store websites.
And if you live far from your daughter, you can video chat or talk on the phone while you search the sites. You can even have other friends or family members join in. (One of our very own editors did a Skype wedding dress shopping session with her mom and sister in preparation for her sister’s wedding with great success. And this was back in 2017, when the only thing keeping them apart was home addresses in different states rather than a pandemic.)
It’s the next best thing to sharing this milestone moment together in person.
Not sure where to start in terms of style? Minimalistic wedding dresses, for instance, have become popular during COVID-19 wedding planning, and adornments like beading, lacing, and embellishments have taken a back seat.
For inspiration, the late Carolyn Bessette married John Kennedy Jr. (Sept. 1996) in a simple yet stunning, bias-cut silk crepe wedding dress complete with sheer, opera-length gloves. Royal brides in recent years have taken the cue and also wed in simple, elegant styles.
But the most important thing is that your daughter feels beautiful in whatever she’s wearing, whether that’s a simple dress, an elaborate princess ballgown, or a classy suit.
Consider a Weekday Wedding
Stay positive, and instill that attitude in your daughter. If 2020 is the year she wants to walk down the aisle, then get a bit creative and be flexible. Select a weekday if you have to, and keep your wedding within the 2020 calendar year if you can, says leading photographer Jose Villa.
Scheduling a weekday wedding with your immediate family can help you save money at your venue, and it might be a better option for rescheduling if your venue is booked up on weekends. Plus, your friends can take a quick work-from-home break to watch your livestreamed wedding!
We’re all sailing in uncharted waters, but tweaking your wedding plans is a way to remain in control and to plan spectacular nuptials. If you choose a weekday wedding, you have an advantage because you get to stick with your original wedding plans as closely as possible. You’re just changing the day of the week to say “I do.”
Vendors are trying to make it work and accommodate couples. They realize that we’re all in this together.
Okay, no one expected this turn of events, but we’re all coping, counting our blessings, and letting love be our guide. We understand how important the perfect wedding day is for your daughter, and together you can still achieve it by using creativity, online resources, and a modern perspective about marriage. Stay optimistic, keep calm, and hang in there.
Do you have any tips for planning a wedding during these tough times? Let us know in the comments below!
Need to plan a bridal shower during COVID-19? Check out our guide to planning the ultimate virtual bridal shower here!
About the Author
Amy Sloane is an alum from Oregon State University and spends her free time as a freelance writer and knitting enthusiast. Amy loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Molly.