The wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to wed in 2020, congratulations! If you’ve had to postpone or are planning your big day for next year, then don’t panic. With some adjustments and preparation, you can have the perfect day.
One thing to remember is that 2021 is set to be one of the busiest years for the wedding industry, so don’t delay in getting things booked! There are a number of things you can do to make your special day as stress-free as possible.
Don’t get hung up on the most desirable dates
We all know that Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular dates for weddings, and the majority of these days will already be booked for next year. So, why not consider the other five days of the week! A lot of couples worry about asking their friends and family to take time off work, but if they’re given enough notice it shouldn’t be a problem.
By choosing a mid-week date, you may also find that your venue and other suppliers have cheaper prices too!
Beware of cancellation fees
Unfortunately, cancellation fees have stung a lot of couples this year and many weren’t protected. The details of any cancellation fees should be outlined in your contract, so make sure you read this thoroughly before you sign it. Thankfully, with the state of the landscape being what it is, many venues have been understanding and willing to be flexible. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry where cancellation fees are concerned.
Avoid destination weddings
With so many unknowns about travelling and restrictions in the future, it may be best to avoid taking your wedding across the waters. Due to the reduction in numbers for weddings over the past few months, many couples have opted for more local and UK destination weddings than ever before.
Trim your guest list early to be prepared
It can be an incredibly daunting thought to have to cut your guest list down, but it’s wise to have a handful of lists ready such as one for 15, 30, 50 and then your maximum number. People will be understanding when it comes to not making the guest list, especially during a global pandemic with restrictions in place. Generally, for the smaller numbers, you’d be looking at parents and siblings only, no plus ones and no children.
By having fewer people at your wedding, you may find that your overall budget will stretch further, meaning you may be able to pay for your wedding in one lump sum. Whether you ask the bank of mum and dad or look at other ways to settle the bill, make sure you look at all your financial options. You may also find you have the budget to spend on things you might not have been able to afford with a bigger wedding, such as larger flower arrangements or even a seven-course meal!