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4 BIG ‘Wedding Planning During COVID-19’ Questions (And Answers) for Milwaukee Couples

Wedding planning normally comes with a thousand questions. Wedding planning during COVID-19 comes with a million! We understand that this is an extremely uncertain time for Milwaukee couples, and that the situation is always evolving. That’s why we’ve put together some answers to questions we hear, but with the disclaimer that it’s always best to check with your Milwaukee wedding venue and the local health departments for the latest information and guidelines.

What wedding planning can we do during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Fortunately, couples can do quite a bit of wedding planning during this time, because many Milwaukee venues, caterers, and vendor staff are available for meetings and venue tours. Plus, you may have extra down time!

The first step of wedding planning is to start by asking these important wedding planning questions with your fiancé. Your answers give direction to your wedding planning, and ensure that you are the same page about style, guest count, and budget.  

Fortunately, it’s also fairly easy and safe to contact wedding vendors during the pandemic. Many vendors are available for meetings, either in-person or virtually. You can also use any extra down time to research vendors online, or ask friends and family for recommendations for the best Milwaukee venues, caterers, and photographers.

You can also organize your wedding planning, and decide whether you’re going to use one of these wedding apps or wedding planning printables. It may seem like a small step in the wedding planning process, but it’s an important part of planning the wedding day of your dreams.

Are Milwaukee wedding venues scheduling tours?

Some of them are! 1451 Renaissance Place is currently scheduling tours, with certain precautions. This answer may change, depending on local regulations and guidelines. When touring a wedding venue, always ask to see these areas and ask these wedding venue questions.

Can we still hold our wedding?

The answer to this question can only come after a discussion with your fiancé and family. Many Milwaukee wedding venues are open for weddings; however, the venues may have limited capacities and may ask the couple and guests to sanitize, wear a mask, and follow social distancing guidelines. (Think of this as an opportunity to add stylish signage, beautiful masks, and sanitizing stations to your wedding plans.) If you need live streaming, many Milwaukee companies offer the service and can ensure that all your guests can witness your special day. (Ask your wedding venue for a list of local vendors.)

If you would rather wait, ask your wedding venue and vendors about postponing your wedding. Most Milwaukee wedding venues are working with couples to re-schedule their wedding. Unfortunately, this doesn’t guarantee that all your vendors are available on your new date. (Ask your wedding venue for recommendations for new vendors if needed. Use these tips to find and choose new vendors.) If you took out insurance on your wedding, you may want to check your policy to see if the insurance covers the situation.

How do we postpone our wedding?

If you decide to postpone your wedding, make sure you make the decision early enough to notify your venue, vendors, and all your guests. (Contact vendors for their specific rescheduling and cancellation policies.) Your venue and vendors are the easiest to contact, and should easily be reached by phone. If you reserved a block of room for guests, contact the hotel and ask them about policies and the process to follow for changing your reservation.

For your guests, make sure you notify them in multiple ways. Your wedding website is the ideal place to notify guests, and even include a list of frequently asked questions about the postponement. (Use this guide to build the ultimate wedding website that guests love.) In addition to your website, also notify guests via e-mail and snail mail.

While postponing might be the best decision, expect to feel a mix of emotions on your original date. There may be some sadness, but there are also ways to celebrate your original wedding date—and look forward to the wedding day that is coming.

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Hiring the Best Milwaukee Wedding Vendors: Wedding Vendor List, Questions & Tips

They say it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to weddings, it takes a full line-up of our city’s best wedding vendors to make a special day happen—and be a beautiful one-of-a-kind occasion. Of course, the right line-up of wedding vendors is different for every couple, which is why we put together a guide to help you choose the best vendors for your special day.

Milwaukee Wedding Vendor List

Just like every couple is different, the exact line-up of wedding vendors is different for every wedding. To complicate matters, some wedding venues require couples to use a vendor or provide a list of wedding vendors to choose from. Other Milwaukee wedding venues have an open vendor policy that allows couples to bring in vendors of their choice.

Because of the difference in wedding venue policies, couples should first determine if there are any vendors they really want for their big day. (Also ask your fiancé these wedding planning questions.) If you have a favorite wedding vendor, look for a Milwaukee venue that allows that couples to bring vendors in (this wedding venue checklist can help with choosing the right wedding venue). Once the wedding venue is chosen, couples should contact this list of wedding vendors:

  • Equipment Rental (for chairs, tables, tableware, etc. if venue or caterer does not provide)
  • Wedding Planner (if desired, or choose a wedding venue with on-staff wedding planner)
  • Officiant
  • Caterer
  • Bakery (if caterer does not make cake)
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Musicians (for ceremony)
  • Band or DJ
  • Florist
  • Décor
  • Wedding Invite Company
  • Transportation (not needed if ceremony and reception are at the same venue)

How to Choose the Best Wedding Vendors

  • Discuss your preferences for your special day with your fiancé, including any vendors you really want for your special day. (Use this list of wedding planning questions to help with your conversation.)
  • Organize your wedding planning. Use a wedding planning checklist (and these wedding planning printables) or wedding planning app to help you meet deadlines. Always contact wedding planners earlier rather than later; procrastinators miss out on the best Milwaukee wedding vendors.
  • Always research wedding vendors before hiring them. Ask friends and family (or a wedding venue planner) for recommendations for quality wedding vendors or research wedding vendors online to ensure you are contacting reputable wedding vendors. Be cautious about hiring wedding vendors without a business address or phone number, or that have a poor online rating.
  • Meet in-person or virtually with wedding vendors. Always review the vendors’ contract carefully before signing on the dotted line.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Vendor

The exact questions may differ, depending on the wedding vendor. In general, ask each wedding vendor these questions:

  • Are you available on our wedding day?
  • What is included in your services? (Some vendors offer package deals, and services and staffing often vary among vendors.)
  • How long have you been in business? Can you provide references or proof of experience?
  • Does the cost include set-up and take-down? (This question applies to equipment vendors.)
  • Do you carry insurance?
  • What event attire do staff wear to weddings? (This question applies if vendors are attending the wedding day.)
  • Do you provide a back-up plan in case of an emergency?
  • What is your rate? Are there any additional fees (i.e. overtime fees, travel costs, etc.) I need to pay? What is the final cost?
  • How much is the deposit? What is your payment policy? When is the deposit due? (Be cautious about hiring vendors that ask for full payment up front.)
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • When can we meet? Can we meet virtually?