Wedding planning during COVID-19 in 2020 was crazy. Stressful. Unforgettable. Honestly, there really isn’t a word in the English language to describe this year of wedding planning in Milwaukee.
While we can’t put words to this year, we can look back and review some of the lessons learned from wedding planning during a pandemic. Many of these wedding planning lessons are lasting, and are going to be around long after the pandemic is over and we can all be together again.
Lesson #1: Communicating with guests is really, REALLY important.
While solid communication channels have always been a big deal, we all learned they are REALLY important while wedding planning during COVID-19. Wedding websites, texts, and social media have all become vital parts of letting guests know about precautions, postponements, and other important details during the pandemic.
Takeaway: Don’t plan a wedding without setting up a wedding website or social media site where you can keep your guests updated and in-the-know about addresses, parking, and schedules. (Use this wedding website guide to make sure you create an awesome communication tool.)
Lesson #2: Be flexible.
This year has been a test of couples’ flexibility. The pandemic has been an evolving situation for wedding planners with ever-changing capacity limits and gathering guidelines. Couples have had to stay abreast of the situation and adapt plans for their big day—sometimes several times!
Takeaway: Couples need to flexible and able to adapt their celebration as situations change. You can do this by knowing there are always “bumps in the road” and preparing for any situations that may arise as you plan.
Lesson #3: Organization is key.
Organization is an essential part of wedding planning, which is why many couples opt to hire a wedding planner. In 2020, the need for organization during wedding planning was off the charts, as couples had to keep careful records so they could easily contact vendors and adjust their plans.
Takeaway: We can’t even stress how important organization is when wedding planning. Fortunately, these wedding planning apps and checklist are available for easier wedding planning, as are these tips for organized wedding planning.
Lesson #4: De-stressing while wedding planning is not just necessary. It’s vital.
Stressful isn’t a strong enough word for wedding planning during COVID-19. This year has been full of twists and turns that were incredibly stressful for couples planning their big day. It became vital for couples to relax and de-stress, even if the ways of wedding de-stressing during COVID-19 were different than in the past.
Takeaway: De-stressing is a necessary part of wedding planning, and a chance for couples to “get away”—even for a few minutes when trying to juggle all the details of wedding planning. When you need a break, select one of these ways to de-stress in Milwaukee or a safer alternative for de-stressing during the pandemic.
Lesson #5: A good team behind you is a valuable asset when planning a wedding.
2020 may have revolved around social distancing and staying apart, but this year has demonstrated the true value of having a good team on board for wedding planning. Couples have had to lean on their wedding planners, wedding venue staff, caterers, photographers, videographers, and entertainers as they rescheduled and adjusted their plans.
Takeaway: Don’t take the job of choosing the right wedding venue and hiring wedding vendors for your big day lightly. Use this guide for choosing the best wedding vendors. Always make sure you choose a wedding venue with a supportive staff who communicates promptly and is an excellent resource as you plan.
Lesson #6: Keep your eye on the prize.
This last lesson of wedding planning during COVID-19 has been a hard one, but a significant one. With so much uncertainty, couples have to had to mourn the loss of their 2020 wedding (if they chose to postpone) and look to a new—and possibly different—future wedding date.
Takeaway: It’s vital to remember that the prize is a wonderful wedding day and marriage. While situations may change and evolve, keep your eye on these goals.