you got engaged during the Covid-19 pandemic (congratulations!), but don't know where to start with the planning process due to the current COVID-19 situation, then professional wedding planner Jenny
Wren can help you with looking ahead, planning, what to book (or not), and
how to keep those excitement levels high!
"If you want to set a
date in 2021 or 2022, start researching your venues now, as they are
likely to be extremely busy with postponements over the next two years.," she says. "Although viewings in person are not currently available, many venues are
offering virtual tours online, either live if the owners are based
on-site, or as pre-recorded films. You could book a planner to help you,
many planners offer a venue sourcing service. They should know an
abundance of venues in the county and often have had experience working
at them previously, so their advice is priceless. Keep in mind that
venues are likely to want to ensure all their postponed weddings from
this year have a new date secured with them before taking new bookings,
so you may need to wait to hear back after they have looked after their
"With regards to suppliers, again a planner can
help, but if you don't have one then really do your research. Look at
reviews (not just on their website but on Facebook and Google too), join
wedding planning forums to ask advice, look at magazines, and 'attend'
online wedding fairs. You could even ask the supplier if they could put
you in touch with one of their previous couples to speak to them
directly. Ask the supplier for a video call ' you need to like them as a
person as well as the product or service they offer, and an informal
chat can help you get to know them a little.-"
"Ask your suppliers
about their Covid-19 policy if you were to book them now and need to
postpone later down the line. Some may be happy to agree to take the
booking then change the date if needed. Ask them to put this in writing
and include on their contract so you are covered. And take out wedding
"Make the most of any extra time you have now to
get those checklist tasks ticked off and make a list of the things you
need to do once lockdown has eased," she adds as her final word of planning advice.
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