Anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you that there is a lot to think about, whatever time of year you choose for it to take place. But if the run-up to your wedding or even the big day itself are happening in the midst of the corona virus outbreak, you might be wondering what you should do to prepare (if that is even possible!) and plan for the potential that your wedding will in some way be affected.
Right now, whether you’re planning a wedding at home or abroad, there are countless moving parts surrounding COVID-19 and since this situation is fluid, what it means for your wedding, specifically, really depends on your wedding date.
To help you prepare for what you should do—and help you if you do sadly have to change plans—we spoke with experts across the industry, including travel consultants and wedding planners, to give you a closer look at how COVID-19 is affecting wedding planning right now, and how to prep for the coming months.
No. 1 - Be prepared
Whenever there is a problem, there is generally a solution, or if you can’t find a solution there is likely an alternative. It sounds very cliched but the best you can do is to keep calm and carry on. All of your guests whether they be family, friends, or colleagues all want to celebrate with you, but at a time that is safe and when you can all enjoy each others company.
No. 2 - Communicate with your vendors
Rather than second guess what your vendors are planning, get in touch with them, discuss worst scenarios and come together to create a game plan.
No. 3 - Notify Guests
To avoid having to constantly field questions from family members and friends, make a statement either on social media or on your wedding website acknowledging the coronavirus, and letting wedding guests know you will keep them in the loop with regards travel and accommodation, as and when accurate and up to date information becomes available.
No. 4 - Make it Intimate
Plan for a smaller guest count. It’s important to be aware that your guests travel plans and accommodation requirements are going to dictate the size of the guest list. So lowering your guest count is a sensible idea, as you may also have some potential guests who would perhaps choose not to attend the wedding or any pre-wedding events - go for small and intimate then you can avoid disappointment and some potentially awkward conversations.
No. 5 - Shop Savvy
With supply chains and manufacturing in the far east and China taking a heavy hit then dress choices could be restricted at best and at the worst unreliable. You could opt for shopping locally (when the opportunity returns), customising a high street dress or even recycling a used dress. When it comes to jewellery, favours, bridesmaids dresses, shoes etc, try to shop locally using small artisan business, they will need the financial boost a wave of much-wanted weddings will produce.
If you're just starting to plan a wedding it’s natural to have a million “what if” questions but we would say take note of the above and start with details that will not be affected by the coronavirus outbreak, plan your cake style, make menu plans, make a shortlist of preferred dresses and their accessories. By all means get excited about your big day and what it could hold but, hold off on major decisions. Currently, things are uncertain, so keep actively doing research so that you are ready to pounce when the time comes, just don’t lock anything in.
As always with wedding advice, it is there for ideas only, it’s always best to go with whatever suits your own personal style.
No matter what your own personal style, we know that you will find something in the Jules Bridal Jewellery collection to suit you. We have a wide selection from bracelets to headpieces, to compliment your wedding day ensemble as well as those of your bridal party.
Some brides know from day one of their engagement the type of wedding dress they will wear on their big day, but like a large number of brides to be, you are likely to have a wedding dress wish list of all the styles you want to try on when the lock down is over! Bridal Fashion Week had no shortage of wedding dress trends for 2020/21 brides to choose from, but if you are looking for the highlights we have brought together the top 5 wedding dress styles of 2020/21 for you to choose between, From short and chic to layers and ruffles there is something here to suit every bride to be…
If you are a fan of royal weddings then this style of wedding dress is the one for you. If you're looking to make an entrance, consider opting for a classic ball gown—and there are plenty of them in the 2020/21 collections of many wedding dress designers. The best thing about this attention-grabbing silhouette is that it is actually surprisingly versatile and works for most wedding styles. Go full-on Grace Kelly with heavy satin or Elizabethan with billowy sleeves. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn a few heads.
Your wedding shoes are without a doubt one of the most important pairs of shoes you’ll ever own. They’ll walk you up and down the aisle, see you through the wedding photos, and dance you across the floor with your new husband. So, it’s no surprise that some brides feel the pressure when picking out their all-important shoes – it’s kind of a big deal, so if you think the only option when it comes to wedding shoes are classic satin pumps, it’s time to think again! 2020/21 presents a fresh take on wedding shoes, which gives a wide array of choices for brides. While traditional wedding shoes will always be an option, at the start of the new decade, brides are looking for a little something extra when it comes to their wedding day footwear.
Let’s take a look at the top five wedding shoe styles on offer to brides this year…
A far cry from plain and simple options, 2020’s wedding shoes will reflect the modern bride, while still embracing femininity and romance. Expect to see a fresh focus on bold details to show the personality of the bride or to celebrate something the happy couple hold dear..
Deciding what wedding veil to wear with your dress is a major moment in creating your overall wedding day look isn't as simple as just choosing a long or short veil! Different types of veils and lengths can completely transform your wedding dress, so if you're wondering how to pick a veil, look no further, our guide will help you match a veil to your wedding dress…
Bird Cage Wedding Veil:
This short wedding veil usually made of a net or lace can cover just the eyes, skim the nose or stop at the jawline. A rule of thumb often used is, the shorter the dress, the shorter the veil. If you are wearing a cocktail length gown or shorter, a birdcage veil, is perfect, think of something reminiscent of an Audrey Hepburn movie, The bird cage veil is also a great accompaniment to a vintage wedding dress. For brides whose something borrowed is also their wedding dress, why not go all out with a birdcage veil to match?