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Tips for Tying the Knot

Updated: Sep 29, 2022


By Carolina Hernandez


This year’s wedding season will take a turn for the better as we bid farewell to COVID restrictions. We have a few tips to guide you through tying the knot in 2022.

Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner has become more critical than ever. Planning your wedding is already full of stress so hiring an expert who knows how to communicate effectively with other vendors will help alleviate major stress. Even if you get the day of coordinator, they will identify small details you could easily miss during your already eventful day.


Micro-weddings

A new trend resulted by the pandemic is a micro-wedding (aka miniature wedding). It is a hybrid of an elopement and traditional wedding. The guest count is typically 50 or less and includes ceremony, first dance, and cake cutting. They are popular with couples who cannot wait any longer and wanted to stay on track with their original timelines. Also, another incorporation to make everyone else feel included is to live stream and include others in on the celebration. This will also account for a smaller cost and more intimate while still celebrating with your closest loved ones.


Served Food

A major important factor is to follow CDC guidelines with what they are advising as time gets closer to your big day. Pay close attention to what venues are allowing. Buffets are no longer a thing for now and they advise the use of plated meals which is not a significant difference from pre- COVID since it was considered an option aside from buffets. Things such as dessert stations can be changed to pre-made mason jars.


Save the dates

Should I still send the save the date cards? Rules have changed for couples planning a wedding during COVID but cases are not a one size fits all. If you truly believe you are still moving forward with the big day, then yes send them out four to five months in advance. Communication is key so if you do send them out make sure to be clear about the verbiage. For example, you might want to say, “We hope you can celebrate with us in April,” and inform your guests if your wedding will be indoors or outdoors. Many websites have begun offering free change the date cards if you purchased save the date cards from them to help you save from buying two sets. If you already sent out invitations, updating your website or reaching out with any new information will let your guests know you are keeping up. If your invitations have not been printed you should consider asking your vendor about rush printing so you can hold off on printing until you are sure about the date. Another option could be adding online RSVPs to your website or even choosing an invitation design with less printing time consuming material.


Reading the small print with cancellation fees

As mentioned before, having a wedding planner will facilitate our overall planning especially during COVID. The details of any cancellation fees should be communicated so check for all the small print. Before signing anything, have honest conversations with your vendors. Ask questions like, how do they handle COVID related postponements and cancellations. This will prepare for any uncontrollable change of plans; you will be prepared in advance and have a clear expectation of how the situation will be treated. There are couples who have horror stories because of the cancellation or postponement fees, but the number of venues that are understanding and willing to be flexible have shown to outnumber the bad cases. You still do not want to risk finding yourself in that unfortunate situation so again, read the small print!


Negotiation and patience

If you already chose your vendors and signed contracts, there’s still a few tips for you. Extra patience with negotiating will be essential. Many couples have experienced a cancellation fee or a moving date fee. It can take much longer than expected to get a decent outcome from negotiating. Remember, patience and friendly attitude can get you what you want. Even if they are not able to waive an entire fee, you hopefully will be able to come to some form of compromise result. What can also help especially if it’s just one vendor who is requesting a large fee to move a new date, you can highlight the goodwill of all your other vendors.


Wedding dress alterations

The general rule of thumb is to start shopping about nine months before your wedding, but now shopping between 10-12 months before the date is recommended. Remember you potentially need more time for alterations too. Some stores have suggested to start three or more months before that because they will have a large increase of brides that have postponed. Basically, the earlier you order your dress, the earlier you can start with alterations. Of course, every bride is different, and some won’t need as many alterations but keep in mind communication is key with your vendors. If you aren’t sure of your wedding date or thinking of postponing let your seamstress know leading up to your event.


Non-negotiables

Many couples are still set on having their dream wedding and just can’t seem to think of another way with having to make sacrifices. Consider what your non-negotiables are, this will help you determine your ultimate decision. Are you willing to scale from 150 guests to 50? Are you okay with not hugging your guests? Do you really want that open dessert bar? Is having your grandfather and dancing with him very imperative? Perhaps going for a later date may be the best option as limitations will be less by then. If you are on a tight budget this is important too as moving dates or cancellation fees may be unnecessarily adding on to your budget.


Conclusion

Regardless of how much we want COVID to go away there will a new normal in different ways when it comes to weddings that may stick around long- term. Seating fewer people on tables, supplying more sanitizer (in general), serving food attendants wearing masks and gloves are a few things that might be here to stay.







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