A Detroit wedding photographer’s advice about Wedding planning, all while social distancing due to covid 19.
Whether you’re planning a wedding for 2021 and beyond or you’re having to reschedule your 2020 wedding; I think we can all agree that planning a wedding in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic is not something you thought you’d have to deal with. I don’t have all the answers but I am hoping this helps you navigate the process.
1.If you’re new to planning don’t wait. I know this might be counterproductive to what you’re thinking. I mean right now in Michigan we’re still under a stay at home order. So why would you start planning a wedding now? There are a couple of things I want to touch on here. Right now wedding vendors are rescheduling a good portion of our 2020 brides. That means 2021 brides will be looking at less availability than any brides before them.
2. If you’re a 2020 bride and you’re affected by this please reach out to your vendors. I am constantly preaching to talk to your vendors. Whether that be to discuss your timeline or ask for referrals I am a huge fan of making your vendors a team. So if you’re concerned about your wedding date to reach out to your vendors and talk with them.
3. Considering a more intimate celebration. While I cannot speak on when large weddings will happen again or how our new normal will look, I can say that a small ceremony is just as meaningful (if not more) than a large wedding. Everyone feels differently about there why to get married and I know many couples feel they don’t want to wait, that’s okay! I get it you want to marry your person. So why not make if official with the two of you, a couple witnesses and of course a photographer (me of course!).
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Look, let’s be honest here, this whole situation is unlike any that we’ve ever faced. Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors about COVID precautions and backup plans. Things from what’s in their contracts to how they’ll reschedule if they have to. I know its not fun but it’s something that you’ll feel better knowing.
I know planning a wedding during COVID 19 is not something that was expected but remember we’re in this together. As always if there is anything we can do to help with your dream wedding please don’t hesitate to let me know. I am still taking calls and zoom meetings for new and existing clients. We are all working to ensure our couples have the most amazing experience both on their wedding day and doing the planning leading up to it.
Looking for more helpful info on planning a wedding during the COVID 19 pandemic? Check out this piece on The Knot . If you’re looking for more wedding planning tips and tricks check out this blog post I wrote about timeline considerations.