Wedding Planning in Lockdown - Looking towards a Special Occasion
- BATEAUX LONDON BLOGS
- Posted: Monday 2nd August 2021
- Author: Anonymous
For the lucky couples who recently got engaged (perhaps even over the lockdown period), congratulations! If you are finding yourself with nothing to keep you preoccupied, what better time is there to start planning your dream Wedding?
We understand that planning a wedding can be extremely difficult. From organising the catering for the special occasion and finding a unique wedding venue, to designing and sending out the invitations, the list of areas to cover can feel endless.
Your special occasion should truly be as unique as you and with so much to prepare for what will be the most memorable and delightful moment of your lives, we have put together a special list of areas to tick off your Wedding to-do list during the lockdown.
The average UK wedding is estimated to take around over 200 hours to plan, which is why it is easy to see how planning a wedding can at the best of times feel like a part-time job. However, with the current lockdown period in the UK drawing to a swift close, now may be the best opportunity to get organised.
Organising your schedule to include a strategy of when you will be planning your wedding is the most efficient way to truly make progress with what often feels like an extremely stressful task.
By designating a day during the week solely for wedding planning, you can start to create a picture as to how everything will tie together for your special occasion. Whether it is through writing a checklist of the areas that you need to cover, or creating a spreadsheet and researching into suppliers, these tasks can truly aide in the organisation process.
For those of you who are newly engaged or have been engaged for a while and have only just started your wedding planning journey, the below areas are a great starting point to cover, ahead of your occasion.
Have an in-depth wedding planning conversation with your partner. This may seem like a rather obvious starting point, although is one of which that can really help fine tune your overall wedding planning process. Discussing what you are both seeking in your wedding, from the venue to the unique catering options will allow you to both develop a clearer understanding around what it is you both want to experience for your special day.
Deciding on the style of your wedding can enable you to envision precisely what aesthetic you are aiming to achieve for the occasion. From a traditional white wedding with pastel-coloured flowers and décor, to a quiet and intimate micro wedding with unique waterfront views, there are an endless number of styles to choose from.
Researching into Wedding Venues is one of the most important areas to consider when beginning your planning journey. There are an endless number of unique wedding venues in London alone, and by conducting research into both the location and style of your occasion, you will be able to curate and create a long list of venues to work your way through.
Similarly, to wedding venues, suppliers are a vital area to research into when starting your planning journey. From the entertainment and catering through to the photographer and boutiques, researching into wedding suppliers for your occasion will allow you to build a better understanding of what you need to organise ahead of your dream wedding.
Budgets are a large factor when wedding planning and should be one of the first priorities you consider when starting your journey. This will allow you to develop a clearer understanding around how much you are able to allocate to everything from the wedding venue to the dress and invitations.
Unsurprisingly, building your guest list for the wedding day is one of the first areas to work on when starting your planning journey. If you are looking to host your wedding during the COVID period, it may be worth considering creating a smaller guest list. With small and micro weddings on the rise, now may be the opportunity to host a more intimate celebrations in a small wedding venue.
Couples who have their wedding planning well underway will find that they may have set a date, booked a unique wedding venue, and possibly organised the main suppliers. This means your wedding is likely to take place in 2021, or even 2022. However, since you are stuck at home, you may find that your plans are at a standstill with many businesses and wedding suppliers currently out of action. Despite this, there are still many tasks that can be attended to during this period to ensure your planning process is still taking place.
Colour samples and palettes are a key part to several areas of the wedding, from the venue and interior décor to the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. Now is the perfect time to really get creative and explore a range of beautiful colour schemes for your special occasion. Once decided, you will find that other areas of your wedding will slowly fall into place.
Flowers are an exemplary final touch to a wedding and offer a colourful and vibrant ambience to the big day. Use this time to familiarise yourself with what flowers will be in season for your wedding day and communicate your ideas with a florist.
Now is a good time to take note of anyone who has been particularly helpful or supportive in wedding planning. If you are thinking of providing wedding party members with an extra special gift or card to say thank you, then why not start creating a list in preparation?
Any wedding will have those small but equally as important jobs crop up on the big day. Creating a list of tasks that you can delegate to your nearest and dearest family members will help you put your mind at ease.
Although Holidays may currently be off the cards, there is no harm in researching into honeymoon destinations you may want to visit. Use this period to create a list of countries that you would consider visiting for the occasion, along with various activities and landmarks so see and experience.
If your wedding was due to take place around now, or in the upcoming weeks and you have needed to make the difficult decision to postpone your occasion, then there is still hope. Most couples that have had to face this situation throughout the course of the year will find that they have needed to set a new date, which can make moving forward with plans especially difficult.
Despite the special occasion being on hold, there are still a few tasks that you can finalise before the wedding. One of which, including organising and writing out thank you cards for wedding guests. Take this time to prepare ahead of the occasion and order a unique array of cards to offer guests on your wedding day.
Prepare a list of Questions to Ask Venues and Suppliers
There are most likely many questions that you will want to ask your venue and suppliers. Preparing a comprehensive list of questions surrounding potential new dates, alternative options etc., can allow you to gain a better understanding of what to expect when restrictions ease. Once compiled, you can add any questions that later occur to you.
To make the most of what would have been your original wedding date, why not plan to do something fun with friends and family? A virtual social gathering with your wedding party is a brilliant way to spend time with those most important to you and celebrate the special day despite having to postpone.
Wedding receptions are the perfect opportunity to create a memorable experience and party the night away. Use this period to create a truly unique playlist of songs that both you and your partner can enjoy. These may take longer than one would anticipate, since you would need to consider events such as:
Wedding planning during the lockdown period is a unique experience, and one that not many of us have had to deal with before. For couples who are in the beginning stages of their planning journey you may want to begin with finding a suitable venue to host the wedding ceremony or celebrations in.
At Bateaux London, our effort to welcome you all safely and securely with COVID safety standards in considerations will continue as we progress through Spring and look to open our Unique Wedding Venues in London for hire. Offering a truly remarkable space for couples to celebrate their newly wedded vows from the waters of the River Thames, our venues are designed to bring dreams to life for a true Match Made in London.
For a contemporary and modern space for Wedding Ceremonies, our latest venue The Pier will surely tie together your aspirations for your dream wedding. With mesmerising views of the River Thames, The Pier is the ideal space for intimate Wedding ceremonies.