Five tips for planning a wedding during Covid-19

For many couples, their dream 2020 wedding has been postponed or at the least dramatically altered due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has impacted on every single one of our lives in many ways and it can be crushing to learn that the wedding you’ve dreamed of for so long needs to be changed.

Whether you’re planning a small and intimate wedding within the Covid-19 restrictions or planning ahead for a more lavish affair once restrictions have been lifted, you’ll want to read our top five tips for planning a wedding during Covid-19.

Consider your budget 

Even without Covid-19 hanging over us, budget planning should always be your first port of call. Carefully consider what finances you’ve got to work with so that you know exactly what you can afford and where you might need to compromise.

Try to avoid paying out large amounts of money to any supplier in the current climate. Deposits are fine but make sure you’re clear about terms and conditions relating to postponement and cancellation – and get it in writing. You don’t want to lose money if anything has to change.

Be realistic about dates

No one knows when large gatherings such as weddings will be able to recommence. Choosing a date in early 2021 may be risky so don’t get your heart set on it. Planning for late 2021 or even 2022 may be more realistic. No one wants the stress and uncertainty of wondering whether their wedding is going ahead and potentially having to rearrange it.

Review your guest list

There’s always a chance that things could change at the last minute, no matter how far in advance you’re planning your wedding. As well as having your ideal guest list, it’s useful to also write a core guest list of people that you wouldn’t want your wedding to go ahead without. If you are forced to cut your guest list down at the last minute, you’ll have your core list already planned out to fall back on.

Plan ahead with suppliers

With many couples being forced to postpone their wedding, many suppliers are quickly becoming booked up well into the future. If there are specific wedding suppliers that you plan to use, get yourself booked in as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may run the risk of your chosen supplier being fully booked, leaving you to scramble for an alternative who has availability.

Hiring a wedding planner for your Covid-19 wedding 

Planning a wedding at any time is stressful, but there’s no doubt that the stress will be greatly increased if you need to plan your wedding during the coronavirus pandemic. Hiring a wedding planner can remove some of that stress. They are highly experienced in planning almost any type of wedding with connections in the industry which may go in your favour when booking suppliers.

If you’re thinking of hiring a wedding planner for your Covid-19 wedding, you can find a wedding or event planner on Bark.



Can you plan your Wedding with Bark?

My wife reminded me the other day that it’s coming up to our 4th anniversary and I got to thinking how much easier planning a wedding would have been if had existed.

I thought I’d take a look at the categories on Bark to ensure we have everything needed to ensure couple’s special day goes off without a hitch.

Wedding Catering

It’s vital to have the right catering for guests. Many may have travelled for hours to the venue, waited for the bride, sat through the ceremony, drank the welcome Champagne or Bucks Fizz and be starving by the time food is served. Often a round of canapés after the ceremony while the couple is having their pictures taken is a good idea, followed by the wedding breakfast and whether it’s buffet style or a 3 course silver service meal we can help you choose the best caterers from over 35,000 available.

Wedding Decorations

Often weddings will have a theme – mine was “red” but I’ve heard things like “Frozen”, “flowers” or even “Places we’ve been”. If you’re like me and have the creative flair of a mole then you may need a professional to help bring your vision to life. I’ve seen some fantastic examples at the weddings I’ve been to (I’m at that part of my life where it’s a few weddings every Summer) and some of them must have had professional decorating help from one of the 1500 Wedding Decorators or 1000+ Florists Bark can connect you with.

Wedding Bouquet, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Photographer & Videography

One of the best bits of advice given to me was not to scrimp on a wedding photographer and to do some test shoots to see who made you feel most comfortable and therefore got the best shots. I’m so glad we did as the photographer we ended up choosing was just awesome and we were so happy with the eventual pictures. If we ever have a renewal of vows party I’ll either use the same one again or choose from one of the 1000s of expert Wedding Photographers on Bark.

Increasingly couples are using videographers to capture the day and use it to send to relatives around the world who can’t be there in person or to keep for when you’re older to remind you of how slim you were once. Fortunately you can make sure you’re only captured from the best angle by choosing from one of almost 4000 Videographers Bark can connect you with.

Wedding Cakes

The centre piece of the Wedding Breakfast and generally cutting it is the cue to start dancing like a crazy family. Getting the right cake maker can cost a few hundred to a few thousand pounds, but it’s worth it for the intricate icing work and attention to detail you can get. Many cakes are then personalised to the couple – I recall one of my friends having the bride and groom figures in a Costa mug (where they met) and with my own Cake we’d secretly arranged for the colours of the Mauritian Flag to be layered through the top tier in honour of my wife’s family – quite a surprise when it was cut. Bark wasn’t around then so we found Magical Cakery through a friend but if Bark were around we’d have had a choice of over 500 wedding cake makers

Wedding Cake

Dance Lessons

I can’t dance – everyone knows it. That made it really awkward when I had to dance with my new bride in front of all my friends and family and ended up looking like a demented octopus. If this is you too you could either ensure the videographer’s gone home, ban videos and hope your friends and family have had too much of the wine you paid for to remember, or you could use Bark to get some dance lessons and come out looking awesome. If your wedding is very traditional you could even go for Ballroom Dance Lessons.

Wedding Band or DJ

Whether it’s a band for the ceremony, a classy String Quartet or an evening DJ for helping your family cast some shapes on the dance floor Bark can help find that too. As a little tip ensure you order an extra meal for the band members and the DJ – always makes them feel good, doesn’t cost too much, and you’ll get a better service from them too.

Wedding Planning

Bark can take the pain out of finding the best local wedding suppliers and leave you in control of coordinating the gig. If you want even that taken care of, and let’s face it there is a lot to do, then we can also find you a Wedding Planner from the 6000+ we have available.

And so much more

There’s so much more Bark can help with too from designing and printing the invitations to engraving the rings to hiring transport for the day – I’m exhausted just thinking about all the work I did for my wedding and wish Bark was around to do the leg work for me back then.

Wedding Car

What do you think? Have I missed anything off that helps make the perfect Wedding? Let us know.

Author: John Oberlin-Harris