I hate writing this. I hate talking about this. It’s all too familiar and yet, here we are. Part 2 of 2020, or so it feels. These times are just as uncertain and uncomfortable as they were in 2020. Nothing has changed, and in so many places, like here in Niagara, the COVID-19 virus is not backing down but seems to be ramping up.
What does this all mean for our upcoming wedding season? I really don’t know. I wish I did. I wish I could tell all my clients and everyone planning a wedding for this year, exactly how things are going to turn out and what they can realistically plan for. However, I can’t do that. I can share my gut instinct and what I firmly believe in my heart. Weddings are not going to look different from the best part of 2020.
Here in Ontario, I really think that we will be lucky if we return back to the 50 people inside, 100 people outside rule for weddings this summer. That, to me, is the best case scenario. What does that mean for you and your wedding? That depends.
- Are you holding on to a guest count over 100 people?
- Have you already postponed, once (or more) already?
- What is the most important part of your wedding right now? Is it the party with everyone? Is it your vows?
- What are your future plans?
- Can you wait another year to have the wedding of your dreams?
If you are holding on to a guest count of over 100 people, now is the time to reconsider. Look at your guest list and compile 2 lists. One for 50 guests and one for 100 guests. If you are happy with something smaller and more intimate, then plan for that this year. If your future plans include starting a family, buying a house or spending time travelling, then it might not be for you to wait another year to get started. You may decide to have a wedding at whatever number is allowed is the best thing for you.
If you have already moved from your original wedding date, you may be done. You are over the stress. You are over the constant self-doubt. You over the million questions from friends and family. You may decide that the numbers and the big party no longer matter because you just want to get married to the one you love and however that looks in 2021, that will be perfect. Or maybe not. Maybe all those other things are just as important (and no one blames you if they are) and you are going to hold off to have one wedding of your dreams. Period. If so, it’s time to start your conversations with your fiancé, your family and friends and all of your vendors. It’s time to make the move.
In conclusion, if you have any doubts at all, postpone and do it early. 2022 dates are going like hot cakes. Prime dates or any peak season dates for that matter, will not last. You need to move now. You need to tell your guests. Your vendors want to the opportunity to rebook your date if possible. They deserve your honesty. They have stood by you through one postponement (or more) or maybe not. But 2020 crushed them and they are all hoping for 2021 to be better. The earlier you can share your intentions, the happier they will be. And trust me. They feel for you. They get it and they understand. They just want you to be happy on your day. And they want to work as much as possible. So whatever you decide, that decision should be made in the coming weeks. That way you and your vendor team can start planning accordingly.
So are we all already looking forward for 2022? Just me? Ok cool.
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