So here we are yet again in Ontario. Lockdown. For what feels like the millionth time. Heavy restrictions. Essential services only. Be with your household only. And we are all exhausted. And if you have been planning a wedding for 2021, you are more tired and frustrated than the rest of us.
What does this lockdown mean for your wedding this year? Great question. I wish I had a crystal ball and could tell you definitively what was going to happen throughout the rest of the year. Alas I do not. Nor do I think I would be the best choice to have that responsibility, but that’s a whole other topic.
So here’s what I think you could expect. This is based on what I have seen, read and what we have already experienced to date.
- We will unlikely get over 50 people inside and 100 people outside for wedding receptions. Plan accordingly. Have multiple guest list options so when you are ready to send out you have the list prepared. Think 25 guests, 50 guests, 80 guests, 100 guests.
- The vaccine will not change these restrictions right away. It’s going to take time for the vaccine to roll out to the general population. Then it will take time for society to catch up and restrictions to be lifted. The wedding industry, along with restaurants, have been hit the hardest throughout these restrictions so it will also take the longest to come back to “normal”. Have patience.
- Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I know you have been doing this but I can’t stress it enough. If you have a plan in place for the worst option, then anything above that is a nice surprise to add to. It’s easier to add guests, meals, place settings than last minute trying to cut anyone.
- Postponing is still an option. If your gut is still saying this is not the wedding of your dreams, or your most important people can’t travel to be here for it, then it’s time to consider postponing. Dates for 2022 are filling fast and the time to act is now.
- Know that everyone involved is trying their best to make your day happen for you. Each and everyone of your vendors wants your wedding to happen for you. They want to work, but more importantly, they want you to be happy and to celebrate. Try not to take your frustrations out on them. It’s not their fault they can’t work and they are literally doing everything they can, coming up with any solution at all for your day to happen.
I know these are not the answers you want. They are not the suggestions I want to give you. It’s reality however. I want to be proven wrong. I want the vaccine to change the second half of this year to be different than what we are currently in and are expecting but the planner in me feels it’s just too soon still. I want to celebrate your wedding. I want to see your smiles and tears of joy. I want to watch you say your vows and have your first dance. I want that so bad for you.
Need help navigating through this wedding season? Let’s chat about how I can help.