Pro Tips for Planning a Safe and Stress-Free Wedding Right Now
Planning a wedding right now? Congratulations! While it isn't quite as difficult as it was in 2020 to coordinate a ceremony and celebration (more than half of couples had to make modifications when nearly everything was planned for their wedding in 2020, according to a WeddingWire report), CDC guidelines, local restrictions, rising Delta variant cases, and some vaccination hesitancy likely all mean you're continuing to exercise more caution and scale back what you originally envisioned for your day.
Despite the ever-evolving coronavirus situation, one big thing to keep in mind is that it's entirely possible to stay positive and enjoy all your celebrations while keeping it safe and within the guidelines. "Continue to celebrate your wedding-related events with your inner circle and open the guest list up as you're able," says Lindsay Forseth, director of weddings and special events at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. "Hosting intimate gatherings in a picturesque location with all of the beautiful decor that you envisioned can still be accomplished."
The other biggie? If you weren't already working with a wedding planner, now's the time to book one. It's a planner's job to know all the rules and regulations (including those around COVID-19), as well as manage contracts to ensure you're financially protected. Read on for practical planning tips and savvy celebration ideas to make your wedding beautiful and stress-free.