How to Future-Proof Your Wedding Day


How to Future-Proof Your Wedding Day

For many couples, the current pandemic has meant that the wedding they’ve spent the last year or so planning has had to be postponed until next year, or potentially even the year after that. With little certainty around what the long-term impact of the pandemic might be, getting to grips with what weddings might look like in a post-lockdown world is cloudy at best. Brides and grooms around the country are echoing the same sentiments having spent the past months or years committing their time and money to an occasion that was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. How do you even begin to plan a wedding when we have no idea what weddings might look like in the coming years? Emma Deeley, Owner at wedding venue The Tythe Barn in Launton, Oxfordshire, gives her advice on how to future-proof your wedding for when that day does come.

How to Future-Proof Your Wedding
‘Corona-proofing’ Your Big Day

Before you even begin to think about anything else – get wedding insurance. It doesn’t have to cost the world, but the peace of mind it will give you if anything were to happen will be invaluable. Next, make sure the team you have around you are trustworthy and experienced in their relevant fields. Having a well-connected wedding planner on board will be incredibly helpful in navigating through any potential bumps in the road should they come.

At least some form of social distancing at weddings may be in place for a while, so a key question to be asking your venue is what safety checks they have in place and how they plan to accommodate your guests, along with ensuring that they have solid risk assessments and procedures in place. If you’re yet to book your venue, we’d recommend choosing one that has a large room that can let fresh air circulate throughout the day and with lots of easily accessible outdoor space to allow the wedding party to spread out across the whole day.

Re-Assess Your Budget
It’s no secret that we’re in a very unstable economic climate at the moment, with many suppliers having been put out of work completely over the last few months. If your wedding has been postponed for a year or two, don’t assume that your suppliers will be able to afford to charge the same rate they did in 2020. With costs likely to rise with inflation in the coming year or two, ensure that you’ve accommodated for this in your budget.

Don’t Fret About Wedding Trends
Our one tip on wedding trends? Go with your gut. If you’d been planning your perfect wedding for this year and have now postponed, sit down and think about whether the pampas grass you’d been dreaming about will still have the same impact in a year or two. This is especially key for couples who may have had to move their wedding to a different season in the year – those coral peonies you had your heart set on won’t be in season come winter, so our advice would be to just start with the two of you. Explore your personal styles and what you love to do together and build from there. Trends will always come and go, but there’s nothing we love more than hosting a wedding that is purely authentic and personal to the individual couple.

Think About Sustainability
As we’re all becoming more and more sustainable in our day to day lives, you can and should extend this mantra to your wedding plans too. Now more than ever it’s important to champion your local suppliers and small businesses. Ask your florist about seasonal, British grown flowers, or ask your local garden centre to give you some advice on how you might go about growing your own now that you have a little extra time to plan. These practices should all be second nature to your suppliers by now, so they should be very willing to offer you their best advice.

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