The C-Word. I know, it is scary. Sometimes it just seems easier to put your head in the sand and leave your wedding date up to fate! Will it happen? Won’t it?

I am here to just give you some insight from a wedding professional on things to expect planning during and post Covid-19. It isn’t an easy subject to tackle, especially with all the unknowns. Even with vaccines nearing approval, things will continue to be in a state of uncertainty throughout 2021. The effects of the virus, even with a vaccine, could continue into 2022.

I just wanted to give you some things to consider, in hopes that it will make your planning and expectations a bit easier.

1. Booking everything earlier than usual.

With so many 2020 weddings that were postponed, wedding vendors in 2021 are going to have their hands full which means they may book up sooner and quicker than usual. The reality of all the postponed weddings is that vendors may be fitting 2 years of wedding seasons into one. This includes venues, photographers, catering, alterations etc.

The best thing you can do is figure out the most important aspects of your wedding and secure them early, such as a venue or catering for example. If you have someone in particular, you want you need to lock them down fast! Or your other option is to be flexible as your original date may be taken but they may have availability on other days.

2. Expecting limitations on guests lists.

Event sizes are still limited in many states at the moment, which is expected to continue throughout 2021. For some couples, this may mean you need to postpone, cut your guest list down significantly, or adjust your wedding vision.

One thing to consider is eloping and throwing a big reception once restrictions have been lifted. Stream your wedding live or hire a videographer to create a beautiful video to share later. How beautiful would it be to play your video and then have your grand entrance into your reception? It is also another wonderful excuse to wear your wedding attire more than once!

If you want to stream the wedding you have many options such as Zoom, Facebook Live, Google, Youtube Live. There are a few dedicated apps as well Wedfuly has also teamed up with Zoom for virtual wedding services. Or see if your venue offers a live streaming service. You could even hire a professional to live stream the ceremony, as many photographers and videographers have offered this service to help couples.

Please remember to live stream you need a good internet connection so this option may not be available in some destinations like Valley of Fire.

3. Every state may have different rules and regulations moving forward.

Do your homework or get in touch with your trusted local vendors for updates on rules and regulations. Every state is at different stages in their Covid prevention measures and taking different precautions.

Over the past 9 months restrictions have changed regularly. Our Governor has continued the mask mandate. Group and event sizes have increased and decreased. These rules will continue to become looser or more restrictive, depending on cases and spikes. So this means restrictions could change between booking and the actual event.

So please again have flexibility based on the situation and follow all the rules that are in place for your and everyone else’s safety. And do not be upset at your venue and vendors for following the guidelines. 

4. Read your vendor’s contracts and ask about policies regarding Covid-19.

Contracts, oh boy how boring are they to read! But I insist, read your vendor contracts to see how something like a health crisis may affect you should this cause another issue in 2021.

Contracts are in place to protect both parties and layout all the guidelines of your agreement between each other. With how unexpected this year has been, it is good to be informed on how your vendors will deal with this crisis, or any other events that may affect your wedding. They are full of important information, but they should also outline refunds, reschedules, etc. Also, don’t be shy to ask questions if you do not understand something or want more information.

5. Consider insuring your wedding for the 2021 season.

Wedding insurance is a thing. And depending on how much money you are investing on your special day, it may be the right option for you. But just like your vendor contracts, read the contract’s fine print to make sure it would cover you should the Covid-19 pandemic take another bad turn in the future.

Not all insurance is created equal and with how widespread the damage Covid is doing to the wedding industry… Check, check, and triple check you are covered.

The main takeaway for all of you brave 2021 couples is flexibility. Because you may need a ton of it. This is definitely the year of resilience among couples, keep strong and let’s get through all of this together.

For the latest information in Las Vegas and Nevada you can go to the government’s website or check out local news.

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