We’re over a month into lockdown now and, I don’t know about you, but I’m slowly starting to adjust to this new normal. Getting used to spending so much time at home, working away on my business and liaising with all my fantastic 2020 couples to reschedule their wedding dates and make sure I’m on hand to answer any questions they’ve got.
But what does all this mean if you’re in the midst of planning your wedding for 2021? Fear not, the wedding industry cogs are still turning! I, and all the other wedding suppliers I know, are absolutely dedicated to providing everyone with a fantastic service. Lockdown or no lockdown!
In fact, this enforced time off that many of us are experiencing means that now is an ideal time to be putting plans in place for your 2021 wedding.
A lot of us, not least wedding suppliers, have suddenly found ourselves with plenty of time on our hands. Time to bake, time to spend with our kids and time to sit down and start thinking about what’s important to us. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the importance of wedding photography. Specifically, what photography is going to mean to us when times are returning to ‘normal’.
Personally this period has just cemented my love of wedding photography. My desire to capture the emotion and joy of people’s days. Weddings have always been about the human connection and that’s never felt more important! Once all this is over then I know that weddings will become even more about the celebration, about the joining of two families and about the connection between you and your loved ones.
If that sounds like the type of wedding photography you’re after then I would love to hear from you.
Wedding planning in a lockdown
But back to wedding planning. How can you carry on sorting out and organising your day whilst staying safe at home? Here are a few tips.
Make use of the internet
A lot of wedding planning takes place ‘out in the world’ – from wedding dress shopping to looking around your venue. Luckily the Internet has saved the day! Everything has shifted online and there’s now a real push towards using Zoom, Skype and other video software to allow you to carry on with your planning. Venues are offering virtual tours, I’ve heard of bridal boutiques offering Zoom appointments and Pinterest and Instagram are still a great source of inspiration.
As for me, well I always love catching up with my couples so I’ve moved all of that online. We can easily chat over Skype, Facetime or Zoom. I want to hear all about your plans so far, how your dreams for your wedding are turning into reality and, of course, how I can work with you to make sure the love and joy of your day is captured. With weddings being postponed for now I’ve got so much more time to spend chatting with you, future brides and grooms!
Catch up on ‘wedmin’
This enforced time at home is a good opportunity to start getting your wedding admin (‘wedmin’) in order.
Sort guest lists, get spreadsheets updated, look at budgets and, if you’ve not chosen your suppliers yet, sit yourself down in front of the laptop and start researching. It can be a lot of fun looking at different wedding industry folk and you’ll pick up so much inspiration along the way!
Also, please remember that I’m on hand to help with anything. Chat to me about timelines and how best to plan your wedding photography. We can talk about when you’ll get the best light (ask me all about golden hour!) and how to get the best family group photos without spending hours in one spot.
Easier said than done I know! We’re in a very bizarre situation. The 2020 wedding season is, at the moment, at a standstill and I’m hard at work rescheduling dates with my couples. That means that 2021 is going to be an incredibly busy year. There’s only one of me, and most other wedding suppliers have limited capacity as well. With all that in mind please, please get in touch with your chosen suppliers sooner rather than later. I know I’m not the only one who hates having to turn away bookings so as soon as you fall in love with someone’s work let them know and get that conversation started!
Talking and keeping in contact. It’s never felt more important! Talk to each other about how you picture the day – what’s important to you both, how you can make sure that your wedding day is the day you both really want. How you can stamp your personality all over it!
And talk to me. If you’ve got any questions or worries or just want to tell me all about your plans please know I’m always here. We can have a virtual cup of tea together!
I hope these few tips have helped to put any worries to rest. Wedding planning can still continue and before you know it I’ll be arriving on the morning of your wedding and giving you a big hug (remember those?!)!