2021 Weddings: I am feeling very hopeful!
No doubt about it, 2020 was a gut punch for weddings. So many couples had to put their plans on hold and so it seems like everyone is approaching 2021 with baited breath. While I certainly don't have a Crystal Ball, I am feeling very hopeful for a much more "normal" wedding season.
What is giving me a lot of hope that we didn’t have before is I’ve seen first hand that incredible weddings can happen EVEN in the pandemic. Your Perfect Bridesmaid has successfully executed almost 30 weddings since COVID-19 came into our lives in March.
We know the guidelines, we know how to identify what things are subject to change, and we are always ready to adjust given new circumstances-- we don’t just give up. We have seen with our own eyes that couples, families, and guests still have so much fun, even with an adjustment or two to the plans.
If you want to talk about options or ideas for your wedding, email us and ask us how we’ve pulled off COVID-19 weddings-- we’d love to work with you. Better yet, submit a question for our Online Wedding Workshop on Jan 23 (I’ll talk about this more below).
Another thing that gives me hope is the vaccine. It really is the game changer we have all prayed for. Every day, thousands of folks are being vaccinated and experts are saying we can expect to see COVID-19 cases go down significantly as more people become vaccinated.
Finally, Oregon and Washington's new guidelines are also giving me hope. We now have clear outlines on what is possible given each risk level and increased flexibility with lower risk levels. Having the risk levels evaluated and adjusted every two weeks makes for some fun last-minute planning, but with our help, last-minute adjustments can seem more possible than you might think.
While I am really hopeful for a year of incredible, much needed, much over-due celebrations, I also know we aren't out of the woods yet, and I know that can be unsettling. It seems like way back in April or May of 2020 we started hearing how Winter was going to be pretty bad in terms of number of cases. Sadly, they were 100% correct. And while we all have so many reasons to to be hopeful, our current case load is making that difficult and I wanted to acknowledge that. I know this uncertainty is causing a lot of stress for some couples, and I totally understand if you have a bit of anxiety of what steps to take next.
If that resonates with you, I recommend you take a short, temporary "vacation" of sorts from wedding planning. If you received our newsletter in your inbox, you might’ve heard us tell you that it is perfectly okay to “press pause” rather than cancel and come back to things a few weeks from now.
One of the many benefits of having a professional planner on your team is that they know what needs to be done and can enact a plan to make sure nothing is dropped or forgotten while you’re taking a break. Reach out to your lead planner or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let's figure this out together. A peace of mind is so valuable, and that is something we always strive to provide.
Like I mentioned before, Your Perfect Bridesmaid is hosting a 3 hour workshop from 10:00am - 1:00pm, where we’ll answer all of your wedding planning questions. We’ll also help attendees craft their day-of timeline and share our Little Pink Book, which is our book of trusted vendors that we have curated over the past 12 years and 850 weddings.
This event is completely free. It is our way of helping couples get through this pandemic and get excited about their wedding again. We know how much harder wedding planning is, given the current situation, so let us help you take off some stress.
You can RSVP (to receive the Zoom link) and submit any pressing questions you have on our website.
In closing, I hope you know that you are not alone and I sincerely encourage you to reach out if we can be of any help with your planning. As Thomas Fuller said "the darkest hour is just before the dawn." Better, brighter days are ahead. Hang in there, 2021 is going to be a much better year, and your wedding is going to be amazing!