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Booking wedding suppliers during lockdown

There is no question that anyone planning a wedding in the last 18 months deserves a medal. However if you are anything like myself and got engaged recently (Congratulations!) then you are just starting your wedding planning journey and who knows how the next 12 months is going to turn out. When it comes to booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, deflated and lost on where to start.

I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to start planning for your wedding day when you aren’t able to visit any venues or meet your suppliers in person. It is entirely possible though to start planning your wedding day in the virtual world, and enjoy the process. A lot of the research can be done with your laptop on your lap, and a glass of wine in hand with the latest Netflix binge on in the background.

I’ve popped together some advice and a few encouraging words for anyone booking suppliers during lockdown. I hope it helps and don’t forget to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would just like to chat.

Booking a WEDDING venue

Venues are likely to be handling postponements from 2020 and early 2021 weddings that are moving into late 2021 and 2022 dates. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enquire with them, especially if you are hoping for a peak season summer wedding – you need to find a venue soon.

It’s not going to be the same as seeing the wedding venue in person, however attending online virtual tours is a good way to shortlist potential venues. You’ll get a good feel of the venue and whether it’s going to suit your style as well as having the opportunity to ask venue staff any questions. 

Do your supplier research

Booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown might require a bit more research than before to help you feel confident in your choices. The bonus is that you probably have so much more time to immerse yourself into it. It’s so much fun to discover new, interesting suppliers and also getting to know who you are booking to be part of your day really well.

If you aren’t sure where to start your search, there are lots of tools at your fingertips for finding a variety of professional suppliers in your area. Instagram is a great tool, you can use the search function to find specific suppliers by location and hashtags. You can also search via the style of wedding you are hoping to create for example “Wedding Planner Surrey” or “documentary photographer uk.” You can also use Pinterest to find not only inspiration but also suppliers. Make sure to check out all your suppliers websites, social media profiles and google reviews.

MEET SUPPLIERS ONLINE

Don’t be afraid to jump on a call with a supplier. Lots of wedding suppliers will be offering free, no obligation discovery calls and these are great opportunities to meet the person you are considering working with. If you’ve done your research and have been silently stalking them for a week or two then why not reach out and have a chat. The only way you’ll truly find out if that person is right for you and your wedding day is by meeting them. We aren’t able to catch up over a coffee at the moment but a video call can really go a long way.  

(P.S. You can book in a 30 minute chat with me here! )

ASK QUESTIONS

If you are feeling unsure about spending a large sum of money with a supplier when the world still feels a bit topsy turvy then ask them if they have a payment plan option to help you spread the costs and feel more secure. It’s also important to ask about their COVID-19 / postponement policies. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, all fingers crossed but you really never know. Booking a supplier you love and are happy with their terms and conditions is important. 

WORK WITH A WEDDING PLANNER

The clue is in the name but Wedding Planners, plan multiple weddings all year around. We really are the experts in the wedding industry. If you are anything like me then you are hoping to only get married once, meaning that most people only plan a wedding once. With this in mind how are you meant to know who the best cake maker in your town is? Or where to hire gold cutlery from at the best price? The wedding industry is vast, and as fun as it is planning a wedding sometime you can get a bit lost.

If you aren’t in a position to hire a wedding planner to help with planning your entire wedding then have a look at one to one consulting options. Speaking to a well-connected, industry professional will help you to book suppliers with confidence, especially when the world feels a little bit unpredictable. 

I offer bespoke in depth virtual wedding planning services or shorter 1:1 Q&A consultations which are easily accessible. You can also ask me about payment plans, and i’ll send you my wedding planning templates for free.

I hope this quick read has helped you with your next steps and you feel more confident in booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown. Book in a call, email me or DM me on instagram to chat more about how I can help you on your wedding day.

Emma x

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Ways to make your wedding day more personal to you

Trends come and go, but you will never be out of style. All the small details in your wedding day will be the extra special touch and those that you remember most! 

Have your guests enjoy a day that was tailor made just for you. Perhaps there is a family member missing that you’d like to pay tribute to in some way or a memory that you’d like to feature in some way.

I’ve put together some of my ideas for adding your own personal touches to your wedding day along with some great suppliers! 

Hannah’s veil by Bespoke Veils

Have your veil embroidered. There is no denying that when Hayley Baldwin had her veil embroidered when marrying Justin Bieber we all suddenly thought, what a great idea! Have a look at Bespoke Veils to have your veil embroidered with something personal to you. 

Personalised place setting napkins for Weddings by Emma Louise, embroidered by The Embroidered Napkin Company

Personalised napkins that act as name settings for your guests to take away with them. Luxury linen looks so lovely at your wedding breakfast, and whilst it is an extra expensive to have it embroidered The Embroidered Napkin Company creates beautiful monogrammed pieces that you or your guests can keep as a memento as well as your favourite quotes.

Personalised place setting napkins for Weddings by Emma Louise, embroidered by The Embroidered Napkin Company

Have a bespoke stationary suite created that speaks about you as a couple and also ties the elements of your day together. It can really set the tone for the day, link through to your table plan and your menu’s. 

Personalised and bespoke stationary suite created for Weddings by Emma Louise by LouPaper

Ask a special family member or friend to do a reading during your ceremony. Perhaps a poem to wish you well on your new journey together as a couple. 

Cocktails by Kalm Kitchen created for Planning Redefined and photographed by Hannah Duffy

Have a signature cocktail. Ask your venue or bartender to create a signature cocktail that your guests can sip on at the drinks reception or can order at the bar. Alternatively service up that cocktail which you once drink one too many of on your favourite holiday. 

Whatever you decide and however you decide to incorporate it, just have fun! 

If you’d like a hand planning, styling or setting up your wedding day then please do get in touch! 


Lets chat over a glass of wine or just have a read of my brochure