Using lockdown to get ahead with your wedding planning

I’ve spoken to many brides-to-be amidst the pandemic, and they’ve all agreed to having experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I have to admit, I’ve felt very much the same. There are the highs when we enjoy the extra free time to enjoy new projects and exploring new hobbies, and then there are the lows where we lack motivation and start thinking too far ahead and ask ourselves countless questions – when will it be over? Will my wedding day go ahead? When will life be normal again?

If this sounds like you, know that you’re not alone!

If you do find yourself with lots more free time on your hands, now is the perfect time to make headway with your wedding planning.  

Whether it’s learning a new skill, watching tutorials, trying a DIY project or getting on-top of your wedmin, I thought it would be helpful to share some top tips and advice on how to make the best out of lockdown.

1. Secure your suppliers

With so many 2020 weddings rescheduled for 2021 and 2022, it goes without saying that suppliers are going to be busier than ever over the next couple of years. Take this time to do your research and find your dream suppliers. Not sure where to start? Write a list of all of the suppliers you think you’ll need for the day (there are lots of checklists online and in magazines) and cross off the ones you have already secured. Rock my Weddings, The List is a great place to start when searching for a supplier. Still unsure about who to book? I offer a supplier sourcing service based on budget, location and style. I’d love to help. When booking your suppliers, be sure to ask what their policy is incase your wedding day needs to be rescheduled or cannot go ahead as planned due to covid-19.

2. Get inpsired

Sometimes we all need a little bit of quiet in order to get our ‘vision’. If you’ve been struggling with coming up with a style or concept for your wedding day, then now is a great time to explore that and get inspired. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed walks in the countryside and have been inspired by a particular flower? Maybe you’ve experimented with a new cocktail and would like to serve it at your wedding? Now is the perfect time to start a pinterest board. If you aren’t already following me on Pinterest, I have lots of inspiration boards – go a head and take a look! Wedding blogs are also a great way to find your unique style. Some of my favourite’s are The English Wedding Blog, Rock my Wedding, Style me Pretty and Martha Stewart Weddings. Already got a pinterest board? Try designing a real life mood board using a large plain piece of card. Take clippings from magazines, paint sample cards and swatches of fabric or wallpaper and just have fun with it! I’ve had some fun and explorative inspiration sessions with couples over video during lockdown, where we have used our time to explore different concepts and ideas. If you’d like to find out more about these, head over my to my services page or get in touch.

James and Kerrie Photography are holding their first ever virtual wedding fair on instagram on 30 May 2020 at 10AM. Come join me and meet lots of other fantastic suppliers.

3. Learn a skill and get crafty

There’s never been a better time to learn a new skill and get crafting! From watercolour workbooks to online flower arranging tutorials, small business owners are being creative in the way they provide services to their customers. I’ve tried my hand at flower pressing recently and was rather impressed with the outcome.

The talented Harriet of de Winton Paper Co has started a new YouTube Channel dedicated to getting you all painting!

Rock my Wedding has a catalogue of DIY Wedding Ideas, from crafting your own DIY doughnut wall to baking your very own naked cake!

4. Try out new hair and beauty looks

Your hair and makeup trials may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with different styles at home. There’s plenty of bridal hair and makeup inspiration over on my pinterest and lots of stylists are taking to social media to share their top bridal beauty tips with you all.

5. Troubleshoot & get organised

Is something niggling away at you? Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed about when suppliers need to be paid. Or maybe you don’t feel on top of your guest list or seating plan? Do you need to settle the timings for your day? Whatever it is, take this time to get organised. Try organising emails by allocating them to a ‘wedding’ folder in your inbox. Create a spreadsheet to make a note of key dates and final balances to be paid to your suppliers. Start counting those RSPV’s and get to work on a table plan. Perhaps you’re concerned about the day itself, and how you’ll get everything set up in time? I offer an on-the-day setting up service and can even assist setting-down for you the following day. Drop me a line to find out more.

Final words of advice…

I am here for you. If there is anything I can help you with, or if you just fancy a chat about your wedding plans, then I would love to hear from you. My final piece of advice would be not to be too hard of yourself. Take your time and accept the highs and lows – they will soon pass!

Stay safe,

Leanna x

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