We all know wedding planning is stressful enough on its own, and today it has become additionally challenging with the pandemic. Not knowing what will happen with the virus, not knowing how many people you’ll be allowed to have, not knowing if your family and friends will be comfortable traveling, not knowing if you have to change your date, will the venue still be available, will the photographer, the DJ, the officiant…..you name it, it’s a concern! And I promise you all of us in the Vegas wedding market are working together to try and make your day happen for you with the least stress possible!
It HAS been a logistical nightmare, frankly, but still it’s what we are called to do. I’m from the South and was raised in a family where respect & kindness are important. A family where you show up on time, you do what you said you’d do and you give value for dollar received. That’s my promise to you, I will treat you with respect, I will listen and honor your wishes, I will show up for you, I will make sure your marriage docs are filed properly so you can rest assured you are legal (I’m actually rather anal about this part!) And I work with some of the very best vendors in the industry, so I’m comfortable saying they will treat you the same way and work very hard to make your day come off without a hitch!
All vendors must follow protocol, so you may not be able to have as many guests as you’d like, and they may need to wear masks and practice social distancing but you can still have fun. Plated dinners vs. buffets are a safer option. Perhaps each table is treated as it’s on little party and masks come off to eat and dancing takes place beside each table. Your wedding planner and venue coordinator will have several options for you to consider. If its outside wedding, you will also have more options available.
So, how do I treat my portion of the event? I do wear a mask when I meet with you and when I arrive at the venue so that I can greet your family, fill out the paperwork, get it witnessed, etc. But when I walk down the aisle, I take off the mask so you’ll be able to articulate clearly and so you won’t always be reminded of Covid every time you look at your photographs.
Now having said that, there are some really cute wedding masks out there – Bride & Groom, Mr. & Mrs., Mr. & Mr., Mrs. & Mrs. - in black and white or to match your attire. These can be used for photos and are fun to have. I’m at the stage where I have as many masks as I have shoes at this point!
Wedding Photo by IQ Photo
What if you need to change your date? No problem, if I’m available on your day and time, we’ll just move it over on the calendar. If I’m not, I’ll certainly be disappointed; and I and your team of vendors will offer you other recommendations. I do need to stress locking in your vendors as soon as possible, in order to secure your desired date. So many couples have had to move their event from March, April and May to Fall and winter 2020 and many are opting for 2021. So, sign that contract and make the deposit as soon as you can to lock in your date and time.
Lastly, please think of the positives and don’t dwell on what might not be possible during this time….in the end, you’ll be married and your love is what is most important.
Header Photo by LB Photography