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Were you forced to postpone your kwanjula, kukyala or wedding due to the COVID-19 Pandemic or are you worried you may get disrupted? Take the pressure off your beautiful mind and get to understand that change is a fact of life.
Before the pandemic hit, our calendar at Parties and Events was getting filled by the day. We had about four ceremonies for each month from March till August. Unfortunately, together with our clients, we have had to postpone most of the events to June and others to 2021. But even then, June also looks blurry. Most couples have been heavily shaken but it’s fairly understandable; for most couples, this is the first time they are at the frontline of planning a wedding or kwanjuula and unlike us (wedding planners) who have had the experience of canceling events, most couples are under tremendous stress due to the looming uncertainty.
That said, if you are a couple who postponed or is planning their wedding this year, now is not the time to be pessimistic. COVID will go and life will have to move on. Be positive and use this break to get back on the drawing board.
To guide you, we have listed a few things you should be investing your time in during the lockdown. These tips will help you continue to plan your wedding in an effective and efficient way during this lockdown
1. Narrow down your vendor list
If you had not yet, now is the time to scheme through your vendor list and get in touch with your vendor of choice. Currently, most vendors have time like never before. When the lockdown is done, most will be very busy and unwilling to give you so much time. Now is the right time to call or skype that photographer or decorator and have a lengthy conversation about your event. You can ask them to share their Instagram account so you can have a broader sense of their style and determine if they are the right fit.
2. Get your mental health in check
Remember that a mentally healthy couple is a happy one. Before the busy world of work resumes, brides and grooms should take advantage of this lockdown period by creating a wellness routine that can help keep them stress-free during and post-Corona.
You should also be working on your skincare routine. Drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits to flourish your skin.
3. Get personal with guests and entourage
Since you have plenty of time on your hands, this would be a good opportunity to write letters or notes to each individual of your entourage and (or) guests (if the number is small) and let them know what their presence at your wedding or introduction means to you. When time is due, you can place the note with their wedding favor at each guest’s place setting at the reception.
Finally, with social distancing, it is so important to keep up with family and friends. You can do a virtual movie night where they choose a favorite wedding related movie. A positive mindset, good mental health and a sense of community is essential in keeping the bride and groom sane.
4. Take your time on details
If you had contracts signed, now would be a good time to go over them and ensure you understand every clause in there. You can also call your vendor to explain them to you in detail.
If you had questions for a particular vendor that you weren’t able to ask before, give them a call and let them know you have some questions lingering on your mind.
Additionally, use this time to add smaller sentimental details that will have just as big an effect on your memories. You probably want that jewelry or veil from your parents or loved ones captured on your wedding day.
You can also use this period to review your theme. What colors had you chosen and why? What will that backdrop contain?
5. Accessorize and refine your style
Spend this lockdown time wisely and really consider your accessories and style for the big day! As a bride, you have more time define your bridal look. Get in touch with your stylist for professional advice or those custom details.
Extend this attitude to your reception styling as well. Refine your overall look and add in details to make it more you.
This is the perfect time for couples to work on their wedding day designs! Narrow down their Pinterest design board ideas and really define the aesthetic they want to achieve for their wedding day!
6. This is the time for marriage Prep
Take this time to focus on strengthening the foundation of your marriage by defining your common values, diving deep into “have I ever told you.. ” conversations, and creating a bucket list of places you will go and things you will experience together in the next 2 – 3 – 5 and 10+ years. What about revisiting those pre-marital reading materials you skipped during the planning process.
7. Get those discounts
With Coronavirus hitting the wedding industry hard, there are discounts and offers to be had. It’s not common for Ugandan wedding vendors to offer discounts publicly as most lack platforms to do so. However, when work resumes, most businesses will be looking to earn some money fast and the competition is going to be fierce forcing most vendors to offer discounts.
However, don’t make fast decisions, look through your favorite vendors’ websites and choose the professionals whom you like. You don’t want to have poor quality photographs of your wedding. If your favorite photographer or decorator has not displayed any discounts on their website or social media accounts, don’t hesitate to give them a call and ask or negotiate.
Another great thing to do is to gift your parents with a wedding album. We all know our parents love to show off our most important day to all their friends.
8. Lock in your new date ASAP
Just because the next couple of months are in question, it doesn’t mean a date a few months down the line is automatically available. In fact, wedding vendors are currently booking up all their Fall and Spring dates for next year so be sure to lock down a new date ASAP.
“The couples who intended to get married or introduced in 2020 have already postponed to 2021. If you are planning to do the same, you need to lockdown a date real fast because spots are filling up very quickly since half of weddings are rescheduling for next year
9. Embrance Change and your new wedding date
I clearly understand how crushing it is when you have to involuntarily change the date you have been counting down to for long. But if you choose to be positive, you’ll turn out the winner in this situation. Take this time to get used to the idea of your new date. If at all possible, could you reschedule to a new meaningful date? A dating anniversary? The first time you met? A special date you both love? Do you see how the new date could be a blessing in disguise?
Take your time before you choose your new date. You already have your great vendors, you just have to open your eyes to what you thought was impossible before. And keep in mind that if you postpone this year, with all these troubles, emotion will be so much stronger!
10. Get to know your vendors better.
With Uganda on 21 days of lockdown, you can use 2 days to reach out to each of your wedding suppliers and get to know them more so they can represent you in a more authentic way. If you chat with your photographer on a more personal level and share a bit of your personality with them, it will help them to know what’s more important to you and capture your day in a more authentic way. Plus, they’ll be more relaxed infront of you and the camera which will allow their creativity to take centre stage. The same applies to your planner, decorator, DJ, and other vendors.