For anyone who has ever uttered the words “engagement” or “wedding” it is safe to say that 2020 has been a wretched year for them. Looking forward to your wedding day, then moving it out of fear and concern, and now considering how to even fathom having to endure this process all over again?
From a wedding planning firm’s standpoint, we personally postponed / rescheduled well over 22 couples’ weddings from 2020 to 2021 and I can honestly tell you this has been the most stressful year of my career. In trying to juggle all of the moving parts (average of 13 – 17 vendors per wedding), shuffling of dates, coordinating new dates with venues and churches and temples and gardens and officiants …. well, you get the idea.
In August, many couples started to see that things may still be on hold awhile longer and decided that their original idea of that backyard wedding wasn’t such a bad idea after all. With the influx of the now common trend, the Microwedding, came countless couples, parents of the couple, friends, aunts, and sisters asking if we could help “pull this whole thing together” in a matter of weeks. Well, of course we can … and did! That is, after all, what we do (or used to do anyway) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These days, we have grown accustomed to expecting a frantic phone call asking how they can make a wedding happen in a matter of weeks, and then we spring into action.
First comes the site visit to map out the space to see if the State-mandated 50 guests (or less) can adequately fit, measure for tent options, flooring options, review electrical options, water options, determine where the caterer can prepare / stage the dinner, how to create three separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception, and even try to toss in some really beautiful and fun touches that will truly make this the best day ever for each lucky couple we are so fortunate to be able to work with. And hosting a wedding for a smaller number of guests allows you to offer more special details than you’d ever be able to do for hundreds of guests.
What I’m trying to say here is that while I hope – the very most that anyone can possibly hope – things return to “normal” very soon, I mostly hope that all of the couples who have finally found each other and have gotten engagement can simply celebrate their marriage and commitment to each other surrounded by those that love and cherish them. There are so few times in life that we all gather in large groups to celebrate something happy … weddings are one of those times. From the Friday night casual gathering of friends and family you haven’t seen in awhile, to the morning-to-night celebration on Saturday, to the leisurely-casual farewell brunch the next morning … we want everyone to be able to look forward to the best weekend they’ve experienced thus far surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
With this said, there is no reason that couples have to wait … and wait … and wait. Hire a professional to give yourselves a much-deserved break during these tumultuous times and let them take the wheel for awhile and show you what you deservedly can have . Backyard / private residence weddings have long been what dreams are made of simply because – among so many other things – you have very few rules! Your property doesn’t come with a rental fee, with a maximum number of hours you can celebrate, with rules on top of rules. It’s yours …. and I can assure you that starting from scratch with a completely blank slate is the exact place you want to be right now. If we could wipe 2020 completely clean and start from scratch, we would.. So let’s move forward, celebrate today and then if the feeling still hits you down the road, plan another killer party to keep the party going!
Reach out today to ask questions, vent, cry, scream or just tell us how we can help. Stay safe and healthy …