An article about the magic of choosing your own adventure ✨
Has your wedding been affected by COVID-19? For so many couples now as we hop, skip and jump out of lockdown, planning their wedding in this ‘COVID normal’ world… this has been an opportunity to take a step back and really think through what is important to them in a wedding.
Is it the 10-person person bridal party, complete with that cousin that you haven’t connected with in years? Is it the traditional sit down alternate drop meal with seating plans and 300 of your nearest and dearest. Or is it about crafting your perfect celebration? A smaller guest list micro wedding, personal vows and a three-course dinner in a private room at your all-time favourite restaurant… cue Cutler and Co.
So here’s some things you can think about while you are pivoting, reshaping and re-designing the happiest day of your life – because no matter what you choose, your COVID free, wedding reimagined, WILL be the happiest day!
Guest list – Do you really need ALL those guests? You know the answer to this, because with all the guest restriction changes, I’m sure you at least worked it out in your head at one stage… if you could only have 20 people who would you invite. Do you really need a large bridal party or just one fave person that you want to hang out with on the morning, get pampered and help you into your gown or do up your tie? Only you know the right answer for you, but it could be a good way to create a smaller, more personal group, and help your budget along the way.
Venue – there’s no reason to ditch a traditional venue (especially if you have already paid your deposit!), but if you were starting to plan again and looking at a smaller guest list, I love the idea of hiring an Air BnB away from the city and having the wedding on the property. Friends and family can stay at the property with you and as the day becomes night, guests and children alike can step away and head off to bed. It also gives you more control if COVID restrictions or a wave three begins. If you are on the hunt for an Air BnB that can take up to 20 of your nearest and dearest here in Melbourne or Victoria, just ask!
Elope now and afterparty later – if you are more excited by the idea of marrying your best friend in a wild-open space (imagine the two of you sharing your vows in front of stunning mountains ranges or a grand waterfall) more than having your family and friends there to witness it all this could be for you. And after your epic wedding, throwing an after-party for friends and family might just be the ticket. If you are keen to do this, I have a specific Elopement package in my pricing for this, with a few hours photography coverage for the ceremony and photos afterwards, plus a few hours for your party on another date – it works out more cost-efficient than hiring separate sessions.
The flowers and bridesmaids gowns – I don’t know about you, but choosing wedding colours is a real challenge. We all have favourite colours, but choosing one and trying to match it with tones that match your bridesmaids skin tones and gowns is just way too hard. So here is a novel idea.
Ask your bridesmaids to choose a dress that they love in a range of colours you love, then go for florals that piece together all of the colours in their gowns. The soft pink florals to go with the soft pink gown days are long gone – even as I write this, I’m sure I’ll see the soft pink tones done exceptionally well tomorrow and I’ll be eating my words.
I’ll be sharing more beautiful, weddings imagined after COVID over on my Instagram @cadence.and.grace as they all unfold in front of my lens.