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2021 Brides...are you planning?

Cre, on May 9, 2020 at 1:27 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 21
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I am so afraid of planning with so many changes and regulations to gatherings, who is eager to set a date or put down any venue deposits? Not me...right now, I can change my date at any given moment, and just wait it out. I see what 2020 brides are facing and 2021 is so unknown. 2021 brides are you planning during this pandemic?

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Latest activity by Cre, on May 11, 2020 at 2:56 PM
  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    Yes yes yes !!! I’m staying hopeful. #positivevibesonly
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  • Courtney
    Dedicated July 2021
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    I think it’s important to start planning. There will be high demand for 2021 dates after COVID cancelled so many 2020 weddings. We just have a photographer book so far but ours is an elopement. I want to nail down a preferred officiant soon.
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  • Cre
    Beginner March 2021
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    Courtney,
    Congratulations.. Elopements are the thing right now...I actually started the planning process just don't want to put any deposit money down, venues haven't changed their contract verbiage to include Covid-19 cancellations or postponements ...decisions decisions
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  • Cre
    Beginner March 2021
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    I hear you and understand you clearly....we also gotta be realistic. I was very optimistic and positive until we received the gathering guidelines and venues still have social distancing, mask requirements and limited to 10 people. Unfortunately, this still may be going on in my resident state of Missouri until we get a vaccination. No telling when that will be...fingers crossed!
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    Unless pushing your wedding off until 2022 is an option, I wouldn't not plan, but I'd just be wary of paying large sums on deposits and would definitely discuss with all your vendors what happens if Covid-19 is still a threat. Make sure cancelation, refund, and postponement policies and costs are very clear. Shop around and find vendors you like that require reasonable deposits and payment plans. All of our deposits were about 20% of the overall cost of our wedding and final balances were not due until the month of the wedding, and all of our vendors switched our date without any additional fees and honored the same rate when we moved things back a full year. Some couples pay closer to 50% and have to make payments leading up to the wedding, so that can mean you are out a lot more money if you have to postpone and can't find a date that works for all of your vendors. Some places also charge if you have to switch your date or make you pay the increased rate for moving it into the next calendar year.

    I think it's reasonable to hope things will be greatly improved by next year, but I also think it's naive to think everything will absolutely be 100% back to normal. Plan, but definitely keep your expectations tempered and anticipate things may need to change.

    I'd also strongly recommend against purchasing decor or customizing things with your wedding date at this point.

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  • Ashley
    Savvy October 2021
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    Yes I am still hopeful for 2021 . Just been doing small things nothing big yet .
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  • TeachingBride
    Just Said Yes December 2021
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    I debated whether to start planning because our date is December 11 2021, and at the same time I was wondering if it was silly to be planning a party with everything going on the world. But then someone pointed out that for many of these vendors who have to cancel/postpone gigs, they're probably thrilled to get some deposits to help the business right now.

    Right now I've booked my venue because it was the only venue I loved and I didn't want to lose it. But I made sure to ask them about (and get in writing) their policy for postponing if COVID-19 is still a problem at the time. Other than that I've been pinning and favoriting different vendors to contact once things calm down a little more.

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  • Stefanie
    Dedicated May 2022
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    Definitely start planning. I am getting married May 22, 2021 and have our venue and photographer. I was surprised by how many photographers were taken already and am seeing the same thing with other vendors. Stay hopeful!
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  • Caitlyn
    Dedicated October 2021
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    We’ve been full throttle this week with consulting with DJs and photographers. There’s been multiple that are already booked for our date (We’re getting married in York, PA (Lancaster region) and its a very popular wedding area.) I definitely will make sure we ask about about the threat of COVID-19 still being possible and ask what their postponement and cancellation policies will be. Thanks for the tip! Happy planning ladies! I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.
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  • Keah
    Savvy October 2021
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    I don't think I ever stopped planning. I've been engaged since August and due to get married March 28, 2021. I have thought about if we should change date or postpone but its not something I want to do. With that being set most of my vendors were booked before COVID and I got my dress already. I've just been doing online shopping and browsing to find bridesmaid dresses and important signature decor details.

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  • Masel
    Savvy March 2022
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    I’m planning for December 2020 with multiple guest lists. We have a “no restrictions” list and a “less than 50” list. I just got my venue, photographer, and planner contracts yesterday and am planning on booking them this week with deposits. I would just ask them point blank what their plans are for moving forward with new regulations (like cancelling or postponing). Most vendors are changing their policies so now would be the time to ask questions.
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  • Sierra
    Savvy May 2021
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    We’re getting married May 2021 and I was advised to book ASAP. Our date was being snatched up in a matter of days after the 2020 brides decided to shift out a year. We have every single vendor booked with the exception of the bakery making our cake. At the very least, I advise booking a venue right away if you haven’t already.
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  • Lasha
    Dedicated May 2021
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    It’s so hard to plan anything locally especially if things are closed canceled . We really wanted 5/21/21 and with everything being closed all of our tours for venues got canceled. My fiancée saw how stressed out I was becoming so we decided on a destination wedding
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  • Allie
    VIP November 2021
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    We are November 2021 and still planning. Things for me worked out well because I got my major vendors booked before this all happened and my dress came in the week before everything closed, so I had planned on taking a break over the summer and picking back up in August. However we are still doing little things like picking songs, we ordered our cake topper, and we are discussing some of the decor. I’ve heard from a lot of people that 2021 is booking up very fast so I would absolutely start planning now if you want to get married in 2021.
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  • Emily
    Savvy July 2021
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    Summer 2021 was always the plan for us, and we are continuing on with planning. I am not worried...yet...if we need to change plans, we'll deal with it then. I would say that if you are stressed get wedding insurance, but a lot of polices have altered there verbiage after the massive pay-out with COVID, so if you get insurance, read the fine print carefully.

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  • Cre
    Beginner March 2021
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    Emily,


    Yes I agree with the insurance. Are you concerned with being masked, and a limited amount of guests?
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  • Cre
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    Kari,


    I agree with the improvements in place for next year, but will still don't know what kind of improvements to be booking. In Missouri, venues are in the last phase to open.
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  • Cre
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    Ashley,


    Exactly!
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  • Cre
    Beginner March 2021
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    Yes, I can see why you booked your venue...I'm just so conflicted to do so right now.
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  • Cre
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    Stefanie,
    Thank you! Congrats
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