I feel so stressed as a planning bride right now not knowing if things will be this way next year. I feel like all my planning should be put on hold. I don't know what to do about my bachelorette , and dress shopping all of it. I know they are talking about having to social distance next year so this is stressing me out 😟
My wedding is May 2021. If you're a year or more away, I would definitely continue to plan, but this time, plan with a "plan of contingency" in mind just in case there are restrictions. If May 2021 requires strict social distancing, we will have a very small private affair with just our immediate family members at our venue that we've chosen. Our honeymoon will shift to something within the country but secluded with private amenities (such as private beach access, private pool, etc).
I stopped planning for a couple of months because of the uncertainty but I was like this virus doesn't mean I have to stop living and planning to live and celebrate. I've been in contact with our vendors and venue and we're all staying connected. Our payments are smaller to accommodate our current financial situation but we haven't canceled...and I don't foresee us canceling because all we can do is have a back up plan. I laughed and told him "umm, you WILL have a wife come the end of May 2021, so sir, let's keep this wheel rollin'!" LOL
It can be scary...but you have the support of your family and most importantly Future Husbae so keep planning and work thru the anxiety of uncertainty together. If you decide to downsize in the glitz and glam of the reception for example, look at where you can put that extra energy and glitz and glam in other aspects of your big day. I told him if we have to smaller reception (originally we're at 100), then we can downsize our guest list to immediate fam only and enjoy very, very beautiful photography which will still be an intimate thing with our photographer and not a group. He agreed. Remember, you are in charge of what you will allocate to which area of your big day and whatever you and hubby decide that's right for you is perfect. Periodt. :-) Happy planning, Bride Queen!
I'm sorry you're feeling stressed. If it helps, you're not alone in your concern. Here are two other discussions that may be interesting to you:
For what it's worth, some 2021 couples are still planning, and others are taking a break. With a March 2021 wedding date, I think you could be doing either right now. You'll find some articles with planning recommendations in Our COVID-19 Weddings Advice Guide, including: