I have quite a few friends who are engaged and likely planning a 2020 or early 2021 wedding. I know nerves and anxiety are high, so I thought I’d share some advice and encouragement to get through this time.
Prerequisite: My Background
I have been unofficially planning events since I can remember. I started real event planning in high school and that led to more events in college and professionally. I mostly have experience in music events, fundraisers, and weddings. I even began wedding coordination in 2018!
101: My Wedding Planning Crisis
Unfortunately, my very own wedding was in the midst of its own crisis. Months before our 2018 scheduled wedding, Nick, my then fiancé, broke his ankle. The medical mental and financial stress caused us to push the wedding back to May 2019. In late February 2019, he also lost his job! We didn’t let this stop us though! We relied on a ton of DIY tactics and our parents to get us to the wedding day. A few other sacrifices had to be made, but we still enjoyed our day! I talk more about these details in the episode, so tune in to catch them!
Our wedding planning was a crucial time in our relationship and definitely a test to our relationship. However, it was not a determining factor in our marriage. And that’s what I want you to take away from this episode. These are tips on how to better plan your wedding during a crisis, but also a reminder that the wedding is simply a symbolic day for the rest of your life. What you do in the “rest of your life” time is what really counts.
The day after our wedding, Nick received his official job offer from his new job, and that’s what started our journey to Texas. This move has actually been a great testimony for us. We both have advanced in our careers and the area is a great fit. We look forward to settling down and building our family in the DFW. Not a bad turnaround since February 2019, right? Now one year later, at our anniversary, I am sharing this story with you and advice on how you can turn your own crisis into your dream!
Level 201: Overcoming Sallie Mae & Cousin Rona
Tune into the episode to hear more on how we adapted our wedding planning for the curve balls that life threw at us! I also give 10 pointers on how to adjust your own planning! These will help you either stay on track with your original wedding plan or give you an opportunity to pivot without getting too stressed.
One of the points that I talk about is spending more time with detailed planning, since you’re at home anyway. I originally had 3-4 Pinterest boards dedicated to wedding planning that I ultimately paired down. You can do the same! I also received a ton of advice on very specific topics from The Wedding Planning Podcast. She is a great resource to have. Also do premarital prep courses with your spiritual leader or online courses/workbooks. We purchased Before You Say “I Do” from Amazon, which was a workbook recommendation from my pastor.
Lastly, don’t forget about the wedding registry! We loved using Zola to manage our registry, but I think one with Amazon would’ve been awesome as well. You’d be surprised how much the gifts from your wedding registry can help build your home and last a married lifetime. As promised in the episode, here is the list of our favorite wedding registry items and what I’d recommend.
These are just a few things you can do to keep the wedding planning moving and unaffected by the pandemic (or any crisis).
Extra Credit: My Services
Not only do I share this advice in this episode, but there are unique opportunities to work with me as well! Do you need help with your wedding planning? I offer two services: in-person coordination and virtual consultations. Check them both out on my website or email me for more details! I’d love to help you and ease the burden of planning. I also pride myself in affordable pricing, but quality service. So, don’t be hesitant to contact me if your budget is tight.