Wedding planning during COVID-19 with Jessica Mulroney

With social distancing rules and travel restrictions, the past few months have been difficult for couples planning their big day. Although sunnier days are not too far away, many couples have questions at this time. From what they can do to mark (what was supposed to be) their big day, to how to stay connected with their friends and family, that’s why we sat down with our contributing editor, Jessica Mulroney, to get some answers.

Jessica has always been passionate about bringing dream weddings to life, so she had a lot of advice for couples as they face this challenging time. Over the past month, she’s been assisting couples in any way she can, from helping brides find their dream dress to planning special would-be-wedding-night dinners. Read on below for her advice as couples face the challenges of wedding planning during COVID-19.

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P.S. If you haven’t watched Jessica Mulroney’s new CTV and Netflix show, I DO, REDO, yet we highly recommend it. It’s the perfect quarantine watch about couples whose first wedding didn’t go as planned getting a “redo” of their dream wedding.

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Many couples have had to reschedule their wedding day due to COVID-19. Should they still mark their original wedding date in some way?

Absolutely! Postponing a wedding is always disappointing but marking the original date – even in small ways – can help cheer couples up. They can order takeout from their favourite local restaurant and set up a romantic date night, organize a FaceTime wine night with their wedding party or enjoy a relaxing day of pampering. There are plenty of ways to still mark the day – do something special that will make them happy.

Couples are unable to meet with vendors to go over wedding plans – what are some things they can focus on while stuck at home?

One of the best parts of planning a destination wedding is that most of the planning can easily be done virtually. Couples can get inspired for their big day by browsing through photos online and on social media, following inspirational wedding accounts or building their Pinterest boards. They can also think of wedding favour ideas and order them ahead of time, since lots of online retailers are offering great deals.

What are some ways that couples can connect with their wedding guests during quarantine?

When you plan a destination wedding, one of the perks is spending quality time with all your guests. Since you’re delaying your week together in paradise, you can organize a video call or group chat with your family and friends. It’s important to stay connected! I’m also a huge fan of personal notes, so writing your guests a thoughtful card is a great way to let them know how much you’re looking forward to reconnecting when this is all over.

Are there are wedding planning projects brides and grooms can get started on right now?

There are lots of projects that couples can get started on from the comfort of their own home. They can design their wedding stationary online (including itineraries, menus, place settings, etc.), assemble their welcome gift bags and compile their reception playlist. They can even look up YouTube videos to learn a choreographed first dance!

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