Kerrie Wood, director and senior wedding planner at LUXE Unforgettable Events, has been a ray of hope for those planning weddings during the COVID-19 crisis. While many have had to cancel or postpone, Kerrie and her team have worked hard to inspire couples to turn their plans so they can still have their dream day. We chatted with Kerrie to find out all about her best COVID-19 wedding tip and to hear from one of the couples she wanted to marry during this difficult time!
What's your number one piece of advice for couples who have postponed their weddings?
The most important message – look forward to your big day! Postponing a wedding is multifaceted in terms of financial, logistical, creative and of course emotional commitments, as is postponing a wedding.
"I urge all couples to seek advice from an experienced wedding planning service who will guide the couple through the maze that represents the postponed wedding rescheduling process. They can also help obtain and reinstate financial credit for all wedding services. Suppliers, suppliers and venues in the contract. "Kerrie shared.
Other important points to consider:
- The public health orders of the day provides information on the number of wedding guests that can be accommodated depending on the capacity of the venue, and these are not consistent from state to state or territory.
- They may have to be variations of your “planned” wedding day. This can include floor plans, seating, décor, catering, and in some cases the venues.
- There may be limitations that you are not aware ofDo some research and chat with your planner!
Some couples struggle to decide between rescheduling their day or a smaller, more intimate wedding. What are your thoughts / advice on this?
"We have a lot of couples who are still undecided and we hope that things will return to normal sooner rather than later so that they can have the day they originally planned with all their families and friends from near and far, and until it was realistic If there is a vaccine we need to keep turning on all wedding activations if necessary. The international border issues are sure not to be resolved anytime soon, and internal borders are still at a political stage of development. "Kerrie shared.
Kerrie also suggests NOT Cancel a wedding venue or dedicated worship service unless there is no other recourse and seek professional advice before making final decisions. Wedding cancellation can have many financial and logistical implications, including the loss of funds. Also, be sure to read all terms and conditions of all contracts before doing anything!
Wedding insurance …
Unfortunately, wedding insurance does not cover losses due to elements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is no contract performance related to the pandemic, it can still be covered, but it depends on the policy. The first thing you need to do is check in with the wedding insurance company and refer to the "Terms and Conditions" of your policy to confirm the status under current and future activations. Again, your wedding planner should be able to help you make the right decision for you and your day. However, always read the fine print of any contract or policy before signing it for any parties that may be linked by an agreement for the company's wedding day.
An intimate celebration …
"We just delivered a wedding day that had to be reworked, rescheduled and redesigned for Jane and Harlan. The couple, their families and each wedding guest who commented on the day and continued to comment on the glorious warmth and ambience and intimacy of minor activations The wedding day mostly involved the intimate new look of “Vintage Country Romance.” There was still a sense of joy, celebration and beauty just like with any traditional wedding. Of course, this direction will not apply to every couple, their families or others Friends. It is a very personal choice and no couple should ever feel pressured to reset their planned wedding day if that is not what the two of you really want at this point in time. It is your day, after all – tomorrow is always different Day … and possibly the opportunity of another path. "
What is your advice to wedding sellers during the Covid-19 era?
- Be professional and fair whenever possible. Find out about the ever-changing public health permits. With so much confusion and misinformation, clarity and conciseness provides clarity on the main paths to deliver for customers (and future customers too) who seek advice and reassurance from a professional and experienced specialist planner to help them tackle this very stressful and stressful problem to support trip.
- Don't promise anything that you cannot deliver and that you cannot tell a customer what they would like to hear or undercut existing service contracts to win a business at any cost.
- Be a registered COVID-Safe company with approved COVID-Safe operating plans. The more open and honest you are about the real influences and skills of the day, the better. This is vital and will prove to be an invaluable essential step forward.
- The priority is health and safety of our wedding customers, their guests, partners of the wedding industry and the delivery teams during the day.
- Only provide information that you are sure of. "Unfortunately (and too often) I hear clients or prospects have the wrong information and it has negatively impacted their decision-making process."
- Try to keep a sense of humor. "It is an integral part of our humanity, and I dare say it, an invaluable asset that we all have appreciated in these challenging times."
A real Covid couple – The story of Jane and Harlan's wedding …
We were lucky enough to speak to Jane and Harlan about their special day and the experience of planning a wedding during a pandemic. When asked why they wanted to continue their wedding, they said, "We had to think about how long it could be before we could have our original dream wedding. We realized we didn't have to destroy our vision; we just had to change it You can get on with your plans even if they are a little different. ”The couple also stated that a smaller, more intimate wedding meant we could talk to everyone and really celebrate.
Kerrie shared that the experience of planning the wedding for this couple wasn't what they originally expected, but it was certainly magical that day! "Jane and Harlan's wedding was a complete design, style, schedule and delivery in 4 weeks. The task was made possible by the extraordinary and collaborative efforts of all preparation, planning and delivery teams on the day." This included a couture dress that went from design to delivery in just over 3 weeks! From the majestic flowers to the first surprise dance, every element of this wedding has been carefully planned and followed as part of all COVID safety measures. "My way from that day was and is the collaborative spirit of the wedding industry professionals I got to work with, and the expressions of pure joy and happiness on the faces of our wedding clients when we said goodnight," said Kerrie.
Check out the incredible providers below that helped bring this day to life!
What do you think are the biggest difficulties in planning a wedding in Covid? How do you propose to overcome them?
"The most important issues for me are of course the safety, health and well-being of our customers, their guests and our daily delivery teams. This is our policy and our commitment to every wedding day." Kerrie also states that public health rules and parameters form a fine line between logistics and creative balance so that vision, style and ambience are not compromised in any way. "The concepts (regardless of the formulation) are absolutely feasible, as this wedding day clearly shows, but not without a break, consideration, collaboration and experience." Kerrie also suggested seeking professional advice before proceeding with rescheduling plans to avoid COVID wedding stress. This is totally doable when partnered with the right wedding planning service for you.
We know that health and safety are so important when planning a wedding. What are your best tips to keep a wedding in Covid safe?
- Open and honest communication with our clients from the start about what and how we can deliver their day as part of ongoing public health contracts.
- Encourage and support our customers to prepare their wedding reception, families and wedding guests for what to expect that day.
- Have a tone on the daily activation plan That knows the venues and access points that are well equipped and prepared to avoid traffic jams at weddings.
- Provide a thorough, cohesive briefing before the day Document to all wedding anniversary delivery teams.
- The plans have to remain adaptable at all times and react to the changing environment and landscape. It's about being proactive, not reactive, and delivering a day that captures the couple's true spirit and the essence of their day.
Would you like to hire Kerrie for your special day? Check out LUXE Unforgettable Events here!
Styling, planning and MC: LUXE – Unforgettable events / Dress and veil: Rhonda Hemmingway Couture / Flowers: Butcher's daughter / Signs: Your Event Signage and Nikki Design Co. / Venue, food and cake: Around 1876 / To press: Snap Circular Quay / Transport: Hunter Valley Wedding Carriages and Sydney Coach Charter / Piece of music: Sydney Chamber Orchestra / Strings Trio: Jasmine strings / Dance: Dream wedding dance studio / Photography: Tony Pott's wedding photography / Video: The peak day / Accommodation: The Convent Boutique Hotel Hunter Valley / Hair and makeup: Lisa Fowler hair and makeup / Groom outfit: 21 concept store / Celebrant: Gary Mooney