In some areas, the COVID-19 pandemic is waning while in others concerns about variants are increasing, even among those who have been vaccinated.
Even as the coronavirus continues to evolve, weddings are still being planned, including destination weddings. If your dreams always include traveling to a magical place, read on. We have expert advice to keep you safe and preserve your dreams.
Be flexibleThe best advice the experts at Brides Magazine can give about planning a destination right now is to be flexible and be prepared. As restrictions are lifted in some areas, people are rushing to finalize wedding plans. But beware of health risks, including news on travel variants and restrictions, and government COVID-19 guidelines.
“Unfortunately, we’ve seen that these two don’t always line up – sometimes the laws are too lax when the risks are high and sometimes too strict when the risks are low,” said Annie Lee of Daughter of Design and Plannie. at Brides. “There has been an unpredictability and a whim when local government officials update the COVID-19 rules, so couples continue to plan both optimistic and cautious scenarios until all is really behind us. “
Play it safeWhatever you decide to do, make the best health decision for you and your guests. And that also means protecting your sanity. Consider reducing the stress of upcoming nuptials by reducing guest lists and making decisions as far as possible, including for next year.
“It will be almost impossible to find the right talent once the world opens up again,” Alison Laesser Keck of Alison Bryan Destinations told Brides. “Book as soon as possible! Whether you do it alone or with an organizer, you’ll want to book multiple of your vendors simultaneously as a venue to ensure availability.
Hire a plannerA destination wedding, with the extra layers of travel and now a pandemic, is much more complicated than your average wedding. Hiring a planner who specializes in destination weddings can help make your big day as stress free as possible.
“Make sure you get one before signing a contract,” says Laesser-Keck. “There are COVID-19 policies and other things to negotiate. Today more than ever, these strategies are vital. Plus, if you have to postpone again, your planner’s relationship with vendors will be everything.