Home Weddings vs Covid 19

We’ve all been impacted by the current pandemic involving Covid 19. However, remember we will celebrate again! Venues, dress shops, bakeries and all your wedding vendors will reopen. You can’t cancel LOVE! So let’s talk about “Plan B”.

You’ve planned your wedding packed full of fun and personality, down to the very last detail, ensuring your ceremony and reception will be a wonderful experience for your guests. Then everything closed and we had a “stay at home” order for essentially everyone near and far. Now what do you do with all those plans you worked so hard on? Do you postpone our wedding and reschedule? After all, no one plans fore a pandemic.

Consideration now moves to home weddings, especially if you have a back yard that is lush and park like. How do you pivot from a large, lavish celebration to an intimate home wedding?

First, I want you to know that you shouldn’t underestimate what you can do with a home wedding. The sky’s truly the limit. It will still be a great experience for your guests. However, here is where the real work begins if a home wedding is in your future:

  1. Choose a new wedding date, even if it’s not your typical Saturday or Sunday. Midweek wedding dates are becoming popular and may make more sense for you and your guests.
  2. Whether your backyard is large or small, you’ll need to revisit your guests list, as any location needs to be consider for maximum occupancy and comfort. No One envisions having to revisit their guests list; however our current times will likely require you to do so. So your guests list that was originally 100, 200 or even 300+ guests simply won’t be possible in a smaller space. This will be difficult, however remember many guests who were traveling distances or have compromised immune systems may not be able to attend at this point. Who do you want and need at your celebration? Additionally, be sure to check the local guidelines in your area to ensure you are in compliance.
  3. Once you finalize your guests list, you’ll ant to coordinate with your vendors to determine who and what you’ll still need. You may need to revise y our contracts to add or remove services. If you’re working with a wedding planner, he/she will be your liaison with your vendors, handling any changes as needed. Remember your vendors are here to help you through the process, despite any changes.
  4. Even though things may be a bit different now,, things will be okay. This is a celebration about you as a couple and your love for one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff (or the big stuff for that matter). So when you’re overwhelmed, which is to be expect and completely normal, take a deep breath and remember you are not in this along. You have vendors who will be there for you and if you have a wedding planner, he/she will be your rock, your sounding board and full of ideas to re-imagine this exceptional day for your.
  5. Don’t be afraid to add a virtual component to your wedding ceremony, so guests who you couldn’t invite are able to share in your wedding day. Weddings may change a bit now, but people love to be a part of a love story and YOURS is the most important to them.
  6. Self care at this point needs to be a priority. Enjoy a glass of wine with your BFF (even if it’s a Zoom call for now), share your concerns with your planner, family or friends so you have it off your chest (you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel) or exercise (whether gyms are open or not at this point). Taking care of YOU is a priority.
  7. Lastly, don’t forget to relax and ENJOY your wedding day! Your wedding comes and goes in 4-6 hours but your love for one another will last a life time.

Happy planning during these changing times!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings by Mary

http://www.fairytaleweddingsbymary.com

Favorite Valentine Gifts

V Day

What’s your FAVORITE Valentine gift?  Is is a red heart shaped box of chocolates?  Or does your special someone give you a special piece of jewelry to show his love and appreciation?

The most popular gifts include:

  • Chocolates (candy makes the top of the list)
  • Hallmark greeting card (full of sentiment and emotion)
  • Going out for dinner or a movie (a little alone time never hurts)
  • Flowers, particularly red roses are the flower of choice at this time of year, however tulips are becoming popular
  • Jewelry rounds out the top 5 Valentine gifts (a sure winner for any special girl in your life)

Thoughtful and romantic Valentine gifts are perfect for your wife or girlfriend, but don’t forget your mom, daughter(s) or a special friend or family member.  Remember Valentines day isn’t about gifts, but about spending time with the ones you love.

Wishing you a fabulous Valentine Day my friends!

Mary Homer

Fairy Tale Weddings by Mary

http://www.fairytaleweddingsbymary.com

 

Sweets Desserts for Your Sweet Heart

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Have you gotten your Sweet Heart a little something special to show your love?  Here’s a very ideas I know you’ll enjoy.

  • Sweets for my sweetheart

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  • It’s all about the conversation

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  • It’s all from the heart

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  • For your Fashionista!

chocolate-pumps

  • Cupids arrows for your heart

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  • Let’s keep healthy

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  • A little healthy and maybe alot of fun

chocolate-covered-strawberries

 

  • Cupcake heaven

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Wishing you and yours a fabulous Valentines Day!

Mary Homer- Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

The Love Letter

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Love is one of the most powerful emotions you can feel in your life.

With Valentines Day not so far away, the biggest day of love on the calendar, I thought I’d speak about the “Love Letter”.  When you’re in love, everything is pretty, everything is perfect.  Some say you look at life through rose colored glasses.  But does your special someone write you love letters?  Would you like your special someone to write you a love letter?

Love letters have been around since the end of time.  Whether simple or elaborate they convey that strong feeling of happiness, joy and contentment with your special someone.  Love letters come from the heart and are full of emotions and sentiment.  Whether on simple white paper, special parchment paper or even a napkin, you’re sharing your feelings and emotions with your special someone.  Don’t be afraid to say what you feel or express your vow of love.  It’s the perfect time of year for this, especially if you’re in a relationship with someone.  Whether you’re newlyweds or a couple who has been married for some time, sharing a “love letter” is the perfect gift, as it’s from your heart.  Those feelings and adorations can not be purchased in a store.  They are heartfelt and real.  That’s what makes them special and memorable.  That’s what makes them yours.

So as you think about Valentines Day (and everyday), why not write a special love letter to your sweetheart? He/she will love you for it and it’ll make for lasting memories.

Happy Valentines Day!

Mary Homer-Fairy Tale Weddings & Events

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