Life is pretty uncertain right now. We’ve had to change the way we live, work, and even catch up with our loved ones. For many of us, it feels a little bit like life is on hold, particularly if you’re in the process of planning a wedding.
But the good news is, just because you can’t get out into the world to make arrangements for your big day, doesn’t mean that your wedding planning has to come to a halt. Far from it!
With virtual wedding planning, you can keep working on your wedding plans online. Not only will this allow you to keep your wedding planning on track, but it could also serve as a great distraction from the current situation.
What is virtual wedding planning?
Today we do everything from shopping to socialising online, so why not wedding planning?
Virtual wedding planning means you can keep planning and organising, without needing to leave the house.
And, if you don’t want to make all the decisions yourself, you can even hire a virtual wedding planner to deal with some of the hard work for you. Working remotely, a virtual wedding planner operates in much the same way as a traditional wedding planner, only you’ll communicate with them online or over the phone.
Whether you choose to plan your wedding yourself or call upon the services of a virtual wedding planner, it’s a great way to keep planning when you can’t go out and about – if you’re in lockdown for instance.
It also means that, if you’re getting married in another city, country or even continent, you can plan your big day from the comfort of your own home.
Traditional vs virtual wedding planning
Whether you’re planning a wedding the traditional way or online, the things you’ll need to think about will be pretty much the same. From venues and guest lists, through to catering, flowers, invitations and, of course, the all-important wedding dress, you’ll need to cover all the essential aspects of a wedding day.
When it comes to virtual wedding planning, however, you won’t have the wedding fairs, venue visits and mammoth dress trying-on sessions. Instead, you’ll have to navigate every aspect of planning your big day remotely. However, with so many companies and resources online these days, you’ll have just as much information at your fingertips, maybe even more – and there’s always sample orders and online shopping to help you.
The challenges of remote wedding planning
Of course, remote wedding planning isn’t without its challenges.
For a start, you can’t physically see or touch things like wedding dresses, favours, décor and other items as you would do with traditional wedding planning. You also won’t be able to sample menus and drinks, or have a photography trial.
It can also feel very lonely if you’re having to plan everything sitting at home with your significant other, rather than sharing some of the experiences with your friends, family and the wedding party as you usually would do. Why not set up regular Zoom calls for your bridesmaids or groomsmen? It might not be the same as chatting over cocktails, but it will help everyone feel involved and keep you all excited about the big day.
There are now plenty of online tools to help you overcome these challenges, such as virtual venue tours.
Accessing your wedding planner
If you’re working with a remote wedding planner, you’ll work together in much the same way as you would do with a traditional one. The main difference will be in how you communicate. You won’t be able to meet with your wedding planner face-to-face, but you’ll be able to communicate with them via email, video call and over the phone.
A virtual venue tour
Of course, even if you’re planning your wedding online, you’ll still want to check out some venues before you choose where you’re going to spend one of the most important days of your life, right? Although most wedding venues have websites with plenty of photos and brochures covering the finer details, it’s not quite the same as seeing the venue in reality.
Thankfully though, an increasing number of wedding venues are now offering virtual venue tours. So, you can explore everything the location has to offer, be immersed in the venue, and even walk down the aisle, without leaving your sofa. We have a 3D virtual tour which is the perfect way to explore the venue.
Of course, planning a wedding in the traditional way, visiting venues and working with a wedding planner you can have regular face-to-face meetings with is always going to be the preferred approach for most brides and grooms to be. However, if for any reason that’s not possible right now, or perhaps you’re getting married far away from where you live, remote wedding planning offers a great second-best solution. It also means that, during these challenging times, you can continue to plan your big day and focus on the excitement of the celebrations.
What is a virtual wedding planner?
A virtual wedding planner is just like a traditional wedding planner, only you deal with them online or over the phone, rather than face-to-face.
Is it quicker to plan a wedding online?
The amount of time it takes to plan your wedding will depend on the size of the wedding, as well as the vision you’ve got for the big day. Planning your wedding online will follow many of the same steps as planning it the traditional way, but you may save time on things like visiting venues, and travelling between suppliers.
Can I get married online?
Unfortunately, here in the UK, you can’t go as far as actually getting married online! Although you can let your guests join you virtually if, for example, they’re unable to travel to be there on your big day.
Is a remote wedding legal?
While a remote wedding event might be a fun way to bring people together if you’ve had to postpone your wedding, it’s won’t be legally binding and you won’t be classed as married.
The Grubstreet Author is a relaxed London wedding venue that’s ideal for all kinds of wedding celebrations. Bringing together chic design and traditional architecture, it’s a great spot for a contemporary wedding or civil partnership in a stylish environment in the very heart of London. And, if you’re planning your wedding virtually, you can take a 3D tour of our venues here. Our wedding planner Milena Gorska can also work with you virtually, so you can start planning your big day from the comfort and safety of your home.