January 2021 Planning Open Thread

Same story, different year

You already know what I’m going to say, don’t you? You do. Well, I can’t help myself… I’m going to yell it… HOW ARE WE STILL HERE?!? WHY ARE WE STILL HERE?! CAN’T I JUST PLAN A WEDDING LIKE ALL MY FRIENDS (and past clients) DID?!? Whew, okay. I feel a bit better. Have you yelled lately? Or screamed into a pillow? 10/10 recommend.

So here we in January, of 2021, and the state of the pandemic and the world is no better than they were last year, and in fact, things are worse. So, if you are also in the wedding planning club, this post is for you. Because, as I said months ago… this is a marathon, not a sprint, we are all going to need some complaining breaks, and we don’t have to do it alone.

Quick update from my personal wedding planning journey: We found the perfect private property where we started to plan our small (30-ish person) wedding for Summer 2021. Then, in the midst of the holiday season, we found ourselves questioning it for so many reasons… namely: will it be safe? and do we really want to spend that much money on this version of a wedding? And I think the answer has shaken out to ‘NO’ on both counts. So, we’re leaning into the idea of a super small (10-ish people) elopement-style ceremony on a special date this summer. And also, we’re frozen with anxiety from making any solid decisions. So, this professional wedding planner has planned precisely nothing. Fun.

Anyway, we’re back with your same open thread in the new year. So, here are some ideas on how to use it:

  • Share your wins—this is the kind of content we all need. Tell us about the new date you chose and love, the elopement plans you’re solidifying, or how this extra planning time is allowing you to DIY your heart out.
  • Ask for advice—I can’t promise to have all the answers, because… pandemic life. But, between my 10-years of wedding planning experience and the benefit of connecting with other folx in the heat of planning… maybe we will have the answers you’re looking for.
  • Scream into the abyss—I mean it when I say… this is a safe space. Wedding planning is hard in normal times and warrants regular complaining breaks. Wedding planning during a pandemic? Whew.

So, APW… How are you holding up? What are the latest developments in your wedding planning journey? What questions do you have? Which struggles are the most present? How can we help? 

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