Author: Callie Brackett

Although we expect the social gathering ban to be lifted very soon (hopefully) we do anticipate things looking a little different at weddings for the remainder of 2020. I believe guidelines will continue to loosen as people feel more comfortable and the overall Covid-19 statistics continue to decline. 

The truth is, as wedding planners we are having to step up to the plate and ensure vendors are taking precautions because unfortunately the government has not addressed the wedding industry with any specifics just yet. We hope this changes soon because while we like to think we now know everything about Covid-19 after the countless hours of research, we are just not qualified to answer a lot of the questions clients are asking us. 

But what I do know, is that clients appreciate knowing what guidelines their vendors are taking because it puts their guests’ minds at ease. Otherwise the fear will continue to linger and we will see more cancellations.

Fear not though! The show must go on and you deserve to be celebrated! We have found vendors really taking the initiative to come up with creative precautions and the list continues to evolve.

So, how should you expect your wedding to look a little different moving forward? 

Here are a few things we have noticed vendors beginning to discuss:

  • Smaller guest counts – whether it be a venue’s regulation or just overall less number of guest willing to travel
  • Seating only 6 people to a table and encouraging clients to do assigned tables
  • Spacing tables 6 ft apart
  • Ceremony seating spaced apart and possibly grouped by families
  • Possible temperature checks as guest arrive
  • Catering staff and some of your other vendors will likely be wearing masks
  • Your caterer may request you do a plated dinner instead of buffet
  • Your photographer will likely not be photographing from the dance floor

There are many more precautions that will likely take place but the above will be the most noticeable difference for your overall guest experience.

Every wedding is completely different given the group of vendors and the timing but we are here to help you along the way! 

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Why do bridal portraits?

North Carolina


You’ve hired a wedding planner and he or she has done a great job helping to hire the perfect photographer. You think that decision is made. But now, you’re considering the pros and cons of bridal portraits.

You think to yourself, “But that is such an added expense! Do I really need a portrait at my wedding?”

There are many good reasons to have a portrait done and display that portrait at your wedding. Here are three good reasons why.

1. The hectic schedule of your wedding day may or may not produce the exact picture that you will want to have hanging in your home for the rest of your life. When you schedule your portrait ahead of time, you will be relaxed. It will give you the time to capture unusual photos that you might not have the opportunity to get at your venue. The shoot will help you get to know your photographer so that on the day of the wedding, he or she will capture what is most important to you!

2. Another great reason is to enable yourself to give your hair and make up professional the chance to do a pre wedding session. You can then tweak what you liked and didn’t for your wedding day. This can eliminate the need for a trial session too.

3. Having your portrait done ahead of time allows you the ability to showcase your gown and style! Why wait until after your wedding? Let your guests see the complete vision you had and get to know you. You may love horses or being in the woods. Perhaps you love museums. Reflect your personality through your portrait background. In any case, be sure to have the portrait session at least 4 months before your big day. It will take that long to get your finished product. Ask your wedding planner for help, and enjoy your entire bridal experience!

By: Sharon Greggory

Charlotte, NC | Wedding Planner

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