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Thank you to WCCO for sharing this story about couples planning during a Pandemic. Here is the news article.

‘This Isn’t Going To Happen’: Reality Sets In For Minnesota Couples Hoping To Get Married Amid COVID-19 

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the time of year when summer wedding season should be in full swing, but the COVID-19 pandemic has sent Minnesota couples scrambling to make new plans. WCCO takes a look at what changing restrictions for celebrations will mean in the months ahead. 

Makaela Egan remembers the optimism she felt just a few months ago. After two years of planning for 200 people to celebrate their big day at Aria in Minneapolis. 

“At first I was like there’s no way this is going into June it’s going to be fine,” Egan said. “We are bummed we can’t have the day we’ve been dreaming about for two years — or, at least, I have. He just thinks we’re already married.” 

As time went by, her fiancee and NFL player J.C. Hassenauer had to help his bride-to-be face reality. 

“End of May we’re like, we have to tell everyone this isn’t going to happen,” Egan said. 

Instead, they’ll have an intimate ceremony somewhere else this month and the big party next summer. 

“I really think it’s important for people to save their date and have it be special for them and not put off getting married for a whole year,” Sarah Trotter, wedding planner with Lasting Impressions, said. 

Sarah Trotter plans 50 weddings a year. COVID-19 has postponed 30 of them. “We’re just trying to stay on top of all the different ordinances,” she said. 

Now, church ceremonies can be at 50% capacity in Minnesota. But receptions at indoor venues can only be at 25%. 

“I think it’s definitely given people more of a positive outlook on what the summer is going to look like and what they can plan for,” Trotter said. 

Trotter is still hopeful the rescheduled weddings for fall and winter will go on as planned. But as for Egan and Hassenauer, they’ll be ready to party a year from now. 

“We want to be married. That’s the most important thing. Why wait another year when we can still have the day celebrate each other and move forward with it,” Egan said. 

Trotter expects the pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on the wedding industry as a whole, as people plan for smaller weddings and re-evaluate their priorities. 

 

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Wedding insurance and COVID-19

Who could’ve seen a global pandemic coming, right? Certainly a situation difficult to predict and is still something that we are all getting used to. Nobody likes uncertainty, that’s for sure. And we can add a list of reasons why wedding insurance has such an important role. 

Although the pandemic is an unprecedented situation and cancellation insurance policies are not being offered at this time of “ongoing crisis”, wedding insurance should be on the top of the list in the planning process for couples in the future. 

Why? Because things happen, life happens. From bad weather to an illness, these are some scenarios that a wedding insurance can help with. For the couples going through the planning process, Consumers Advocate researched the best wedding insurance companies so you don’t have to take time from what is important. This can be a time to look for options, know what you need and want from a wedding insurance for your special day. 

HOW TO LET YOUR GUESTS KNOW YOU ARE POSTPONING YOUR WEDDING DUE TO COVID-19

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My life as a wedding planner has always been about juggling. Juggling multiple clients, todo lists, deadlines and appointments and I have always found the controlled chaos of wedding planning an environment that I thrive on. I am organized, detailed and I do my best to be on top of all communication for my clients. After starting Lasting Impressions 13 years ago I could give you hundreds of reasons and examples on why I feel having a wedding planner would save you not only stress but also money while planning your wedding.
Here are just a few….
1. Experience of an expert
2. Planners will fight for your wedding vision and keep everything on track.
3. Planners will save you tons of money by not making costly mistakes
4. Gives Valuable Advice in tricky situations

Covid-19

But as I sit here and write this post we are in unprecedented times. We are currently living in the middle of a “Stay at Home Order” For the Covid-19 Virus and my days are not filled with sending over floral ideas, updated budgets and Beautiful images. My days are filled talking to our couples about the virus, the information we have (and dont have) and just trying to be a shoulder for them to lean on and a friend to call. We are all in this together!!

As a wedding planner I am reconfiguring and rescheduling not only tons of weddings.. but also 3 weeks worth of meetings that have been planned and now need to be re-planned for when the government lifts the restrictions. The reason I bring this up is.. This is my job and This is why I have a job!! I am here to assist couples not only with the little questions about guest count, cake flavor, bridesmaids gifts, but also with the big decisions like postponing their wedding. We are here to spend hours rescheduling, reworking contracts, redoing timelines so that you get to have the wedding you dreamt about.

If there was ever a time to hire a planner, it’s now. “You’re not paying a planner for when things get rosy, you’re paying a planner for when shit hits the fan. It has, and we’re ready and here to advocate for our clients and future couples.”

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To say the last week has been a whirlwind or a nightmare would be an understatement! A week ago we knew that COVID-19 was going to impact  our  lives, but never did I imagine a week later that we would have had to postpone/cancel 6 weddings for April and early May!!

There have been TONS of resources that have been developed in the last month to assist vendors and couples navigate these unfamiliar waters of moving dates around, etc. One thing I wanted to quickly address is what is the best way to let your guests know that you are moving your wedding date when the invitations have went out.

I asked my friends over at Paper Rock Scissors on what they recommended and here is what Liz had to say.

Your website needs to act as the best friend in this situation… just keeping that home page as the hub of the latest information for those guests who are wondering what is happening with these events. 

The actual announcement itself could be a simple email out to your guests, a designed email that you send out to your guests or a 2nd mailing that could be sent out to guests.”

Different Ways to word your postponement announcement

POSTPONEMENT/ CANCELLATION WORDING

(NO INFORMATION YET)

Due to recent events

the wedding of

Jane Doe

and 

John Smith

has been postponed

more information to follow

Please stay up-to-date with our most current plans

and any additional changes on our website:

www.janeandjohnswedding.com

———————-

(NO INFORMATION YET)

Updated wedding details from 

Jane Doe and John Smith

Due to current circumstances our wedding will no longer take place as scheduled.

We are working to make new arrangements so that we can share this day with all of our loved ones.

A new date will be shared with you soon.

Please check our wedding website for the most up-to-date information:

www.janeandjohnswedding.com

———————-

(NEW DATE)

The wedding of

Jane Doe

and 

John Smith

at The Machine Shop

Minneapolis, Minnesota

has been rescheduled for

May 8, 2021

Please stay up-to-date with our most current plans

and any additional changes on our website:

www.janeandjohnswedding.com

———————-

(NEW DATE AND NEW VENUE)

The wedding of

Jane Doe

and 

John Smith

has been rescheduled for

May 8, 2021

at The Machine Shop

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Please stay up-to-date with our most current plans

and any additional changes on our website

www.janeandjohnswedding.com

———————-

(CANCELLATION)

Announcement 

We regret to inform you that due to current circumstances

the wedding celebration of

Jane Doe 

and 

John Smith

has been cancelled.

We thank you for your understanding. 

———————-

MORE FORMAL OPTIONS

(POSTPONEMENT NEW DATE AND VENUE)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Forrester

announce that the marriage of their daughter

Jennifer Marie

to

Nicholas Jude Strickland

has been postponed to

Saturday, the twentieth of September 

at six o’clock

Church of Christ

Edina, Minnesota

———————-

(CANCELLATION – FORMAL)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Forrester

regret that the current circumstance  

obliges them to recall their invitations

to the marriage of their daughter 

Jennifer Marie

to

Nicholas Jude Strickland

On Saturday, the second of May

 

Some other visuals that could be helpful for you would be these screenshots you can share with your guests:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9xuzd-H3kQ/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B916ozKD3-H/

As I go through photos of Riley and Shane’s Lafayette Club Summer Wedding it makes me have a deep craving to get back to weddings and the lake!! It also makes me realize how much gathering is how our culture has been taught to celebrate. Riley and Shane invited well over 350 guests to their wedding and they both had large wedding parties!! My philosophy has always been the more the merrier and I am sure that when we are able to return to celebrating weddings when COVID passes I will appreciate the large gatherings even more!

Riley and Shane were amazing to work with and I was also so happy to work with a great group of vendors on this wedding!! The photos do not show the July Heat that this bride and groom and wedding party stood in all day.. they were real troopers!! Blush, Champange and Greenery complimented the Lafayette Club Ballroom.. a classic combination.

Vendors

Reception Site – Lafeyette Club

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Stationery – A Milestone Paper

Ceremony Site – Mt. Olivet

Makeup- Refeyeance 2

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

DJ and Photobooth – 2 The Maxx Entertainment

Hair – Hair expressions by Kari

Floral – Stacey’s Nursery

Chair Rental – The Seatery

Photography Janelle Elise Photography

Videography – Story of Us Films

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 Diamond Ring Cleaner

As I am spending more and more time at home due to COVID-19, I have been cleaning more and more and I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Diamond Ring Cleaner from one of my favorite Bloggers Living with Landyn.

The best thing about this DIY Diamond Ring Cleaner is that you have all of the tools already on hand at home!!
All you need is..

  • Windex
  • Dawn
  • microwave-safe dish
  • soft toothbrush

Pour equal parts Windex and Dawn into the dish, and microwave the mixture for about 1 minute
CAREFULLY remove the hot mixture from the microwave.
Submerge the jewelry, and let is soak for at least 10 minutes.
Use toothbrush and give everything a gentle scrub and then rinse with water, and dry with a paper towel and you are all set!!

I try and wash my ring once a week to keep it just as shiny as it was when I got engaged!!! When I am on the go I always keep a Diamond Dazzle Stick in my car for quick touchups

When I am on the go I always keep a Diamond Dazzle Stick in my car for quick touchups. For Non-Diamond Cleaning this machine has been amazing for cleaning gold, silver, sunglasses, and everything in between that we need to keep disinfected!!