Month: November 2020

Planning Your (Hopefully) Post-COVID Wedding

Like so many businesses these days, the wedding industry has been forced to reshape and adapt during the pandemic. People have relied more on technology to work remotely, leading to the launch of new services providing virtual experiences. 

Virtual will continue to become a piece of weddings in the future, even long past this pandemic. You will always have family members that are unable to attend. 

Be Flexible When Choosing a Date

The 2021 calendar is already filling up with rescheduled functions. As you plan your wedding in 2021 consider scheduling your wedding for a Friday night or Sunday. Try to have a backup date with the venue and priority vendors on soft hold. These can help as you plan during these uncertain times.

As of right now, in the Open Texas guidelines, “wedding receptions held outside are strongly recommended and are not subject to an occupancy limit.”

Also consider holding several small celebrations, even in different locations to make travel easier for guests. 

Be Realistic 

It is going to be hard to expect weddings to look exactly as they did before the coronavirus. The food and beverage industry has been disrupted. Buffet style meals or finger foods are not acceptable for the moment. Plated dinners will most likely be served or chef-attended food stations offered, with wait staff in gloves and masks. In most places passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails may no longer be an option, as well as self-serve water stations or self-serve bars. 

Choose Honesty

When it comes to the coronavirus, long-held wedding etiquette is pretty much no longer applicable, especially when it comes to telling guests the wedding is cancelled. You should plan to either skip the save-the-date cards or let the people you invite know that you plan to adhere to state and federal guidelines for gatherings. 

Your loved one’s support may come in the form of letters, gifts, or virtual participation instead of being there in person. Be prepared to understand that some guests may no longer feel comfortable in large group settings.

Remember the Reason for the Day

The day is about the marriage of two people who are wanting to celebrate the union with friends and family. The celebration may have to be both in person and virtually. These methods will allow everyone that wants to celebrate with you that special opportunity. 

Make Your Wedding Special

Hidden Creek offers a gorgeous outdoor venue for your special day, combining the scenery you want with the privacy you need. Our wooded venue sits beside a beautiful creek, and our open meadow is perfect for capturing magical wedding photos. We can help you plan around Covid restrictions and help set up a virtual option for friends and family. The overall goal is to showcase the most important details that are genuinely meaningful to you as a couple. Call or visit our website to schedule a tour of Hidden Creek today!

Bride holding hands with mother in law on wedding day

How To Include Your Future Mother-in-Law in Wedding Planning

Your engagement is the perfect time to pamper and promote a loving and positive relationship with your future mother-in-law, use this time wisely to get to know your future mother-in-law. 

Even for brides who have an awesome mother-in-law-to-be and an awesome relationship with her, your groom’s mom is just never going to have the same involvement in your wedding planning as your own mother. Now is the time to foster a good relationship with her. 

During all of the pre-wedding arrangements, the mother of the groom can feel left out of the fun. Traditionally, she doesn’t have many responsibilities on the big day, but you don’t have to make her feel like she has to wear beige and be silent!

Ask Her What She’d Like to Help You With

Just ask her if she wants to help with anything in particular, and you’ll likely find out she has a few talents that can really add to your wedding. And of course, she’ll get time to bond with you as you discuss the plans together. Odds are she has some expertise and recommendations to contribute. Maybe she’s amazing at arts and crafts and would love to make custom invitations for you. Or perhaps she knows the owner of a great wedding venue and can help you rent it out for your special day.

Ask What Her Wedding Day Was Like

You are excited to talk about your upcoming wedding, your mother-in-law most likely feels the same way about her special day, ask her how it went. Let her tell you what went right and what went wrong, and let her show you the pictures to prove it. She might even ask if you’d like to use something from her wedding, such as a beautiful piece of jewelry. This is a great opportunity for the two of you to bond even more.

Go with Her Shopping for Mother-of-the-Groom Dresses

Your special day will be mostly about you, but the planning process leading up to it doesn’t have to be. Give your future mother-in-law her own special time by meeting up to shop for her mother-of-the-groom dress. You’ll get some time to bond, and you’ll also get to give your input on which gowns you like best for her to wear to your wedding.

Ask Her Advice on the Wedding Registry

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take your future mother-in-law with you to add items to your registry. This is especially helpful if you’re not sure what you need in your kitchen beyond the basics. Let her help you.

Invite Her to Wedding-Related Meetings

You don’t have to invite her to every meeting. Pick a few that she might be interested in or at least anything she is involved with planning or paying for.

Encourage Your Fiancé to Get His Mom Involved

Your future mother-in-law will most likely love getting to know you, but she’d probably also love to know her own son wants her involved with the wedding. So make sure he’s the one to ask for her help once in a while.

Hidden Creek Events: Come See Our Premier Venue

At Hidden Creek, we take care of all the little details so you can focus on your special day! From catering and music to romantic lighting and even comprehensive wedding planning, we do it all. Go online or call us today to schedule a tour and consultation for your wedding!

Planning for a Socially Distanced Wedding

With the global spread of COVID-19, our definition of normal is changing. Things we took for granted, like sitting in a coffee shop or a flight to see family, are suddenly out of reach. For couples planning their “I dos”, the pandemic has caused major changes for everyone — changes so big, many couples aren’t sure what comes next.

Communicate with your guests and vendors

As unsure as everything is these days, your guests and vendors are just as confused. Family and friends are also facing a lot of questions, especially those who have to fly to be with you on your big day. With so much uncertainty, open lines of communication are essential. As soon as you know what you’re doing, pass along that information to everyone involved. Even if you’re still working out the details, just giving your guests a heads up with a change-the-date card will help calm nerves.

Get to know the latest technology 

From Zoom planning sessions to livestreaming your ceremony, there are countless ways technology can help you pull off a socially distant wedding that still feels special. Some couples are staging interactive virtual weddings by giving guests Zoom access, encouraging them all to dress up, and handing out a recipe for their signature drink so everyone can share in a special toast.

Do a Zoom tutorial and double check the internet situation at your venue. Once you feel comfortable, help your guests understand what they’ll need to do on the day of the event. Putting together a video or an easy-to-read document with screenshots will help in making the process as simple as possible.

Design a flexible dance floor

To avoid a dance floor that’s either packed with people dancing too close together or that’s completely empty because everyone is afraid, create multiple dance zones. A circle in front of the band, a few satellite floors nearby — it’s better than taping off squares to keep people apart, and anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the “main event” can enjoy a less public dance off to the side.

Know the pros and cons of your venue choices

You would have more control over your wedding having it at-home in your backyard, but professional venues will most likely have better protocols in place and have safety protocols already in place. Consider outdoor venues for larger guest counts. They’ll have more space for creative floor plans so you can spread your guests out without splitting them up in multiple rooms, and the open air will make for a safer environment.

Make Your Wedding Special at Hidden Creek

It’s okay if it takes a while to come to terms with a new vision of your wedding. You’ve waited for this moment for a long time, and compromising feels a lot like disappointment. If you can change your perspective along with your plans, you may discover that there’s still plenty of splendor in a reimagined wedding — and saving stress and money could just make your socially-distanced “I dos” feel a lot better. 

Make your special day perfect at Hidden Creek. Our beautiful outdoor venue gives you the privacy you need and the beautiful scenery you want, and our wide-open field is perfect for capturing breathtaking wedding photos. Schedule your virtual tour of Hidden Creek today!