Wedding Tips and Resources for Wedding Planning During COVID-19

We are living in times of uncertainty, but we are hopeful that we will all celebrate again soon. We want to offer our tips on how to stay happy and healthy during this period of social distancing and self quarantines along with some great resources for wedding planning during this time. The #CallunaCrew is here for you.

XO,

Calluna


WEDDING RESOURCES

Harpers Bazaar : We Spoke to 15+ Luxury Wedding Vendors About What to Expect When Postponing Your Wedding

Brides : 12 Places to Shop and Try On Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses from Home

Brides : What to Know if You’re Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brides:The 15 Best Change the Date Cards to Send If Your Wedding is Postponed

Brides:Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic? You Should Be Asking Your Vendors These Questions

Martha Stewart Weddings: Your Guide to Sending Postponement Announcements If Your Wedding Date Changed Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Junebug Weddings: 5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Wedding Industry During COVID-19

Ruffled Blog :Stuck at home? Here’s your 14-day Virtual Wedding Planning Bootcamp

HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES

Get Creative with Brit + Co : Take advantage of free online classes through 04/09.

Zen out on Headspace: Take a minute to breathe and try Headspace for free.

Dance and get your heart rate up with The Class : Try two weeks for free.

Connect and chat with family and friends on Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime.

Take a listen to a good health + wellness podcast.

Master the art of cooking at home.

It’s okay to lay on the couch! Binge watch these shows.

Start a virtual book club with friends or family.

Take virtual museum tours at world famous galleries.


Photo by Alp & Isle

Coffee With Calluna :: Bachelorette Parties, Wedding Traditions & Technology!

We are back with a brand new #CoffeeWithCalluna and we are absolutely loving some of the questions you all have been asking! This week we have questions ranging from Bachelorette party ideas to technology at weddings. The industry is constantly changing and so are the “rules” so tonight we are sharing our answers with you!


This is a great question and we truly believe that it should be your choice which wedding traditions you choose to embrace or ignore. Ultimately, whoever walks you down the aisle is your choice and we have seen plenty of brides stroll down the aisle with both their parents, just their mom, a step-parent, sibling or you can even go solo! Don’t be afraid to mold the tradition to your own personality, after all it is YOUR big day!

Photo Credit :: Dana Romanoff


This is a fantastic question! While Vegas is always a fun option, tons of brides also stray away from it as a bachelorette party location. The answers to this question are endless but here are a some of our favorite spots for a potential bachelorette bash!

For the Outdoorsy Bride : We mentioned the Vail Collective in our Bucketlist Venue blog a few weeks ago, and we think it would be the perfect spot for a girls weekend getaway. With locations in Vail, Montana and Aspen, the outdoorsy bride will fall in love with these spots for a bachelorette weekend! For more information click here!

 

For the Foodie Bride : Admit it, sometimes vacations that are planned around delicious food are the best vacations! Try taking a culinary tour with your best gals and you are guaranteed to have a great time. We loved Travel & Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Cities for Foodies” which includes some seriously amazing places like San Francisco, New Orleans, and Nashville. Good food is often accompanied by great nightlife, arts and culture so any of these places would be a great option!


Technology is such a huge part of our world and we completely understand if you want your wedding day to simply be focused on good friends, delicious food and of course you and your new hubbys love! We love the idea of a having an “unplugged” wedding and we think there are some fantastic ways to express this to your guests. One option would be to include your desire for a phone free celebration in the wedding program, this way all of the guests will see and respect your wishes. Another way would be to have your Dj or officiant make an announcement. Your guests will understand what you want to focus to be on, and everybody will have a great time no matter what!

Want to have your questions answered! Send them to hello@callunaevents.com!


Featured Image :: Bridget Burnett Photography

Four Tips on Hosting Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Weddings have a magical way of bringing people together from across the world. It may be the case that some of your family and friends are hopping on planes and travelling far and wide to come celebrate your special day with you. Out of town guests make a huge effort to come spend the day with you, so as the hosts it’s your job to make them feel welcomed . We have compiled a list of four great tips on how to keep your out-of-town guests comfortable and satisfied.

Enjoy! Xo, Calluna


Play Tour Guide (kind of): Yes, you are most definitely going to be too busy in the days leading up to the wedding to take everyone around from place to place showing them the best spots in town. However, a little guidance never hurts, and your out of town guests will seriously appreciate the gesture. Leave an itinerary in the guest rooms giving them a timeline of the festivities and include your favorite local coffee shops, spots for a quick bite and logistical places like the nearest drug store. This will be a great way to make the out-of-towners feel at home in a new city or town, and excited to try some of your favorite spots! Some of your guests may also be making your nuptials part of a vacation, so don’t forget to include some great sight-seeing tips!

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Photo Credit: James Christianson & Otto Schulze


Lodging & Housing: Out of town guests are expected to pay for their own hotel rooms and lodging, but there are a few ways to make the planning and expense easier on your traveling guests. Recommending a variety of places for your guests to stay, ideally near the ceremony and reception sites will be tremendously helpful. Pick a few hotels with different price ranges and call in advance to see about group rates and room blocks. Offering a few options will make it extremely easy for your guests to pick their lodging and will be a great opportunity for out of town guests to meet other wedding guests!

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography


Go the Extra Mile: Traveling for some can often be a long journey full of twists and turns. After a long day of flights, sometimes all you want to do is relax in your room. Surprise your guests with something sweet and personal that will make them feel instantly at home and appreciated. While your budget may not allow for a welcome bag full of goodies, that doesn’t mean you cant treat your guests to something special. Anything from a hand written note, to a box of local chocolate to a bottle of vino will show your out of town guests how much you truly appreciate them coming.

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Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography


Transportation: Some out of town guests may chose to rent a car, but many will not so it’s a great idea to come up with some transportation options for your out of town guests. If the budget allows, hiring vans or shuttles is a great way to get your guests to and from the ceremony and reception in a timely fashion. Another fantastic option is to hire a fleet of uber cars through UberEvents for the more budget conscious couple! If paying for transportation isn’t in the budget at all, make sure to provide your guests with a list of taxi companies and other transportation resources to make it as easy as possible!

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Photo Credit: James Christianson Photography


Featured Image: Dawn Sparks Photography

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