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Pandemic Wedding Planning: Tips on Adjusting Your Plans, Incorporating a Micro Wedding, & Caring for Your Florals

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If you’ve been planning a 2020 wedding, your plans have most likely been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. From temporary closures, to supply chain issues, to capacity limits, the pandemic has created serious challenges for couples planning their weddings. We know firsthand how difficult it’s been. More than ever, we are dedicated to helping our couples have beautiful weddings, despite the adjustments they may have to make.

How Our Couples are Adjusting their Weddings During the Pandemic

Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to planning a wedding, there’s no right way to adjust your wedding plans during the pandemic. However, we’ve seen two main approaches taken by our couples, which we will share here.

The first approach is to shift entirely to a micro wedding. Some couples have decided to forego the traditional big celebration in favor of the intimate micro wedding. This involves making big changes to the original plan—significantly reducing the guest count, making cuts to the catering and decor, and potentially shifting the venue as well.

The other approach we’re seeing is couples postponing their big weddings until next year, and having an intimate micro wedding this year. For these couples, celebrating and dancing the night away with friends and extended family is still very important. But they also want to be able to say “I do” on the special day they’ve been planning for. This hybrid approach allows them to get married now in the presence of their immediate family and closest friends, but still have the big, beautiful wedding they’ve always dreamed of next year.

Our Micro Wedding Floral Packages

Whatever approach you decide to take, we’d love to help you create a beautiful micro wedding. We are now offering the following micro wedding packages:

  1. AFD Micro Wedding Package. Includes 1 designer bouquet, 1 boutonniere, and 1 altar arrangement. Investment starts at $375. Sound like just what you need? Book here.
  2. All-Inclusive Micro Package. We’ve teamed up with our photographer friends Luke & Ashley Photography, the Williamsburg Winery, and wedding planner Wedding Co. of Williamsburg to offer an all-inclusive micro package. Investment starts at $1900. Learn more about this experience and book the package here.
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How to Care for Your Micro Wedding Florals

Many people choosing the micro wedding route have chosen to get married out of the area. If you’re driving to a destination for your wedding, you may have to transport your own florals.

Here are a few considerations to keep in mind for keeping your micro wedding florals fresh:

  • First and foremost, if you are transporting your bouquet yourself, be sure to do it safely! Keeping the bouquet out of the sun is KEY! Even though you may have the air conditioning blasting, the sun still gets magnified through the windows. If the bouquet is in direct sunlight for the whole ride, your petals WILL burn. Use cardboard or a curtain to block the window, so the sun does not directly hit your flowers. To protect your bouquet, place it in a vase of water, then place the vase in a low cardboard box with stiff paper around to stabilize the vase. Place the box in the car out of the sun, either wedged between items or seatbelted in the back seat.
  • Avoid white blooms, as they tend to do the poorest while traveling in heat.
  • Avoid flowers that open quickly in the sun, particularly tulips and peonies. Other delicate flowers such as Queen Anne’s lace, veronica and larkspur are also susceptible to wilting in a car.
  • If you are transporting boutonnieres and corsages, keep them in the sealed container your florist put them in. As long as the car has A/C and you keep the pieces out of direct sunlight, they should travel fine for a few hours. You can also put them in an insulated cooler bag on top of some frozen water bottles to be extra safe.
  • Transporting a centerpiece? Be sure to check the water levels in the vase often, as water can slosh out in transit.
  • If you need to store your flowers overnight before driving to your wedding location, DO NOT put them in a food refrigerator. A household fridge is kept about 10 degrees colder than a floral fridge, and most foods give off gas that kills flowers. Boutonnieres and corsages that are sealed in plastic bags will do well overnight in a food fridge.

Ready to Start Planning Your Micro Wedding?

Planning your micro wedding? Be sure to DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE to keeping your flowers fresh on your wedding day.

Want to learn more about our floral design packages for weddings? Get in touch here. We can’t wait to chat about your special day!

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Venue: Two Rivers Country Club | Photographer: Sarah Lin Photography

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