LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
Whether you are a 2020 couple currently working with us or are planning your 2021 event during Covid, we are here to help you understand a touch more about your floral planning. Below is a guide with:
Types of current wedding redesign, post-Covid floral planning
Local vendor recommendations and lots of love.
There's so much to discuss and think through at this time especially with the ever changing dynamics regarding regulations. We want to reassure you that your wedding day will be stunning and magical. We promise to help you in every way possible.
Second to your love, and the love of your friends and family, is the beauty of your celebration. Whether you are postponing + rescheduling, adjusting the guest list, are in a holding pattern for this Autumn's weddings, or considering options for the future, we are here to carry out the stunning wedding you've always envisioned and deserve.
Now that the initial stages of the pandemic have passed, we are operating in a new normal for events. At present, that new normal is one of constant change. We understand how hard planning a wedding is when your venue is being asked to change their policies from no alcohol consumption to limited guest counts on a week's notice. We are committed to remaining flexible.
As you know from our consultation, your floral design is artistically open until 30 days prior to your event. We are here to help you experience the wedding you've stylistically envisioned and make magical moments and memories. And we have had many success weddings this summer! (Okay, this deserves and extra "!") Outlined below are a few considerations for Covid wedding planning moving forward, great resources, and some additional Pittsburgh wedding contacts. As we go, we'll pop-up with floral tips and our policies so that you are able to see real in-the-moment solutions to creative Covid planning.
For the remainder of 2020 all initial consultations will take place via phone with visuals.
Deposit - We'd like to make this as easy as possible for you. We know it requires flexibility, and we are all facing uncertain tomorrows. Your deposit with us is 100% transferable to your new date regarding Covid-19 postponements and rescheduling. A second down payment is not required, and your original deposit will be applied to your new date.
Contract - A rider will be applied to your contract for the new date.
At present, all service is masked including delivery and all on-site setup + installation work.
Boutonniere pinning is suspended until 6 feet social distancing guidelines are no longer in place, unless requested (with masked pinning). As always, if we are not pinning, we will inform your wedding planner or someone in the wedding party how to properly adhere boutonnieres and corsage to garments.
RENTAL + TAKE HOME VASE SANITIZATION
All rental items and take home vases will be sanitized after transportation and when being placed or stage at the venue.
Moving forward, all staff will submit a temperature check while working with your items and for all event day services.
I'd love to talk with you. Let us help you ease your worried mind and find creative solutions for your wedding planning. If you'd rather forego this page and jump into scheduling a phone call, zoom, or Email meeting, please reach out. We're here for you. - Valerie, Owner/ Artistic Director
Rest assured that many couples will be able to keep their wedding date and plans moving forward with adjustments, but for those looking for options particularly for Autumn 2020; below are the three trending wedding revisions. Based on what we have seen so far, a back up plan and a back up venue are great options to now act upon.
For most couples, celebrating their love with friends and family is a top priority in their wedding vision. From capturing the impromptu dance with your favorite cousin to walking down the aisle and feeling your loved ones surrounding you, a full size wedding is your plan.
We are currently in what I like to call the Summer Gap. Officials are stating that Phase One of the pandemic is still currently active, and Allegheny country has moved back into restrictions. Summer weddings are a go as of right now with masks and restrictions. We do not know how long this will last or how Autumn will be affected by Phase One or a second phase of the pandemic.
Rescheduling to 2021 is a great option, and it's wise to have a back up plan or two even for the autumnal months of 2020. Note that a back up plan doesn't necessarily mean rescheduling. It can also include a revised guest list and other considerations. We've worked with couples through the spring and summer who have had up to three back up dates and multiple venue options in line just in case. We'll be in Virginia and neighboring states with our brides as they have found new venues that are just perfect for their updated vision. I'd recommend putting you and your fiance first by knowing your options in advance.
Flower Power: If you are rescheduling your full wedding due to Covid concerns, we are with you. Your deposit is completely transferable to your new celebration date. We will do everything in our power to accommodate your new date including hiring extra staff to make sure your wedding day is perfect.
Wondering how we can help even more?
Your design is artistically open until 30 days prior to your event. That means we are able to revamp or create a new design for your season or style. Rescheduling to Autumn or next year? Tastes change, vibes change, and seasonal decor may be really important to you artistically. We are here to redesign and help you through.
*If you are changing directions or are in a holding phase, we do recommend talking with a wedding planner for non-floral elements. Some wedding planners are even offering one hour consultations to guide you through the pandemic and offer some industry insight into this new way of planning. It's a lot to consider, and they are experts at this!
PLAN B VENUE
We've noticed a trend with many of our couples who are switching venues. Whether you are staying within your original venue's "family" of locations or switching entirely, this option seems to be working out well. Please keep in mind that there are financial choices to consider when considering this option.
Some venues have satellite locations that are outdoor, are part of a chain and can provide additional options, or are out of county and are following their local restrictions. Be sure to ask the venue the questions that matter most to you. Many wedding planners are advising couples to take a long hard look at their "deal breakers." What is the most important aspects of your wedding, and what is the best, safest, and healthiest way to plan your dream with flexibility and confidence?
You may have heard this referred to as intimate, micro, elopement, backyard, couples, or pop-up. By definition, most of those descriptions aren't exactly correct in their traditional meanings, but an aspect of them is accurate. And, that's okay. At this time they are all referring to the same idea of the intimate or micro wedding. Essentially, this is the idea of having 25 or less guests at your wedding. Most of these modified weddings are being held at private residences or parks; however some venues have opened their offerings to including small wedding packages. These types of events are either pre-planned or semi-spur of the moment. It is up to your venue to determine their allowance for guest count limits or if they are cancelling all events for the remainder of the year. When planning for an intimate wedding, some vendors will have terms regarding how many guests are considered "intimate" due to the nature of their work. As a speciality floral design company, we don't place restrictions on what you would like designed. Your item selection will be redesign within your package and minimum.
We have also seen simply down-sized weddings with a smaller guest list that originally planned.
Flower Power: We can create beauty for you at any location. Inside of your home, your backyard, an Air BnB rental, intimate to large venues... Beauty travels and can be installed anywhere. The most important thing to us is that you are happy and feel surrounded by love on your big day.
If you are new to working with us and are interested in a stellar display for your intimate wedding, check out our design guide for our a la carte package.
If you are interested in a collaborative effort, we are working several wedding planners on all inclusive packages. Below are links to the packages that are ready to go:
Intimate Weddings with Postcards & Pearls:
3 All inclusive packages offering planning, florals, photography, and rentals.
Marry Now, Party Later
This may just be the best of both worlds. Your wedding date has been a part of your life now for a while and so has your commitment. Lots of couples are deciding to reschedule with their guests, venue, and vendors to marry on their current wedding date and celebrate in person with their friends and family later this year or next. I love this option! You are able to have the intimacy of your very special wedding while knowing you will have a blast (... and maybe another dress/suit!) when everyone feels safe to celebrate your journey and commitment!
Flower Power: We are happy to coordinate with you to design a lot or a little touch of flowers for your intimate wedding and plan the party of your dreams in the months to come. You can create multiple themes like family, personal interests, or seasonal or have unified design plan for both intimate ceremony + your reception to come. Again, your deposit is completely transferable, and we can talk through all of the logistics, planning, and work with your original budget goals.
Certainly moving forward there are many people who will be willing, able, and ecstatic to celebrate. While we won't be certain until things progress what limitations on guest count and social distancing will be, we are here with you to navigate and provide flexibility within your design.
There is lots of talk from industry professionals on the new trends about to emerge due to social distancing. The honest truth is that no one can be certain. No matter how things progress, we will be creative within any environment and embrace change and safety. This day is about your love... and that can be experienced and look any way you choose. Below is the main consideration for florals for 2020 and beyond with pandemic layouts for full size weddings.
Depending upon the new social distancing guidelines, venues may be required to offer different types of layouts than we've ever been accustom to... While we can't be certain yet, this would mainly be sectioning areas to limit mass groupings from table set up to micro dance floors ...yes that's an "s" on dance floors, modified cocktail hour, spaced seating. And this could all be temporary. Time will let us know.
Flower Power: I always say that each accent table (gifts, photo booth, sign-in table, doughnut bar...) is an activity for your guest and acts as a piece of entertainment! Designating "areas" staged with florals and decor is the perfect way to have your function flow cohesively. We can definitely plan for stylized centerpieces and creatively cohesive layouts. If you are downsizing on your guest list, we've been amping up the decor. Now is a great time to redesign for a large showpiece and really have a memorable styled event!
TheKnot has an extensive article detailing what the future of weddings could look like. Click here to read the article.
Pittsburgh wedding planner, Heather, from @dayofpgh is a humorous blogger and has some great advice for anyone planning in Pittsburgh specifically.
The Pittsburgh wedding community has really pulled together during this time to offer extraordinary creativity and assistance to all couples marrying and planning during the pandemic. Below are a few resources to assist as you plan other aspects of your event.
"Colorful and Creative"
Our Experience: Jessica's heart couldn't be more open! She is 100% there for you and a champion for her couples.
Our experience: P&P works endlessly for their couples. Their dedication is top-notch, on the ball, and always putting their clients first.
"For the Bold"
Our experience: Heather and her team are like no other. If you are looking for the untraditional, she's your gal. Prepare to have a lot of fun.
Boho and Chic all in one. Great to work with, creative, and wonderful with those picture perfect "moment" shots.
"Modern posed and photojournalistic" wedding photography for mainstream artistic and lifestyle imagery. Your photos will be stunning.
Adventurous + Travel
Clean, fresh, and on the go, Wanderlust Images captures life's adventures. And if anything, your wedding day is an adventure worth documenting!
If you don't see the type of service you are looking for, let us know. We can help recommend most industry professionals including anyone from officiants and your hair and make up team.
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