WEDDING PLANNER Q&A SERIES: Reneille Velez

We reached out to some wed­ding plan­ners, and friends of Gen­er­a­tion Tux, to get their advice on how cou­ples can keep plan­ning for their wed­ding dur­ing an uncer­tain time. In our first Q&A, we talked to Reneille Velez; Own­er of Cake & Lace Events and Cer­ti­fied Wed­ding Plan­ner from Seat­tle, Wa.

What are some ways cou­ples can con­tin­ue plan­ning dur­ing this time?

Dur­ing such a time of uncer­tain­ty with COVID-19, there are a few things that can cer­tain­ly be planned and con­tin­ued in regards to plan­ning a wed­ding. While stay­ing at home, cou­ples can do a num­ber of activ­i­ties cen­tered around design! Cre­at­ing Pin­ter­est boards for each aspect of the wed­ding and list­ing out all of the items they will need to rent or pur­chase is a real­ly pro­duc­tive way to stay in “plan­ning mode” while being quar­an­tined. Find­ing the spe­cif­ic sta­tion­ary and order­ing sam­ples, pick­ing your top three cen­ter­piece choic­es to send to your florist or even which col­or charg­ers that will com­pli­ment the linen will help make plac­ing your decor order much eas­i­er. 

Online shop­ping can eas­i­ly be done at home too! From brides­maids dress­es to order­ing swatch­es for the groomsmen’s suits, spend­ing time mak­ing sure col­ors from both sides of the wed­ding par­ty com­pli­ment one anoth­er is also anoth­er way to stay pro­duc­tive while plan­ning at home.

How do you keep the wed­ding par­ty engaged and keep­ing their wed­ding in their plans?

Three words: Vir­tu­al Hap­py Hours! Sched­ule time to video chat with your bridal par­ty. And the best part? For grooms, they can order a free Home Try-on from the Gen­tux Por­tal and show every­one how rav­ish­ing­ly they look, vir­tu­al­ly, on cam­era! Brides­maids can give feed­back, see how their suit pairs and com­pli­ments their dress­es — all while on a video call and glass of wine in their hands.

The cou­ple has made the deci­sion to post­pone, what cre­ative ways are they noti­fy­ing guests and wed­ding par­ty of the change?

Don’t ‘Re-save The Date’… ‘. Send­ing out post­pone­ment invites is def­i­nite­ly a thing — and our rec­om­men­da­tion is to stay pos­i­tive. Word­ing these invites as a “Change the Date” instead of the typ­i­cal “we regret to inform you that we have post­poned our wed­ding to…” on the invite itself will make the biggest dif­fer­ence to your guests. Show­ing that you’re embrac­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in the world with the right word­ing will let your guests know you’re doing fine and the show is still going on!

What is one piece of advice you would give to a cou­ple read­ing this after they made the deci­sion to post­pone?

After decid­ing to post­pone, reach out to any guests that may have orig­i­nal­ly declined your invite! These guests may be able to attend now — which in turn, is one of the sil­ver lin­ings in this sit­u­a­tion! 

 

For more infor­ma­tion on how Gen­er­a­tion Tux is help­ing cou­ples plan dur­ing the COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion, click here.

Reneille Velez — Owner & Certified Wedding Planner 

Cake & Lace Events

Website: www.cakeandlaceevents.com

IG: @cakeandlace.events/

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Check out a few pic­tures from our lat­est styled shoot with Reneille, fea­tur­ing our Black Shawl Lapel Tuxe­do.

pic­tures by Nick Plus Danée

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