WEDDING PLANNER Q&A SERIES: MaKenna Holst

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 third Q&A, we talked to MaKen­na Holst; Own­er of Per­fect­ly Planned Moments from Cor­valis, Ore­gon.

Intro­duc­tion:

Many of us are find­ing our­selves with a LOT of extra time on our hands these days in the land of pan­demics and quar­an­tines… I’m a wed­ding plan­ner work­ing with many cou­ples who are in the process of post­pon­ing their wed­dings, and I’m also a bride in the process of post­pon­ing my own wed­ding. Guu­url, it has been a long last few weeks for me. 

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

Luck­i­ly, a lot of plan­ning can be done remote­ly! Have you checked out GenTux’s online por­tal where you can design your suit/tux looks from your com­put­er screen? Swatch­es can be shipped to your doorstep, as can free suit/tux home try-on’s so you can be sure you’re order­ing in just the right size! 

So, what if you’re not wear­ing a suit? Some of my favorite brides­maid dress com­pa­nies are Birdy Grey, Azazie and Lulu’s, and all of them have online stores! Right now, a lot of bridal shops are closed, but that’s not the only way to find your dream wed­ding dress! PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has sec­ond-hand dress­es (brides­maid dress­es too!) being sold by brides who would love to see their gowns worn again, and Anom­alie is a wed­ding dress com­pa­ny that designs one-of-a-kind dress­es for their brides via their web­site sketch soft­ware (SO cool!), phone calls with a design­er, swatch box­es mailed to your door, your per­son­al mea­sure­ments to ensure a per­fect fit, and pho­to inspi­ra­tion boards where you can add any pho­tos you want. A tru­ly cus­tom and per­son­al expe­ri­ence!

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

If you’re like me and had to post­pone your bach­e­lorette par­ty, con­sid­er sched­ul­ing a bach­e­lorette wine night with your ladies via Zoom, Google Hang­outs or even the Face­book Video App!

Involve your wed­ding par­ty in the post­pone­ment process if you need their help. They’re there to sup­port you!

Have your wed­ding par­ty select their Gen­Tux suits/tuxes and dress­es. We all have extra time on our hands these days, it’s the per­fect time to knock this off the To Do List!

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

Let’s face it…nobody saw COVID-19 com­ing, and there’s no eti­quette pro­to­col for how to post­pone a wed­ding dur­ing a pan­dem­ic. We are all estab­lish­ing that pro­to­col now, togeth­er. Take a deep breath! What would Emi­ly Post do in this sit­u­a­tion? Nobody knows! Instead, approach your guests with their health and safe­ty as your top pri­or­i­ty! They’ll under­stand and appre­ci­ate it.

If con­tact­ing your entire guestlist to let them know about your change of plans feels over­whelm­ing, tak­ing a divide and con­quer approach works well! Con­sid­er giv­ing your partner’s par­ent a quar­ter of the guest list to con­tact, while you give your par­ent anoth­er quar­ter, and then split the rest between you and your hon­ey. Get­ting your wed­ding par­ty involved to spread the word can relieve some stress too! Call­ing, email­ing, and even tex­ting guests to let them know about this change of plans is fine—another for­mal invite might con­fuse them with­out any oth­er con­text.

Once every­one knows what’s going on and you have a new date, con­sid­er send­ing out some Change the Date’s! You can use any Save the Date tem­plate and just change up that word­ing! Fol­low it with anoth­er set of for­mal invi­ta­tions clos­er to the new date, and car­ry on as usu­al.

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

This is a strange time for all of us. After post­pon­ing my own wed­ding and let­ting guests know what our plan is, hon­est­ly, going about with wed­ding plan­ning as usu­al when noth­ing else about life feels usu­al is HARD. If you post­poned your wed­ding, you’ve bought your­self some time to breathe. It is okay to take a break if you need to. Your emo­tion­al ener­gy is lim­it­ed and valu­able! All of your ven­dors will under­stand if you need to hit pause, and we’ll be here to sup­port you and con­tin­ue with the plan­ning process when you’re ready to return.

 

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

 

MaKen­na Holst — Own­er 

Per­fect­ly Planned Moments

Web­site: https://www.perfectlyplannedmoments.com/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/perfectlyplannedmoments/

Here are a few images from one of MaKen­na’s lat­est per­fect­ly planned moment.

pho­tos by Kin­dred Wed­dings

 

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