How to Start Wedding Planning During a Pandemic

If you have recently got engaged, you will want to know where to start your planning and whether Covid restrictions will have any impact on the planning process.


If you’re only just starting to plan, the only impact the current pandemic is likely to have is that more of your initial planning will be online, and there will be, almost double the amount of Civil Ceremonies taking place in 2021 and 2022, so it’s important to be organised and secure the key elements early – especially the venue and photographer. 

Here we look at some of the key points you should be considering.

You have found St Andrew’s Castle Civil Ceremonies venue

In order, to secure your wedding date, with lockdowns and the tier system in place it will be a little more difficult to travel to our venue and view.   There are options in place.

  • Finding our venue starts with online research and you are already here!

  • While in tier 4 or a lockdown, our venue may not be able to open for viewings and you should not travel unless for essential purposes.

  • Open days are coming soon so please keep in touch to find out upcoming dates.


Book with your Registration Office

Many Registration offices have limited availability due to postponements from 2020 and early 2021. It is so important to secure your date as soon as you can. 

  • Contact the Registration office on 0345 607 2060 to check availability of Registration Officers for your required date and time.

Civil Ceremony/Wedding insurance

  • We are working with couples to give them the assurances they need for the early planning stages.

Find your wedding dress or suit’s

Your outfits will be one of the biggest elements of your wedding day and with restrictions in place, you will likely need to be more organised than usual to ensure your outfits arrive in time. 

Most Brides shop for their wedding dress 6 – 9 months prior to the wedding, but with longer lead times due to a combined combination of Covid and Brexit and local restrictions causing non-essential retail to close, we recommend starting this search as soon as you can. Menswear has shorter lead times unless it is being made to order. 

  • Start your search online. Find brands, designer’s and styles you love and create a shortlist.

  • Then, find a Bridal store or Menswear shop that stocks these styles. Contact them to request an Appointment to suggest a date and time that suits you.

  • Before you visit, let the stylist know of your preferences, especially if there is a particular gown or suit you’d like to try on. 

  • Attend your appointment with confidence, you will likely know what you are looking for and because of the preparation, it is also likely that you will find the right look for you.

  • Your appointment gives you the opportunity to discuss outfits for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.


Save the Dates and other announcements

If you have or have not confirmed a venue or date, or unsure how many people you will be able to invite to your wedding, you can advise your friends and family of your plans so far. It can be an effective way to encourage them to keep possible dates free without you needing to make the commitment at this stage on who you are going to invite to your big day.

©2021 by St Andrew's Castle Civil Ceremonies. 

St Andrew's Castle

St Andrew's Street South

Bury St Edmunds


IP33 3PH

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