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Engaged during lockdown?

12 January 2021

Did you get engaged during lockdown? Whether it be lockdown 1, 2 or 3 – congratulations! It may feel a strange time to even think about the big day yet, but let’s not dwell on the fact that things are certainly different at the moment, let’s start things off by celebrating.

It might not feel ‘normal’, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. We’ll all be celebrating when lockdown is over, but make sure you have the chance to celebrate your special news – albeit it virtually for the time being.

We’ve all become accustomed to Zoom, so why not create a virtual engagement party via zoom? You could do two – one with family and one with friends. Pour your favourite drink and celebrate with your family and friends. It may be the first time that groups have all seen each other at the same time, so enjoy sharing your news and celebrating together.

A few ideas to help ensure the zoom parties don’t fall flat are to think about games. Why not ask your best friends to create a ‘Mr & Mrs’ game for you? This is always a great ice breaker, and you will have a good giggle with answering the questions!

If you feel you have both decided on whom you would like in your wedding party, then why not ask your friends to be your best man or maid of honour, groomsman and bridesmaids over Zoom? You could do it ‘Love Actually’ style with pieces of paper leading to the question or have some flowers, cupcakes or beer delivered to their doors!

If you’ve already celebrated, then it’s time to get organised!

Wedding stationary is another level of organisation and there’s a variety of beautiful planners and organisers to choose from. Find your style and set aside some time to think about what type of your wedding you and your partner like. Small, intimidate, casual or bright, neutrals, black tie, country or boohoo? Have a think about numbers too, this will help what venue style you go for as many have a maximum capacity. Having a good idea on your guest list will help cause less frustrations later down the line.

Get shopping!

If you can’t go to the shops, bring the shops to you. Make a date on Zoom with your friends to give you a helping hand on what to research and look for. You can all research together over a few drinks or an Afternoon Tea delivery and tell your friends your type of style and what they can help with.

Creating a WhatsApp group is also useful, so you and your friends can send photos and links to each other. Many shops are doing virtual appointments, so give this a try. It may not feel the same but getting ahead will only help when the shops are back open to meet in person.

Don’t leave it too late.

If you’re thinking of a 2022 wedding, then get in quick. Many 2020 and 2021 weddings have been postponed, so venues and suppliers may be limited.

A lot of venues have adapted with virtual show rounds – just like us. A wedding planner can be available to speak to online whilst showing you around the venue. Even if it’s to get an idea of what the venue is like, you will be able to cross some venues off the list and be left with your chosen few. This way, when normality resumes, you are ahead of the game and can book an appointment to visit.

Using this time wisely, will allow you to enjoy all the fun stuff! Tackle all the little bits you would usually have to make time for – think about your wedding music playlist, your first dance and even table planning. This can often be a headache task, but if you have the number of tables needed at hand for your venue then they will be delighted with your organisation.

At The Historic Dockyard Chatham we offer 2 wedding venues, and a variety of packages to suit individuals. If you would like to get in touch, have a virtual show round and speak to our wedding coordinator, Chloe Wilson, then contact us via email at:

Follow our wedding Instagram page for a flavour of our weddings that help to give an insight on our venues, our unique backgrounds for gorgeous wedding photos and a glimpse into how our beautiful site can be transformed into your special day.

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