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How to Get Married in the Time of COVID (And Get the Celebration You Really Want)

Wedding During COVID

While 2020 might not have turned out to be the wedding year you originally hoped for, there’s a silver lining in achieving the wedding celebration you envision. For those who want to get married now, Oak Parc Events has intimate wedding packages and, for the first time, we’re offering a bonus 1st year anniversary celebration. Even though the ceremony itself is smaller and more intimate, you’ll have the option to pack the house with guests when it comes time to celebrate a successful end to your first year of marriage.

 

Why a Small Wedding?

The Covid-19 pandemic forced a change of plans for a lot of brides and engaged couples. However, a small wedding is hardly a lesser option. Our intimate wedding packages are enchanting, endearing and far more than what you’d get from eloping in a courthouse. Even if the judges did decide to hand out delicious cake and bubbly champagne, the intimate experience with Oak Parc Events couldn’t be beat. 

There’s just something special about small weddings. Many brides think they need hundreds of guests, but the moment they experience the private moments as well as the moments shared in the comfort of their closest friends and family, they immediately understand what makes these weddings, well, intimate.

 

Pick an Intimate Wedding Package

Like any good wedding plan, it’s important to start with ceremony. With our intimate wedding packages, you’ll enjoy the time you need at the venue to use our bridal suite, host your ceremony and more. We even have options that include time for reception and pictures. Oh, and you’ll have help while you’re at it. You can choose a package option with a dedicated planner to coordinate all included vendors, coordinate your ceremony and ensure everything is running smoothly the day of your event. Beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces provide picture-perfect settings and healthy distancing measures. Food stations, butler passing, cake service and a champagne toast are included in some packages to really round out your wedding day in style.

If you want to learn more about what’s offered in each package, check out our informational packet.

 

Invite Your Guests without Guessing Games

At Oak Parc Events, we offer intimate wedding packages for couples who don’t want to wait things out or postpone once again in order to get married. An intimate wedding in the perfect setting is just the option you’re searching for — especially when it matters who is there and how many are there to witness it. Whether your guest list involves 1-26 people or 26-50 people, our intimate wedding packages are tailored to accommodate your special day.

 

Declare Victory with Your Vows

Something as important as your wedding can’t wait. An intimate wedding means that you’re ready to move forward with marriage without even more waiting games and challenges outside your control. It’s a feeling of victory. It’s what marriage is really all about, right? And, we have just the follow-up celebration that’ll give your close friends and family something exciting to look forward to.

 

Throw an All-Out Celebration for Your 1st Year Anniversary

On your one-year anniversary, you will be able to have the celebration that you originally envisioned except now it means even more! Renew your vows in the same spot you originally tied the knot a year earlier — only now,  you can stand in front of each other and all your guests knowing that you overcame so much adversity the world unexpectedly threw your way. It’s a beautiful way of saying that your marriage will survive anything.

The atmosphere alone will be pure magic. While all your guests are with you to celebrate your one-year anniversary, they’ll be full of a little extra joy at the freedom to get out and dance and hug and kiss and be together again. And guess what? They’ll have your marriage to thank for that.

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Oak Parc Events is a premier wedding planning group and a host to stunning wedding venues located in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Chat with us at (225)744-3344 to discuss scheduling your date, booking ceremony packages and making your special day spectacular.

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Tips for Planning a Wedding During COVID-19

Tips for Wedding Planning During COVID-19

There’s so much to think about when planning your big day, no matter where your wedding date falls on the calendar. But if it happens to be in the middle of an unprecedented event like COVID-19, you might be wondering what you should be doing in a time like this. As of March 16, the White House advised that gatherings of more than 10 people be postponed until further notice. Furthermore, on March 15th, the CDC asked to comply with postponing gatherings of more than 50 people for the following eight weeks.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by wedding planning during this time of uncertainty, you’re certainly not alone. This global pandemic is affecting couples planning their wedding and wedding planners alike. As always, Oak Lodge and Parc 73 want to help you during every step of your wedding journey, especially during a time like this. We’ve put together some tips with expert advice to help you plan your wedding during COVID-19.

 

Take a Deep Breath

We understand that this is a hard time for everybody right now. With some patience, flexibility, and being surrounded by positive people, we are certain you will still find a way to celebrate your special day. As things continue to change during this uncertain time, a lot of things remain out of our control. However, you can shift your focus to what you can control – what marriage really means to you. Reflect on your relationship with your significant other at this time, and what truly matters most to you both in celebrating your wedding. Take these conclusions and start planning for your big day, whatever that may look like to you! And as you prioritize your health, self-care, and each other, use this upcoming time at home to move forward with your new plans.

 

Consult With Your Team

We encourage couples to try to speak with your entire wedding planning team at the SAME time so everybody is on the same page. This may include your wedding planner, catering team, wedding party, venue, DJ, photography team, or anybody else involved in the day. Remember: if your goal remains to have all of your family and friends attend your big day, it should be in the safest way possible. Whenever you are thinking about which date to postpone your wedding to, try to find a date that feels good for everyone involved.

 

Send Out New Cards

If you’ve made a decision to postpone your wedding, try to send your guests “Change the Date” cards to let them know about this change. If you decided not to postpone your wedding or you’re planning for a future wedding, you can send out a card explaining that you’re going to keep an eye out for more information. Also, if you have a wedding website, like The Knot, you can provide updates to guests as they happen.

 

Positive Accounts on Social Media

Trying to bring your spirits up? It is a good idea to follow social media accounts that are positive. If you follow someone that complains and creates negativity on your timeline, it’s a good idea to unfollow them. This negativity could not only bring negativity into your wedding planning, but it can make you feel anxious and uncertain. There are many wedding planners, venues, and florists that are making it a mission to share happiness and positivity and help you find creative ways to celebrate this special time with you!

 


As the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) remains fluid, we are on a mission to give you the most up to date advice on how we can best help plan your wedding. You are not in this alone. We will help guide you through every step of the way to ensure your dream wedding. 

If you’re planning a wedding in southern Louisiana, call us at l or contact us today to schedule a tour of our two beautiful venues in Baton Rouge and Prairieville for any of your wedding festivities! If you would like more information on our COVID-19 response, please visit here. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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5 Tips for Heat-Proof Summer Weddings in Southern Louisiana

Five Tips for Heat-Proof Summer Weddings in Southern Louisiana

Summer will be here before we know it, and so will wedding season! Although there are weddings year round, the typical wedding season usually begins in late spring and continues through early fall, with a peak in June and September. According to WeddingWire, the summer months of May and June both actually rank as some of the most popular months to get married. While some of our brides may want to avoid the scorching temperatures of summer in South Louisiana, these are actually some of the most beautiful months to get married! The sun is shining bright, and the days are longer – the perfect combination for an unforgettable fête. There are also many beautiful options for outdoor venues if you’re not afraid to brave the heat. Whether you’re a wedding planner or planning your own special day, we’ve put together some tips for planning the summer wedding of your dreams.

Plan Early

Since summertime is typically a demanding time for weddings, you must try to plan early. Many wedding venues fill up fast for this time of year, so plan to decide on your venue at least 6 months out (that means now if you’re planning a Summer 2019 wedding!). Summers are also packed with family vacations and other special occasions, so you should send out your wedding invitations early so your guests can plan ahead.

Dress For The Weather

If there’s one thing for certain about summer weddings, it’s that it’s going to be hot! If it’s an outdoor wedding, be mindful when picking out the attire for your bridal party. You don’t want them sweating through their tuxes and dresses on a hot Louisiana summer day! Light, airy fabrics like linen are perfect for the guys. Loose, breezy dresses would be beautiful and comfortable for your girls. And when it comes to your wedding dress, make sure you choose a dress that is breathable with a lighter fabric, and lets you move comfortably throughout the day.

Keep Cool & Stay Hydrated

People often get overheated and dehydrated in the summer months, and with the busyness and excitement of your wedding day, it’s easy to overlook hydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and don’t forget about your guests either! You can set out a Pinterest-worthy water cooler with water bottles for your guests, or provide fans and handkerchiefs to help everyone keep cool. If part of your day will be celebrated outside, talk to your wedding coordinator for ideas on how you can provide some additional heat relief, such as a shaded area or tent, especially for your older or more heat-sensitive guests.

Be Mindful When Choosing Flowers

You may be dreaming of pretty pink peonies, but keep in mind that there are certain flowers that are not meant to withstand the summer heat. Luckily, there are plenty of pretty summer flowers, including Calla Lilies, Asters, Daisies, Lavender and many more. Orchids are a great choice for summer bouquets for their summer-like appearance and ability to withstand the summer heat without wilting. You can also experiment with other wedding decorations and centerpieces if you are afraid of your flowers wilting. Consider lanterns or other decorations that will not only hold up better in the sun but can also be less expensive. Lots of brides today are even opting out of the traditional real flower bouquets and going with something like paper flowers. Feel free to look for alternatives that can bring a creative touch to your day while also serving as a sweet keepsake for you and your bridesmaids!

The summer heat and heavy food don’t mix! Try to plan a seasonal menu that is light and refreshing with plenty of fresh produce, such as fruit skewers or fruit salads. Savory and airy pastries, a fresh Bruschetta, and a cool Shrimp Cocktail would make excellent hors d’oeuvres. Other great options for your summer wedding are grilled fish or chicken with steamed seasonal vegetables. And never underestimate a good summer salad! A great wine pairing for your summer fare would be a chilled white or rosé wine, and a refreshing signature summer cocktail would also help keep your guests lively and cool!

If you’re considering a summer wedding in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, call or contact us today to schedule a tour of our two beautiful venues in Baton Rouge and Prairieville for any of your wedding festivities! We guarantee that our experienced planners and accommodating staff at Oak Lodge and Parc 73 can help you heat-proof your day, and create an unforgettable celebration that everyone will enjoy!

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