In this unprecedented time here are 7 tips for you brides dealing with COVID-19 aka The Coronavirus while planning their wedding.
If you haven’t figured out by now it is looking like all of the spring (March – June) weddings world- wide are going to be postponed to late summer or fall. You can expect that this will be one of the busiest seasons for wedding vendors EVER. If you can, make sure to reschedule your wedding as soon as possible. Not only are we seeing that most public gathering are being banned but it is also very socially irresponsible, as we’re hearing stories of couples who have gone ahead with weddings and have spread it to all of their guests. At this point it is just not worth the risk, and we hope you agree.
2. SETTING YOUR NEW DATE:
Don’t expect to book another Saturday like your spring date, or even a year from your original date. Most vendors have held those dates for other couples who have booked for those weekends up to 1-2 years out. Also many vendors are not able to just move your date to the next year as most vendors need to keep those dates open to future brides in order to stay in business. All vendors are working to accommodate couples into their fall season but most vendors have a fall season that is already very busy (it is usually the busiest part of the year). If you can consider having your wedding on a Sunday, Friday, or even a weekday to make sure that everyone involved can stay on your team it would probably help everyone involved. Additionally some vendors may require the remainder of the balance before booking your new date, so be prepared for that too.
3. IF A VENDOR CAN’T RESCHEDULE:
If for some reason one of your vendors needs to bow out don’t expect them to shoulder the full responsibility of this crisis. Most vendors have phrases like acts of God or force major in their contracts for situations just like these. If for some reason you are not able to keep everyone from your original team then depending on the contract you may not have to pay them the remaining balance but you can expect to lose your retainer. Some photographers/videographers are able to send associate photographers (those who that photographer has trained or trusts to shoot your event) so also check to see if they offer a service before canceling a contract.
4. HIRE A PLANNER NOW:
If you already have an independent wedding planner (in addition to a venue coordinator) then you can skip this step. If you don’t I hope you now realize how important they are. Wedding planners who have had couples getting married in April- May have most likely already rescheduled couples’s dates and have moved them over to a fall date that works best for everyone. Planners have a vast network of connections and if one of your vendors had to part due to unavailability then a planner will easily be able to provide suggestions for you.
“planners are able to see things in a bigger picture sense in how it affects your whole team. they work with the venue and your photographer so you don’t have to be playing pingpong with all your vendors while you’re also sad” – Debby with Amber Events
5. DECREASE GUEST COUNT:
Changing your date and possibly your location can be difficult especially if you’ve already had to part with some of your previous wedding team. One way to deal with this is to decrease the headcount for your new date to save on what you would have originally spent in the first place. This will also lead to a more intimate wedding day with only the ones who matter most to you!
6. DON’T POSTPONE YET IF:
Your wedding falls in the months of July-December don’t worry about rescheduling just yet. We’re beginning to see a decline in other countries and we all hope that this will have subsided by those months. If you don’t have to yet, we suggest you wait.
7. FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH AND FIND JOY WHERE YOU CAN:
I know this is really difficult right now but the best thing that we can do is make sure to get enough rest, hydrate, focus on our health, and staying connected to the ones we love most. Remember this is tough for everyone and you will have one heck of a wedding story to tell your grandchildren one day. Stay safe and hold on, this too shall pass.
MORE RESOURCES FOR BRIDES:
Carats & Cake
Stella Luna Events
Email templates for brides dealing with COVID-19