Rescheduled your wedding due to COVID-19? |Wedding Planning Tips COVID-19
You had everything planned. You. Your special someone. The venue of your dreams. A gorgeous dress. All your friends and family around you to celebrate. I do. Cake. Dancing. The first day of forever.
Wedding Planning Tips COVID-19
Then COVID-19 happened, and like so many couples across the world, you made the difficult choice to postpone your wedding. Wedding planning is stressful enough without adding a pandemic to the mix, so here are 5 things you can do right now to ease the planning process in the age of COVID-19.
Decide if you want to postpone or cancel.
Depending on local conditions and government guidance, you may want to consider whether to postpone your wedding, or cancel it indefinitely until conditions for large group gatherings become more certain. Many of my current couples have opted to reschedule their weddings for the end of 2020 or early in 2021. wedding planning tips covid-19
Though the pandemic continues to evolve, and various levels of government seem to update their guidelines for group events on an almost daily basis, postponing may be a better option, as you most likely won’t forfeit retainer fees paid to venues and vendors.
Opt for a weekday.
As more and more brides and grooms reorganize their wedding plans, you might find it difficult to secure your dream venue and preferred vendors on a Saturay (or maybe even a Friday, too!), so consider moving you event to a weekday. You’ll likely be able to retain your preferred vendor team, and you could save on venue expenses as well, since you’ll be re-booking on a non-peak day. (An added bonus if you lost your previous venue deposit due to COVID-19.)
Have a conversation with your team.
Get in touch with your wedding planner as soon as possible if you’re considering rescheduling your big day. He or she will be able to give you guidance on the best course of action, and may even be able to quarterback contacting your vendor team to confirm their availability on your new date.
If you don’t have a dedicated wedding planner, then your first call should be to the vendor you’re most committed to having with you on your new date. Perhaps it’s your caterer, or photographer whose images you adore. Have a conversation with them about what your new wedding plan looks like. This is a hard time for everyone; your vendors will likely be willing to support you through the change as they’re living through a pandemic, too! wedding planning tips covid-19
Contact your guests.
Even if you don’t have your new date locked in yet, reach out to your guests and let them know ASAP. They’ll appreciate the proactive contact, especially if they’re travelling a long way. The more lead time you can give them to renegotiate travel plans, the more likely they’ll be able to celebrate with you on your new date. Be compassionate and understanding if friends and family can’t attend and offer assistance in canceling accommodations at your venue.
Keep calm and carry on.
We can’t predict the future, so instead of spending all of your time stressing about how COVID-19 has impacted your wedding plans, focus on things you can control: take some extra time to love your spouse, and focus on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe. Allocate some “me” time — make sure you’re in your best physical and emotional state possible when you’re able to resume wedding planning. wedding planning tips covid-19
And…now that you have all of that extra time in your calendar, you can put it to good use by tackling wedding details that you previously thought were too hard or too time-consuming to pull off! Soon, you’ll be walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life!
If you’re looking for more resources on planning a wedding during COVID-19, check out my previous post. wedding planning tips covid-19