Tips for Wedding Planning During Covid-19
The world is currently experiencing a wave of uncertainty but this doesn’t mean we can’t still find ways to focus on the important, exciting and special aspects of our lives, including weddings. If you and your partner are in the midst of planning your wedding day, here are a few tips that will help.
Deciding Whether to Postpone or Cancel
It can be difficult to stay positive about the wedding planning process with all of the lingering uncertainty, but it will end. Experts are recommending that instead of canceling your wedding, you postpone it. By postponing your wedding, you will incur fewer financial losses than if you cancel it completely.
If your wedding is in the near future, and you are in an area that is significantly impacted by Coronavirus start the process of choosing another date and making the necessary arrangements with vendors and guests.
If your wedding is still several months away, there’s probably no need to change your date at this time What you can do for the time being is monitor changes in regulations and restrictions. In our experience that venues in Georgia were postponing spring and summer weddings without hesitation. However, as we have inquired for our couples planning to be married in fall who wanted to know what their options are, we have found that many venues are charging fees to reschedule their date if they allow it to be postponed at all at this point. Many stated that they plan to be fully operational in fall as many venues we have spoke with in Georgia are back to hosting weddings already. If you want to know your options, we recommend you reach out to your vendors to discuss their policies and come up with a contingency plan if there was to be another wave of Coronavirus around the time of your wedding.
Consult with the Experts
Your vendors are here to help you! They are professionals who want to keep their clients happy and they want to keep their businesses up and running at the same time. Ask your wedding planner, venue and vendors for help when rescheduling your wedding day. Not only will this help relieve some of the pressure, but they may be able to assist you with some helpful suggestions that will make all this a lot easier too.
Talk with Other Brides
You can take comfort in the fact that you’re not the only bride who is currently navigating these challenges. Their are Facebook groups for couples who have had their weddings impacted by Coronavirus #covidbride. Sometimes finding support from someone who is experiencing the same thing as you can be helpful.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
When you need to re-plan an entire wedding, it can get very overwhelming, very quickly. Slow down and start by carefully jotting down everything you need to take care of, starting with a new date. It’s only once you’ve discussed a new date with your venue and vendors that you can start taking care of the finer details, such as letting your guests know. If you will be postponing, you can let your guests know in the meantime and send them the new date later on once you’re sure about the details. If you haven't hired a wedding planner or coordinator, there has never been a better time to do so! We have assisted over 10 couples postpone their weddings to this fall or next spring since March! Even if we're not available on your date, we are happy to offer a recommendation.
This can be easier said than done but positivity is the key at this time. Lean on your partner, friends, and family for support. It’s perfectly normal to feel mixed emotions but try to bring your mind back to the reason for getting married. Focus on the love, unity and the "bigger picture" to try to stay positive. You will get through this!
Remember that love should always be at the core of anything related to wedding planning. When there is positivity and loving energy, you can get through any challenges or uncertainty. While nobody planned for any of this to happen, the good news is that you’ve hired wedding vendors who will help ensure you still have the wedding of your dreams!