YOUR NEXT STEPS
If you’re one of the thousands of couples around the globe who have had their wedding plans thrown into disarray by the current global pandemic, you’ve probably been left with more questions than answers. Should I postpone my wedding and until when? Will I get my deposits back? How do I even go about notifying everyone involved?
The situation is overwhelming, to say the least, and it can be difficult to know where to start. In this article, we’ll share with you 5 things you can do right now to help in planning your wedding when a postponement is on the cards.
POSTPONE OR CANCEL?
Firstly, you need to decide whether you want to postpone your wedding or cancel it until the future feels more certain. Many couples are opting to postpone their wedding until late in 2020 or early 2021, while couples whose weddings are planned for the middle of the year are still waiting things out.
Even with all of the unknowns, postponing may be a better option as you probably won’t lose your deposits. Couples who are deciding on a date to reschedule need to keep in mind the planning timeline required in the lead up to the event. If you postpone your wedding to the weekend after social distancing restrictions are lifted, there won’t be enough time for the site inspections, vendor meetings and logistical requirements needed to execute a wedding day.
CONSIDER A WEEKDAY WEDDING
With so many couples postponing their weddings, it’s going to become more and more difficult to book your preferred venue and vendors on a Friday or Saturday. So consider being more flexible in your wedding plans and perhaps opting for a mid-week celebration. Not only are you more likely to secure your dream venue and all the vendors you’ve carefully handpicked, but your wedding costs will probably also be reduced. This is a particularly good option for couples who may have lost deposits due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to stay within their original budget.
DISCUSS RESCHEDULING WITH YOUR WEDDING PLANNER AND/OR VENDORS
The first person you should contact if you’re considering postponing your wedding is your wedding planner. They’ll be able to advise you on the best steps to take and will probably take charge of contacting all of your vendors to discuss rescheduling. A wedding planner will also be that calming voice of reason when it feels like your world is being thrown into disarray. You never know, they may already have a contingency plan in place!
If you don’t have a wedding planner, get in touch with the wedding vendor you have the strongest relationship with or who you’re most committed to having onboard at a future date. Perhaps it’s the venue manager or the wedding photographer whose work you absolutely love. Chat with them about how they are planning the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and how their late 2020 or early 2021 is looking date-wise. Remember, everyone is in the same boat and wants to support one another to get through this crisis the best way possible.
CONTACT YOUR GUESTS
Whether you’ve decided to postpone your wedding date or cancel, it’s essential you get in touch with your guests as early as possible. Some may be travelling from out of state and need to renegotiate time off work or change flights, while others may have other weddings scheduled on your new date. Try to be as understanding as possible if friends and family aren’t able to attend and support them in any way possible when it comes to cancelling accommodation bookings at your venue.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
There are some things in life you can control and others you can’t. So rather than dwelling on the inconvenience, stress and potential financial loss of postponing your wedding, focus on what you can do right now to keep yourself and those around you safe. Take time to work on your own health and well being so that you’re in the best emotional state possible when your wedding day does roll around. And with all of the extra time you’ve suddenly got on your hands, use it to perfect some of those wedding day details that you’d put in the “too hard” or “don’t have time for” basket.
Some day in the near future, you will be walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life. So keep things in perspective, stay calm and carry on – your big day will arrive!
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