If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re certainly not alone.
This is new territory for even the most experienced wedding vendors.
The last two weeks have been spent in crisis management mode. I’ve been rescheduling or indefinitely postponing all of my spring and early summer weddings. As I handle this pandemic with my couples, I’ve made note of our best practices to ensure the best possible outcomes.
My goal in writing this is to share my findings with you, and to give you my support and guidance as you navigate wedding planning during this crazy time.
Let me start by noting that I am by no means a health professional.
If you are looking for medical advice, please contact your doctor, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preservation.
As of now, gatherings of 10 or more have been banned and non-essential businesses have been forced to close their doors until it is safe again to re-open. Meaning that couples getting married in the next 8 weeks have been forced to rethink their wedding plans.
It is the recommended (and the safest!) option that you reschedule your wedding. My heart breaks for all of the couples who have to move their dates due to this pandemic. But at the end of the day, remind yourself that you still get to marry your best friend. Your wedding date doesn’t define your love and your relationship. And whenever your new wedding day may be, its certainly going to be the most incredible celebration, EVER!
It’s recommended that you sit tight right now. It’s totally understandable if you want to reach out to vendors to check in on their policies and procedures just in case, but its far too early to determine if this will effect your date or not. *fingers crossed, my friends!*
I strongly encourage my couples to try their best to reschedule in 2020. Vendors will take less of a hit if weddings are kept in the current year. However, rescheduling in 2021 may be your only option. Either way, most vendors are waiving the date change fee. You may also find that some vendors are charging an additional retainer to hold the new date. The retainer goes toward the total balance, so that you’re not paying more in total, just more upfront. This helps vendors maintain their cash flow so that they can continue to serve you up until your new wedding date.
My heart hurts so deeply for all of the couples whose wedding plans have been affected by COVID-19. Know that I am here to support you with love and compassion and respect, every step of the way. At the end of the day, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you still get to marry your best friend in the whole wide world. Your wedding date doesn’t define your love and your relationship – and just know that whenever your new wedding day may be, its 100% going to be the most incredible celebration, EVER!
If you have any questions or you just wanna vent – send me an email!
We will get through this together!