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The truth is that the coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s life moving forward.  We have to remember that so much is up in the air right now, especially for planning a wedding that is months or even just weeks away.  At this time, due to the uncertainty of the situation, I am recommending that you and your family start to talk about what you would like to do moving forward with your summer 2020 wedding.  

We are here to help, guide, plan, cry or be mad with you.  And it is okay to feel all the emotions. I know I sure have.  However, we are here to meet you wherever you are in this situation and help you process through this.  We would be more than happy to set up a phone or video call to discuss what to do.  

However, here are some options that you can start discussing moving forward. 

What to do NOW

Be Prepared and Start the Conversation

Keep an eye on the news and the latest updates as to having gathering restrictions.  My overall advice would be to be prepared and maintain an open conversation with your wedding vendors and your guests.  

Keep Your Eye on the End Goal

As always, take care of yourself.  Honestly, it’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be angry or feel a wide range of emotions. One thing I like to tell my clients is that it’s not a matter of “if”, just a matter of when.  Your day will come, and trust us when we say it will be the most amazing thing. When we can all come together and celebrate, there will be nothing else like it. I promise!

Rothschild Pavilion Wedding by Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events

Looking Forward…Discuss the Alternatives

Plan a Small Intimate Wedding within Gathering Restrictions

While many couples around the world are canceling or postponing their weddings because of the coronavirus pandemic, some are just scaling down their plans and getting married anyway.  Here’s how:

For starters, all you REALLY need for a wedding is you, your partner and someone to officiate it.

So, if you want to keep your wedding date, the best way to go forth and get married is to cut the guest list. Keep up to 10 people total (yes, that includes you and your partner) and have a video chat for the rest. Create a virtual Google hangout, Skype call, WhatsApp, Zoom or have your guests FaceTime the ones who are not there in person. You could have your wedding outside, in the park, the beach if it’s open, a church, temple, or other simple location.

Keeping the wedding small will cut down on the wedding cost, if you choose to not reschedule. Talk to your florist about creating just a bouquet. Ask your baker if they could make a smaller cake. And, check with your photographer for a shorter shoot. This allows those who were contributing to your wedding to still be hired for their services.

Whatever you chose, the well-being and safety of your family and friends are more important right now as there will always be time for the celebration.

Don’t Cancel, Postpone

As the wedding season approaches, you are faced with the reality that your special day may not go off as planned. The coronavirus and social distancing is forcing all of us to change our plans despite months or even years of planning.

If you are still wanting to celebrate with all your friends and family in the venue of your dreams, try to reschedule the reception instead of canceling so you all can party it up at a later date. 

If you cancel you’re talking about losing thousands and thousands of dollars.  If you postpone you can try to hold on to most of that money.

Your next step would be to ask your venue for 3 to 5 future dates when the space is available. Then reach out to your other wedding vendors and pick the date that the majority of your vendors are available for. If you are scrambling to find another photographer or caterer for your new date, we are eager to help.

At no cost, we are willing to field inquiries for you. We just need to know the date, your budget, and the vendor you’re looking for and in 24-48 hours we’ll be able to get back to you with some options.

Conclusion

Don’t panic. We’re all in this together. If you’re open to it, there are alternatives to the traditional wedding, and it’s not as bad as you might think.

Marsha Wedding Planner

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