Covid 19 has taken all of us by surprise! and wedding planning is not the exception, disrupting brides and grooms plans for this year. If you happen to be planning a wedding during this time, you are probably feeling uncertain and stressed out. We get it and we are here to help! Let's explore together different possible options with useful pointers and insights to guide you through this times.
For those of you that have not picked a Wedding date yet and JUST GOT ENGAGED, congratulations! This is a great time to celebrate together and let this reflection period strengthen your relationship.
Make sure to take the time to cherish and celebrate this special moment including your friends and family. While we all continue social distancing practices, you can still include them by sharing your great news right now sending out Engagement Announcements like the ones below.
You are in a great place, you are in no rush, and have time to set a date and consider different options. Choosing a date at least a year out will keep you on the safe side. Once you decide to contact venues and vendors make sure to review their postponing and cancelling policies.
FOR WEDDINGS ON NOVEMBER AND AFTER, since your wedding still far out you are probably in the safe side. Nobody really knows how long will it take us to really get back to normal, so for peace of mind, find out your venue and vendors postpone/ cancellation and insurance policies.
FOR WEDDINGS IN FALL, you might be getting a little bit worried and unsure if this will impact your wedding or not. We get you! and as much as we would love to give you great news, the truth is that no one knows. There has been talk about a "possible" second Covid 19 wave next fall, but in this uncertain times nothing is for sure. The best is to stay calm. You may decide to change your date to next year just to be sure, or continue with your date and see how everything unfolds in summer. Keep on track with your local social distancing regulations before sending out your invitations. Prepare just in case, studying all venue and vendors contracts specially postponed/cancellation, refund and insurance policies.
FOR WEDDINGS ON SPRING AND SUMMER, don't push the panic button, breathe, take a moment and calm down, we are here for you!
OPTION 1: POSTPONE WEDDING
If you decide to postpone your wedding, the first thing to do is to reach out to the people planning your wedding, like your wedding planner or your venue. They will be able to advice you on your local laws and their policies in terms of date changes and postponements. Once you find out a few possible dates that might work with you, your family and your venue, go ahead and contact the rest of your vendors and see which date works best for everyone. Keep in mind that many other couples are in your same situation and future dates will be filling in fast. Next, send out Postponement Cards (see image below) where you can add a new date or leave it as "until further notice" if you don't want to rush into any decision as of yet, but must inform guests right away so they can prepare and change their plans. If you have a wedding site, update the information.
option 2: have a virtual wedding
Some of you might not want to wait for another date and wish to get married to the love of you life right now.
Some couples are choosing to continue with their wedding plans and get married with a very small intimate wedding, sometimes with only their parents and siblings respecting social distance, and sometimes even just the couple, witness and officiants, but still have all the love and joy of friends and family by virtual video conference. We have seen couples been creative decorating their living rooms, others getting married in parks and green areas and others even in their original venues.
OPTION 3- GET MARRIED PRIVATELY AND CELEBRATE LATER ON
Another option some are taking is to get married in a romantic intimate ceremony. Perhaps with just the couple, witnesses and officiant, or maybe even including parents and siblings as long as social distancing is respected and you stay within your local regulation limits.
Don't worry of hurting friends and family feelings, as we all understand you are in love and want to get married, but it is a nice touch to include them by sending them a Married Wedding Announcement Cards and perhaps letting them know you will celebrate together when things get back to normal.
Although is probably not the wedding dream you had, you will certainly have a wedding love story that will be told for generations.
Take some time to talk as a couple and find which option suits you both the best. Forget about the rest of the world, breathe and find love and support in each other. This are unprecedented times and you will find people caring and sympathetic. Know that what matters the most at the end of the day is your love for each other.
Lastly, be kind with all vendors and venues, remember that just like you, they have been taken by surprise by all these and their business have been severely hurt.
We wish the very best, stay in love, stay calm, stay positive and most importantly stay healthy and safe.
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