Our whole world is upside down right now. Things are weird. Some of us have been mandated to our homes, others can't find toilet paper or chicken at the grocery stores. And your planning a wedding has turned in to postponing one. You might be scared to think about what your future wedding will look like, who will come and the best way to move forward.
Here are 5 tips on how to postpone your wedding during coronavirus.
Remember I am not a doctor or a healthcare professional but I am a wedding professional and I think these tips and resources can help you during this overwhelming time.
Take a deep breathe
Try to relax. Turn off the news, social media, twitter. All of it. Take a bath. Drink a glass of wine. Go for a walk.
This is a lot easier to say then to do. And I am having a hard time doing it as well but you will be better off if you stop and breathe, meditate on bible scriptures and get out into nature (if your allowed to)
You most likely have family and friends blowing up your phone. They are asking all kinds of questions about what your going to do about your wedding during this pandemic. Send an email out to all your guests (or potential guests) that states you are "aware of the situation and you will me making decisions and sharing them as soon as you can but please give me and significant other some space to decide. "OR Make a statement, like the one below, that you can copy and paste to them as the texts come in
Thank you for your concern about our wedding. We will send an email as soon as we have nailed down details or changes. Please respect our space as we make these difficult decisions.
Hopefully this will deter friends and family from sending you every little city or state update that happens concerning coronavirus. And if it doesn't than turn off your phone for a little while. Protect your sanity and privacy.
It is true that you have been planning this wedding, and/or this reception for awhile (most of you over a year.) And no one would have predicted this coronavirus outbreak would interrupt your wedding plans. But now it has and you and your significant other have some decisions to make. The best thing to do is to be flexible as you move forward. Remember the first suggestion and breathe.
Here are my suggestions on where to start with action part of postponing your wedding. (Keep in mind there are no simple steps but these can help get you started)
1. Pick a new date in late 2020 or 2021 for your wedding (or postponed reception)
2. Read the contracts from your vendors. (look for the act of god clause)
2. Reach out to the venue with your date ( I suggest a phone call) and then the vendors, via email, that you have booked to see if the new date works for them.
3. Be patient. Give these wedding vendors a few days to respond.
4. Keep a spreadsheet of vendors that approve the new date, and the ones that can't. (Here is a free spreadsheet if you need it)
5. Make note if the vendor offers refunds (for those that can't make the new date.)
6. Ask for recommendations of other vendors. If a vendor can't fulfill your new wedding/reception date than ask them if they know someone who possibly could.
7. Reach out to your friends, family and guests to let them know of your change in plans and where/when they can find details. (put details on wedding website)
8. Amend your contracts with your vendors and pay them. Hopefully the vendors will be sending out amended contracts but if not ask for them.
9. Pay your vendor balances. These small business owners are going through a lot and need your support as much as you need theirs. #wereinthistogether. #pandemicwedding
10. Resort to taking a deep breath and know that there is space to mourn your first wedding plans.
As you reach out to vendors you have booked, remember that everyone is in the same boat. Most vendors are small business owners and don't have a whole staff of people to help them get through the emails and phone calls. Be patient because they are likely to respond slower than they would have if their was not the coronavirus/covid-19 pandemic.
It may seem like they are taking forever to respond but give them four or five days. Then reach out to them via phone call. Try to DM them on social media (if you see they are present/posting). But don't spam them. Be kind. Be patient.
If you are getting down to the wire of needing a response and they haven't done so you may have to cut your losses. I know that stinks! Maybe they are in a really desperate spot and can't get back to you. Try to give them the benefit-of-the-doubt
Whether you have to postpone all of the wedding or just the reception, have fun. Be reminded of why wanted to get married. Find a funny movie to watch, play Watch Your Mouth, have a sexy quarantine time. Be creative and do things together you don't usually get to do. Add something fun to the reception to keep it light and remind yourself why postponing the wedding will make for a great story.
One thing my couples have found helpful is being reminded of the journey of wedding planning. Although this has not been part of the wedding planning journey it is now. And now you get to journey through the planning of a "postponed coronavirus wedding." Oh! My! LOL!
Here are some additional ideas to dealing with wedding planning or wedding postponing during coronavirus.
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