Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the current global health pandemic called the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ve probably heard that there are preventative measures you can take to protect your health as well as a ban on traveling, however, the effects of this outbreak may disrupt many aspects of our daily lives.
The President has placed a ban on all large public events and that includes weddings. If you’re getting married this year, you may want to consider how these disturbances could affect your big day. Here’s our guide to navigating your postponed wedding.
Communicate with your guests. Update your wedding website accordingly. Follow up with phone calls and text messages. You can say something along the lines of, “How excited you are to finally celebrate with your guests/you can hardly wait to see everyone/you can’t wait to give them a big hug, and you’ll also keep them notified if anything changes in the next few weeks.”
Vendors – You’ll want to start reviewing your contracts for details on what happens to deposits in the case of a delay or cancellation. In particular, look for force majeure, rescheduling, or cancellation clauses in your contracts. Each business will handle this situation differently, so be prepared to potentially lose your initial deposits if your vendors don’t all have the same availability for your new date.
Try to keep all correspondence to email; you can get all of your questions clearly out and they can respond in writing so you have everything you need in front of you.
Tentatively reschedule high priority vendors like venue and photographer for a safe and optimistic 6 months from now. Everyone is trying to get a new date. You will lose dates if you wait.
Postponing your wedding sucks, but these are dire times, so try to stay positive and think about the EPIC wedding you will have once it’s all over.
Stay safe. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and practice social distancing until otherwise instructed. Stay updated on the current status of things and take care.
Get started on your wedding website here and keep all guests updated and informed.