How to Postpone your Wedding due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In these unprecedented times, couples getting married in August are starting to reschedule their weddings. I’ve seen many couples that are wanting to hold off, but some of the venues rather be safe than sorry and will either refund your deposit or reschedule you to a later date.
As of today, the CDC has not updated their official statement on its website and gatherings are still limited to no more than 10 people. I know that this has been EXTREMELY stressful for our couples, but below is a guide on the steps that you should take when postponing your wedding due to the coronavirus. Talk it Over with your Partner. It is so important to be on the same page as your partner, talk about your feelings, and form a united front. Not everyone is going to understand the pain and disappointment that comes with having to reschedule your wedding, especially after all of the hard work, time and money that you’ve put into your big day. Take the time to grieve over the change of date and then come back strong for your plan B! Your Venue should be your First Contact. If you are wanting to keep the same plans, just a different date, the venue should be your first call. They will let you know what dates they have available. Once you get a couple of dates from your venue, then contact your vendors with these options.
Let your Vendors know your Decision Right Away. As I mentioned on my previous post from April 17th, Covid -19 vs. Your Wedding, Communication is key! It is so important to talk to your vendors about possible dates because as you can imagine, we are going to be bombarded with so many calls from couples that will be getting married next year. It is also important to keep in mind that your vendor may be a small business owner. This means that they have been impacted by COVID 19 financially if they are parents, they will need to find additional childcare. With daycares and schools canceled, they will need as much of a heads up as possible.
Be Flexible with your day. Try to keep an open mind when you are rescheduling. Saturday dates are very popular so rescheduling for another Saturday next year may not be possible or you’d have to push it into 2022 for some of the venues. Consider some other days of the week, like a Monday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday. Your guests will still attend, I promise, especially because any of those days can be turned into a long weekend! Not to mention, you may also get a better deal during the off season AND on a date during the week! Review your Wedding Insurance. If you have taken the extra step of securing insurance for your wedding, you’ll very quickly want to contact your insurance agent to find out whether something like this is covered. Most of the time, it’s a no, but this is something that has never happened before, so they may be able to work with you! You never know, but it doesn’t hurt to try!
Think about what you’re going to say to your Guests. I know, this part is super scary but it doesn’t have to be. Your guests WILL UNDERSTAND and trust me, they are also wondering what the plan. Keep your guests in the loop and be straightforward and to the point. If you have a wedding website, you can relay your message via your site or even on Facebook if you’d like. You may want to think about calling your older guests. You can split the list between you, your partner and maybe even your parents to help with those calls.
Think about ways to help your guests. I know that this is your day and you’re trying to deal with the rescheduling of the date, but there are small things that you can do to help out some of your guests. If you have a room block, you can reach out to the hotel to see if you can negotiate a full or partial refund on behalf of your guests. This is a great way to show your appreciation for your guests.
Celebrate the Day Anyway. No matter what, this date will still hold significance and you should still make it feel special. Plan a fancy date night, order from your favorite restaurant, have some champagne, and just enjoy your night! If you enjoyed this blog, please be sure to subscribe to my mailing list and join my private Facebook group The DIY Blushing Bride, for more wedding related topics! XOXO, Von Marie Von Marie Moniz is the Owner and DIY Wedding Planning Guru of Lovely Events by Von and Co-Founder of The DIY Blushing Bride. Lovely Events by Von is all about empowering couples throughout their wedding planning journey by providing a fun, straight-forward and stress free approach to the wedding planning process while helping couples navigate through the overwhelming chaos that is DIY, Pinterest and YouTube videos so that when their day comes, they'll be able to keep calm, stay lovely, party on and enjoy THEIR wedding day! #CoronaBride #DIYWeddings #TheDIYBlushingBride #CoronaGroom #Wedding2020 #Wedding2021 #COVID19 #Coronavirus #WeddingTIps #WeddingPlanning #WeddingCoordiator #HowTo #Guide