Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Postponing Your Wedding During this Global Pandemic.

 

Wedding season is almost upon us, but as COVD-19 continues to alter life around the globe, things are no longer as usual for soon-to-be-wed couples. If you’re one of many spring or summer brides or grooms mulling over the idea of postponing your wedding, here’s some info you need to know.

Who should I be calling to postpone right now?

 I would say that for dates from now to early or mid-May, you should be postponing this week. June and July, meanwhile, are such grey areas. We’re hopeful that we’ll be seeing and end to social distancing and more normalcy in our lives by July.

How should couples go about picking a new wedding date?

  The best thing to do is to reach out to key vendors. That’s your planner, if you have one, or your venue coordinator. If you don’t have an event planner or a coordinator and you’re having a tented wedding, you want to reach out to your tent provider, caterer, photographer, and entertainment. You’ll look at the available dates at the venue first, and then determine which date your key vendors are available to switch to. I would encourage people to be looking at late Fall or winter at this point, I would Also consider dates that aren’t Saturdays—look at Fridays and Sundays. I suggest midweek wedding because that’s going to allow couples to have their weddings this calendar year and move their plans a bit more seamlessly. And guests aren’t going to think twice about it: Everybody is going to be so incredibly excited to have a celebration after being in Isolation will gladly make time during the week for a wedding.

Should brides and grooms expect there deposit Back?  

   Not good News!  First, most couples should not be expecting to get any deposits back. The deposit covers the cost of the work and time vendors have already put into planning the wedding, and we want to make sure that vendors are stable enough that they will be here next year. Couples should also keep in mind that there may be postponement fees for moving to a date that is past 2020.  But Many Venues understand this global Pandemic was beyond any one ability to predict when you gave them your deposit and will refund or apply your deposit to a Wedding later in the Year.

Should couples shifting from a spring or summer wedding to a fall or winter wedding consider making any changes to the overall plans for your wedding day?

   I suggest you continue with your original plans.  If you were planning on having a light and airy spring wedding, and now you’re having your wedding in December, there is no reason not to have the light and airy spring wedding in December.

Just Look at this as an opportunity to be a bit creative, then there are ways that you can maintain your foundation but swap or add in a few little things here and there to create a design that hints at the season. If you were having a neutral color palette with greenery for a late-spring wedding, you can very easily pivot that into a “winter white” theme.

This is a time when a lot of couples are sitting down and having difficult conversations and, through that, growing a bit closer together. They’re remembering that, despite everything, they are getting married, they love each other, and they’re in it together.  I think many couples will start to realize and get excited about having to postpone, they’ll actually have a little bit more time to infuse their story into the wedding even further.

What’s the best way to inform guests of the date change?

 For couples who have printed their invitations but haven’t sent them yet, you can reach out to your stationer and ask them to develop an insert with the new details to put on top of the invitation in the envelope so that you aren’t wasting the beautiful invitations that you already have.

final words of encouragement for couples dealing with delays due to Covid-19 Pandemic.  

First Remember that you are the story, and the wedding tells the story and celebrates it; not the other way around. The date, the time, the venue, and the guest count can all change, but the heart of the wedding and your story will remain untouched. No matter what happens, your original stunning wedding will morph into another stunning wedding. It will be remarkable no matter what happens.

So, stay positive and don’t make any hard-and-fast decisions. Pertaining to the pandemic, things are changing daily. So be proactive and make sure that your vendors are available and secured with necessary payments, but then take a deep breath and maybe even a pause from planning for a couple of weeks until the social Distancing  is over and you can start to generate some more positivity—and positive momentum in your planning.

 

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