I was very hesitant to write this blog post. I don’t want to focus on all the negativity that is coming from the COVID-19 outbreak. I want to focus on the positive and take this time to focus on family and work. But the more I work with my clients who are forced into postponing their weddings du to this I just can’t avoid the topic any more.
Like I said, I’m working with each of my 2020 clients to postpone those that need to. At this point, my May and June clients are moving to either further into 2020 or into 2021. And if you are in that position, that’s ok. It’s really better to be save, to have your guests be safe and when you can have your wedding it will be that much more special.
For my 2021 clients, I’m working to continue to plan their weddings the best we can. Meetings are moving to email, calls and video meetings. This is a time when small businesses, like many in the Niagara wedding industry, need those bookings, to receive those deposits, so they can survive. I’m no different. 2021 clients are keeping us alive and working for sure.
If you are planning your wedding there are a few things you can do during this time to help you and your wedding vendors.
- Keep booking vendors. If you are getting married in 2020 and now are in a position that you need to postpone, think of hiring a wedding planner to help you. If you are getting married in 2021, book your vendors now. If you are concerned about money (as we all are right now), ask about payment plans or second payments to be scheduled when we should all be back in action (late 2020, early 2021 depending).
- Organize your contracts and start your timeline. Get ahead of the workload by starting to fill in your timeline so when things get busy again, you are ahead. You can check out my blog post here that walks you through my timeline process.
- Write out your required lists. As your wedding day approaches you will need to share a few lists with some vendors. A shot list of must have photos to your photographer. Start to compile the combinations of photos you must have and who needs to be in them. Your music selections to your DJ or Band. Important songs that will need to be played for ceremony, first dance and parent dances. Songs you absolutely want played and songs you absolutely don’t want played during the party.
If you are in the position where you have to postpone your wedding here are a few things to also consider.
- Talk to your venue first. Find out what dates are available. Ask for a few so you have some options moving forward. Also consider mid week, Fridays or Sundays as these are more likely to be available.
- Talk with your vendors. After picking 2 or 3 dates from your venue, reach out to your vendors and see if these dates work with them. Ideally, they will be trying to adjust your date with you, so try working it out with them to figure out the best day for everyone. Once you have your date, confirm it with everyone!
- Send out updated date to guests. If you have already sent out your invitations, ask your stationery vendor to create a similar piece with your design to send or email to your guests to let them know the change as soon as possible.
- Celebrate your original date. Get dressed up, make or order a nice dinner and enjoy a romantic dinner. Say your vows to each other (or a version of them) and dance to your song in your living room.
I know how hard this is at this time. The uncertainty is hard for everyone and let me be the first to say, my heart breaks for those that expected to be married within the next few months. But just remember, your wedding will still be special. It will still be filled with love and happiness. I just needs to be fashionably late right now. At the end of the day, it bests to flatten the curve so we can all get back to normal as soon as we can. And then you and your guests will celebrate like no other!
Trying to navigate wedding planning through COVID-19? Let me guide you to keep it as stress-free as possible. Let’s chat how I can help you plan or reschedule your dream wedding.