A Guide To Your Wedding + COVID-19
Your wedding + COVID-19
It seems hard to imagine that just one short month ago life was all but "normal" for most of us. I had just completed the stunning gold foil invitations for my best friend's May 8th wedding when my husband told me we needed to make a plan to leave NYC. What? Everything happened SO fast.
The team at Miss Design Berry is dedicated to helping not only our clients, but any couples who are planning a wedding at this uncertain time. Hopefully this little guide can help answer some questions, guide decisions, and provide some resources for anyone who is having to postpone or reschedule their big day.
Communication is Key
Hopefully you have your guests' email addresses, and if not, make it a priority to track them down. Even if you plan on sending a formal postponement card or announcement down the road, letting everyone know whats happening as soon as decisions are made is quickest via email.
Update your wedding website with any available information. This is a great place to make details easily available to guests.
- Postponing your wedding really sucks, but letting your guests know does not have to. Think about a fun way you can share you new wedding date with guests, whether it's a custom portrait Change the Date card, or a free downloadable Swap The Date card. You can send them by mail, or just send via email or Paperless Post. Miss Design Berry offers both printed and digital designs, start a live chat below if you are interested in getting one created!
Reduce Risk with Simple Changes
Be smart when it comes to contracts - Already have plans in place? Make sure to read up on the cancellation policies, and kind of time frames you have to work with in case plans do need to change. If you are still planning and are signing new contracts, make sure you have all your bases covered and that changing plans due to COVID-19 and and related health mandates is part of the agreement with any vendors.
Travelling? Know before you go. Make sure any bookings for you or your guests are booked with travel insurance, or fall under a COVID-19 policy for free cancellation or changes. If you've been thinking about booking a destination wedding, it's probably best to rethink your plans.
Honeymoons can wait. It's just not the time to be planning travel with restrictions and recommendations changing daily. If you've already booked a honeymoon and are on the fence about it, see what the cancellation policy is, and seriously consider postponing it for now. If you haven't booked a honeymoon yet, maybe keep it that way for a little bit longer.
- In the early stages of planning? Wedding Insurance seems like a pretty good idea.
If Your Date Has Not Changed... Yet
Lots of couples are still facing the unknown when it comes to their weddings dates in 2020.
- If you have not yet sent out wedding stationery, make sure include a special note with your Save the Dates or Invitations to let guests know that things are going ahead as planned, but that you will keep them informed should plans have to change. Check out these free COVID-19 wedding insert cards
- Already sent out your save the dates or invites? Email your guests an update, share information via social media, or send an update card via paperless post!
- Safety First. Even if your wedding date does not end up changing, our relationship to germs as a society certainly has. Things like close seating arrangements, passed hors d'oeuvres, and big wedding cakes are likely going to be replaced.
Postponing or Cancelling Your Wedding
- If at all possible, postpone your date, don't outright cancel. Chances are that most venues and vendors will be able to offer you alternate dates, or credit for their services, but will not be offering a cash refund.
Don't rush to pick a new date. Even though it's tempting to lock in your new date with your venue, remember that this is still very much an ongoing situation, with information changing HOURLY. While it may seem that an August wedding is ok today, things could be totally different tomorrow.
- Be open, flexible, and at peace with decisions. Your ethereal spring wedding might have to transition into a moody fall vibe. Your 200 person guest list might become 80 people. Your dream wedding might look a little different than what you originally planned. Let go of resentments, give yourself time to grieve (yes, seriously - this is a big deal) and then decide to move on with plan B.
The thing that I urge all of our clients affected by this is : It's all going to be part of your story. You had to change your wedding date. You eloped. You live-streamed your wedding ceremony. You did a virtual dress try on. Whatever it is - it's forever going to be a (small) piece of your love story - so own it!
Looking for some more guidance and tips? Here are some other great articles I came across.
Minted Wedding Planning Tips - Minted
My Corona Virus Wedding Cancellation Emotional Rollercoaster - A Practical Wedding