As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic cripples the global economy and people postpone major events, the World Health Organization continues to encourage people to restrict gatherings. The reason why all weddings scheduled in the coming months have become a nightmare to manage. As we come together to fight against the coronavirus, there are challenges that we all have to tackle carefully. For instance, logistical challenges, re-configuring postponed plans. And most vitally, couples and families who have upcoming wedding plans need to reconsider and re-plan everything.
With that in mind, here is a write-up that taps into the wedding experts’ advice and our own expertise to help you move forward with the wedding plans. So, here are some ideas to support couples as they navigate through uncharted waters.
Postpone the Plans Until the Virus Spread Subsidize
CDC advisories on gathering are quite cut and clear. Not more than ten people are allowed to gather for the next fifteen days in the United States. Shutdowns are mandatory and industry experts at weddings are insisting people postpone their weddings. Particularly weddings planned in the months of April and May. So, postpone your wedding for the month of October through December when you plan on rescheduling.
The key, right now, seems like you have to focus on postponement. In fact, wedding experts and planners suggest that rather than canceling plans couples should focus on rescheduling. And the good news is, rescheduling will help you avoid losing deposits. So, don’t cancel your wedding plans altogether because your retainers will stay safe until applied in the near future. As for those who have planned a wedding in June or July, most experts advise and even we think that you should see how things progress before canceling wedding plans. All in all, weigh your options wisely and cancel only if the situation slips out of your hands.
Talk to Your Wedding Planner in Advance
Use this time to talk to your wedding planners, organizers, or team of vendors. Particularly people who are key planners and ask them to advise you on further proceedings. After all, your main goal currently is to make sure that your family is safe. Also, it is your responsibility to minimize the risk of the coronavirus spread. So, talk it out with your planner and discuss the dates of re-scheduling. If you are a procrastinator, don’t be because most planners will be depending on your decision to plan the entire wedding in the coming months.
Though any wedding on the immediate horizon requires a contingency plan and an immediate call to the planners. For each wedding, be it any type, planners will be reaching out to you. So, don’t worry and reassure them with your timeline reviews. This will also give you a ray of hope and a surety, that the wedding is delayed by a few months but the show must go on.
Keep in Mind Everybody is Adjusting Their Timelines
These are testing times and most businesses are adjusting their timelines according to the clients’ requirements. Not only this but people continue to make little adjustments. My friend recently bought the best recumbent bike online as all the gyms are closed until further orders. Similarly, you need to keep in mind that we are in this together. We need to think rationally and decide what can be done in order to curb the virus from spreading. Each effort will contribute towards the health of the nation and your plan of postponement is one of them. Also, you need to understand vendors, photographers, hotel management, wedding planners, singing bands – everyone is adjusting their timelines too. So, you are not alone in this. Plus, talking and acting fast will help you get first dibs on the new dates.
Be Flexible and Overlook Popular Dates
The first logical question that came into my mind when the crisis escalated – how far should people postpone the wedding? Most answers in my mind were a mix and match of things I have already mentioned in the post. However, I came across an expert advice yesterday and I thought I’d mention the same in this post. We understand that you are in an unfortunate position of reorganizing your wedding timeline. But most experts think that you should look further ahead to 2021. And drop plans for a winter or autumn wedding this year. So, be flexible about dates and postpone to feasible dates. Unfortunately, you also have to forget about popular dates for a while as social distancing and postponed plans will stop the coronavirus from spreading.