Coronavirus Just wrecked your wedding. Now What?

What to do when your wedding has become victim of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You've waited your whole life for this day. The vendors are booked, the venue is lined up, and the invitations have been sent out. Literally, nothing can stop you now. Well, in a normal situation, nothing would stop you, but this is no ordinary situation.

 

The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has presented itself with an unprecedented force. On March 15th, the CDC updated its guidelines surrounding COVID-19, stating mass gatherings (weddings included) should be postponed for eight weeks or longer. As the situation is still developing, it is unsure at this time how long the contagion could last.

COVID-19 Weddings

What does this mean for my wedding?

Take a deep breath, relax, and remember no matter what, you will be getting married to the love of your life. It may not be in your preferred time frame, but it will happen. With anything in life, there are multiple variables to take into consideration. We encourage you in these times to take care of your physical and mental health and continue to prepare as your big day will eventually arrive!

Should I still have my wedding on my set date?

This is the big question that has couples scrambling for alternatives! You have to consider the health of yourself, your guests, and even the wedding staff that you hired. If you have a large wedding planned, it's best to adhere to the CDC's guidelines and postpone it. Gathering many people in one place is a recipe for disaster, and with all that is going on, many of your guests would probably not be in attendance.

 

There are also other factors at play here. The venue or other vendors may temporarily suspend their services as well. A wedding is a compilation of many small, significant roles that become an overall beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime event. If one of those pieces is missing, your big day may not meet the expectations you have for it. Let's talk about some options!

Options

1. Opt to elope. You can inquire at your local courthouse. If they are still operating, you can marry now and always plan your big celebration later. However, check with them first to see if they have been affected. They might be facing a temporary shutdown as well.

 

2. You could proceed with your wedding but only have a small intimate ceremony with close family. As with the last suggestion, you could always have a celebration or reception after all of this has passed.

 

3. Or just wait! It sounds unfortunate, but having your wedding without external stressors (i.e., Covid-19) allows you to truly experience your day as it is meant to be experienced. Guests and vendors will be happy to come knowing they won't get sick, and you won't have to bear the responsibility of the situation on your already heavy shoulders. You have more than enough going on!

COVID-19 Postponing your wedding

You've planned a myriad of things for your wedding, and now it's time to make sure they are all postponed. You could choose to delay them indefinitely or pick a date that's further out. Regardless of what you choose, it's time to make some calls! Here is a list of where to start:

 

1. Contact all vendors that you have booked with. Across the industry, we have noticed that vendors are more lenient with cancellations/rescheduling in light of recent events.

 

2. Contact all guests and officiants and explain the situation to them. We suggest making an announcement on social media as well as sending out a formal letter explaining what is happening and why. We also advise calling your close friends and wedding party members to let them know. Who knows, they might even offer to help you reschedule everything!

 

3. Thoroughly research the situation. It is essential to know what's going on in the world right now. Before you set the next date for your wedding, make sure you allow enough time for this to pass. Other people will be trying to reschedule their weddings at the same time. Couples across the globe are forced to cancel plans, so there may be delays on venues and other services.

 

The entire wedding industry is in turmoil right now. You are not alone, and others are finding themselves in the same shoes. We hate that you have to deal with this. You shouldn't have to. Just have faith knowing that this will pass, and in the right timing, you will have your ideal wedding. We wish you all the best as you embark on your journey.

*Disclaimer: Some of the facts on here may be outdated by the time you read this. We recommend that you check the most up to date facts by going to the CDC  website and checking with your state government. Your should make your decisions based off the guidelines and facts from your government.

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