April 8, 2020
Wow. What a year this has been so far. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling more than ready to make it through the next few weeks and hopefully receive a little more clarity on where COVID-19 will take the wedding and event industry. I know a lot of you have the burning question of “what does the coronavirus mean for my wedding?” so, I am hoping this will give you guidance and a little relief moving forward. I’ve spent a lot of time discussing COVID-19 with other vendors in the industry how we should move forward so before we get too far in I want to link you a couple of resources to check out in case you aren’t the reading type.
LIVE CHAT: COVID-19 & Wedding Planning Advice – Check it out on IGTV
Before we get too far in I want to mention that this is a quickly evolving situation and based off of the knowledge I have now this is the best advice I can give. I am doing my best to speak from my experience as a professional and as a fellow bride.
First I want to start by saying, it is okay to grieve. You are more than valid in feeling completely heartbroken over the idea of what everything was going to be like when it comes to your wedding but it is time to accept our new reality and move forward because at the end of the day, you are marrying the love of your life and now more than ever, it is important to keep that as the forefront of your decision making. As a 2020 bride myself, I more than get it but let me tell you, your vendors have your back. We are going to make it through this.
This is the most pressing question for most brides and grooms right now so it only seems fitting to start off this novel addressing it. I want to start by asking you to PLEASE postpone, don’t cancel. My livelihood and the wedding industry is totally depending on all of you couples out there.
As of right now, I am advising clients to wait until a maximum of 60 days from their wedding to begin the discussion around postponing or canceling. With that being said, a lot of venues are only working 30-45 days ahead of time when addressing postponements and cancellations so you may need to wait even longer to start that conversation.
I have heard this question A LOT and also have worked with a few clients that are looking at postponing to 2021. I think it is very important for couples to fully consider all implications any scenario might have so I have just a few points to share.
Oh, man. This is the hardest conversation to have for both parties involved. If you decide to move in the route of canceling your wedding the number one thing you can expect is to NOT receive a refund of your booking retainer. While this may seem unideal, it is important to realize that your vendors are also passing up approximately 50-75% of their expected income for your wedding due to the cancelation. As a small business, which most of your wedding vendors probably fall into that category, this loss can pose to be detrimental to them especially if more than just a couple of their clients go this direction so be gentle with them and understanding.
So, you’ve made the decision that it is time to postpone but you are unsure of where to go to next. Below is a quick list of steps to get you started in the right direction and to help you assess your top priorities.
I truly hope this post has given you a little guidance and a start to your action plan moving forward. At the end of the day, you are marrying your person. WOW. Can we all just take a moment to let that sink in? Love truly conquers all. I wish you and your partner the best while navigating this difficult and uncertain time (or you’re a vendor reading this – I’m cheersing you with my glass of wine as I type).
If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Stay safe & healthy!