If you’re in the middle of trying to plan a wedding during Covid-19 and feeling overwhelmed, scared, and stressed out from the uncertainty of the world right now – you are not alone! We are currently facing an unprecedented global pandemic that no one saw coming. Wondering what to do now? Whether your wedding is this year and every single detail was already complete or if you literally just started planning and aren’t sure how to move forward with any plans, have no fear! I put together some advice from the perspective of someone in the wedding industry and I hope it can be helpful to you during this time of uncertainty.

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What is the current status of COVID-19?

Stay informed by visiting the official websites of the UK Government and World Health Organization to get the most up-to-date and accurate information on the current status of COVID-19.

My wedding is this spring / summer of 2020 – what do I do?

The decision you make for your wedding will be based on a combination of government restrictions and personal choice. In the UK, we are currently under a Stay At Home Government Order until further notice. This means that we are unable to leave our homes unless we are an essential business or for essential tasks. With this being the case if your wedding date happens during this time, your wedding vendors are unable to leave their homes for your wedding. Additionally, many counties are imposing bans on gatherings of a certain size or gatherings altogether. Stay informed by visiting the government website for up-to-date information on what is allowed and what isn’t. Please find the Government’s FAQ page here.

  • If your wedding is April: Your wedding must be postponed based on the government’s social distancing guidelines.
  • If your wedding is May: It is strongly suggested that you postpone your wedding
  • If your wedding is in June or July: Your wedding may be at risk. Consider reducing your guest count or being prepared to postpone if you have to. Keep an eye on the government and counties restrictions towards the end of April and in May to help inform your decision of how to move forward.
  • If your wedding is August – December: Your wedding is at low risk. Continue to plan for your date as usual and try not to stress right now! There’s no use stressing out if your wedding date is further down the line because a lot can change between now and then. Take it month by month and wait to see how things develop before making any decisions. If you still need to book vendors for your wedding, ask them how they’re handling the current situation and if they have any flexibility on their current policies. It’s good to lock-in vendors asap since many weddings are getting rescheduled to these months, but you should also feel confident in your decision to do so. Be honest and chat openly with new vendors about this. We all want you to have the best wedding day ever and will help if we can.
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Alright, we decided to postpone our wedding. Help, what do we do?

STEPS FOR POSTPONING YOUR WEDDING DUE TO COVID-19:

  1. Take a Deep Breath and Stay Organized. Start a Google Spreadsheet with your master checklist and to keep track of your progress and vendor availability.
  2. Contact your wedding planner and wedding venue first. Let them know you’re looking to reschedule and ask them about their available dates. Be flexible! You may have to choose a weekday or schedule further out than you may want to in order to find a date that your venue can accommodate.
  3. Contact the rest of your vendors and read their contracts to refresh your memory of what their rescheduling policies are. Decide who your must-have-can’t-live-without vendors are. Is it your photographer? Caterer? Prioritize your dates around these people!
  4. Pick your top wedding dates and contact your VIP guests. This is your parents, grandparents, and anyone else that absolutely must be at your wedding. Send them your top  wedding dates and find one that works for everyone.
  5. Sign the rescheduling contract with your venue first. Then the rest of your vendors after.
  6. Send out a “Change The Date” email to all your wedding guests
  7. Open a bottle of wine and take a deep breath!

After dreaming about this day for so long and spending so much time planning out every single detail, it SUCKS to have those plans change. Take the time to grieve the loss of your original plans. It’s ok! Allow yourself to be sad and cry, be angry and scream, and just mope for a while if you want to. (I know I sure have done plenty of that!) It’s OKAY! Honestly, my couples that have had to postpone their weddings have told me that after everything was finally rescheduled, they felt so much better just having a plan and having it done, rather than waiting around in the uncertainty and anxiety of it all!

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We were in the middle of planning a 2021 wedding when COVID-19 hit! Now we’re unsure how to move forward. What do we do?

Even if your wedding is next year, it’s completely valid to feel hesitant about moving forward with wedding planning. Everything sort of feels frozen in time. The news gets scarier every day and it’s hard to imagine a time where we aren’t stuck in our homes. First of all- this will get better and we will come out of this! Here’s some advice for what to do if you’re currently planning a 2021 wedding during this Coronavirus COVID-19 chaos:

  • Keep dreaming up your day. There’s no reason to stop the Pinning, Googling, and browsing dream weddings! Stay inspired and excited by focusing on what your dream wedding looks like.
  • Hire a great wedding planner. A planner will be able to help you navigate any challenges or issues that arise and help you be in the best possible position for an amazing wedding day!
  • Consider locking in your vendors ASAP. The reality is that so many weddings are currently being postponed to 2021 and dates are filling up faster than they normally would. You don’t want to miss out on your dream venue or vendors, so get on it!
  • Consider purchasing wedding insurance. If you can, look into wedding insurance BEFORE you secure a date or venue, since companies and policies will differ on their requirements and parameters. Policies may not cover pandemics anymore since it is a known event, but this situation has shown that it’s still important to consider how other unknown events might affect your big day. It’s better to be as prepared and informed as possible, so do the research before you start booking vendors.
  • Carefully read through all of your vendor contracts. Make sure you fully understand what would happen if you were to have to postpone. Ask your vendor if you are unclear or confused about anything in their contract.
  • If COVID-19 is affecting you financially, decide what is best for YOU personally in how you want to move forward. Everyone’s financial situation is different and what is best for you will be different than what’s best for someone else. Here are a few options to consider:
    • Consider reducing the size and budget of your wedding for categories that aren’t as important to you.
    • Elope instead
    • Ask your wedding vendors if they have payment plans or flexibility with their initial retainer fee.
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No matter what situation you are in right now, know that it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling. You and your partner will get married, even if it may not be on the day you imagined or how you imagined, but you will be married to the love of your life and that is what is most important! I’m here to help in any way that I can to make this process as stress-free as possible. Your wedding should be a joyous occasion and let’s not let this situation take away from that! For any questions regarding how to plan a wedding during Covid-19 please feel free to contact me here!

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