Rescheduling Your Wedding Thanks To COVID-19
Never in a million years did we think that a worldwide pandemic is something we would have to discus, but here we are. The Coronavirus, also know as COVID-19, has caused chaos worldwide and it may even affect your wedding. Events have been canceled, restaurants have closed and many cities in the U.S. have issued shelter in place orders, but what about your wedding day? We believe that weddings scheduled in April and May could be affected by this virus. At this time, the Arkansas Department of Health recommends people avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. As we partake in “social distancing,” what do you do in the event that your dream wedding has been put on hold? Here are some of our top tips for helping you reschedule your wedding.
Be flexible with a new date.
The first step in rescheduling your wedding is simply finding a new date. Start by deciding which months you would consider. We have clients rescheduling their weddings for August 2020 or later. Being open to Fridays or Sundays will increase the chances of you being able to keep most of your current vendors.
Reach out to your vendors.
Next, you should reach out to your favorite vendors. Prioritize them from most important to least important and check to see what dates they have available. In other words, if you have a particular photographer that is a must have, put the dates that he or she has available at the top of your list. This includes venues, bands, videographers and caterers, but this varies based on the priorities of each couple.
Once you have a list of available dates from all of your vendors, select the one that works for the majority of them. Finally, request updated contracts for your new date. Most vendors aren’t adding on any fees for rescheduling, but you may lose some deposits if you are forced to cancel.
Alert your guests.
If your invitations have already gone out, take steps to alert your guests that your wedding date has changed. It wouldn’t be the best thing for Grandma to show up to an empty venue on your original wedding date. Whether it’s via mail or Instagram message, make sure that all of your guests are well aware that the date has changed.
Rescheduling isn’t totally a bad thing. This gives you a little more time to iron out any wrinkles that may come up, but don’t stress yourself out. Relax, take a deep breath and just remember that you’ll be celebrating with your friends and family in no time. Now, go wash your hands!