We don't have all the answers and we won't tell you what to do, but we'll help you find the best path for your wedding celebration.
Start by planning your ideal honeymoon, hopefully one with flexible travel dates and cancellation policies that work in your favor. Spending a little extra on good travel insurance will also be helpful. But also have a few back up travel plans in place. Ideally a trip that wouldn’t require mass transit or large hotels. Perhaps an extended stay in a local bed and breakfast near nature trails. Or a vacation rental on the coast.
If you have already booked your honeymoon, you should reach out to your travel advisor, resort, airline, or other rental agencies. The travel industry may not be in operation now, but they are still dedicated to delivering an amazing experience, albeit later than expected.
You can still include your guest thanks to modern innovations. Host a Zoom ceremony with your ordained minister and guests, have a small ceremony in your house of faith, exchange vows in your living room. Your commitment to each other is not cancelled. As easy as this all sounds, make sure your ceremony is legally binding. We recommend involving our wedding coordinator (or hiring one!) to ensure your marriage is legal.
It is most likely that depending that there will be restrictions on large gatherings for quite sometime. For instance, social distancing may be practiced and guests may be required (or prefer) to wear face coverings. The best advice I can give anyone is to ask your guests. You can enlist your bridal party and family to contact everyone, create a google form or PollEv to determine your attendants. In some cases, couples are limiting their “live” guest list based on this information and streaming their ceremony and reception for their “virtual” guests.
Hours could be spent on the various scenarios to consider when contemplating postponement during a pandemic. And although we all have a little more time on our hands, I won’t do that. Instead, let’s focus on the two easiest factors. The people and the time. If your guest list is primarily out of town (or country) guests and your wedding is in early summer to mid-summer, postponing is probably in your best interest. There’s no guarantee that late summer and fall weddings won’t be impacted by the pandemic, but with the ever changing guidance it’s reasonable to wait to make a final decision. But that doesn’t mean you should be idle while you wait. Begin reaching out to you vendor team and open a postponement dialogue to know their availability and their policies for rescheduling. In many cases your vendors are small businesses dealing with an unprecedented influx of concerns, so be patient if you don’t hear from them right away.
For that reason and because under normal circumstances reaching out to that many professionals can be a daunting task, we recommend reaching out to your wedding coordinator (or hiring one for this purpose) to open this dialogue.
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Whether or not to postpone is a decision only you and your partner can make. It's rarely an easy decision. That's why we now provide postponement planning services. Here to help you understand your options and make the best decision FOR YOU.
Anika Fullum is a Jill of all trades and master of some. She's a hopeless romantic who wants to see her clients have the best possible celebration.