The word ‘surreal’ barely begins to describe what we’re all currently living through. And while the whole world reels from the Coronavirus crisis, a unique kind of uncertainty is reserved for brides- and grooms-to-be. You’ve been planning your wedding for months, possibly years, and after countless hours and untold dollars have been spent, you now have a seriously tough decision to make – postpone or cancel?
Postpone, don’t cancel!
This crisis will end, and when it does, small businesses and sole traders will need every bit of help available to get back on their feet. Talk to your vendors about a Plan B – this is uncharted territory for everyone and most businesses will be willing to work with you to find a solution.
Here are a few tips for navigating this process:
You can postpone without having a new date confirmed!
We know this is nothing short of totally crushing news to engaged couples with weddings right around the corner, we’ve been encouraging our brides to be to remember that it is okay to postpone without knowing when the later date will be.
You’re not expected to come up with a solution in 1 week! If you can nail down a new date, that is amazing! But if not, take some time to weigh your options. Notify your guest list now and let them know an alternative date is to be determined.
Consider Travel & Who is attending!
Are you doing a local wedding or destination? How many people are you expecting and how soon is your wedding? If a large proportion of your dearest guests will have trouble making it to your big day, or perhaps they will be risking their health traveling to celebrate, you may decide it’s best to postpone the celebration. If your wedding is a small gathering of your closest friends and family, and you all live in town, maybe it’s okay to keep it as planned, so long as nobody feels ill.
Making a decision with confidence will allow you to have the clarity to move forward with your plan, whether its an adjusted plan or not.
Budget is still important!
Money-saving decisions are likely the top of mind during this time. That non-refundable policy is giving you more heartache than it deserves – but remember, this situation goes far beyond what could be foreseen in many contracts! While you have not experienced this situation before, neither have your vendors, meaning we’re addressing this on a case by case basis and we are all working on how we can best support each other during this time.
Gather information from all your major vendors and see what other dates they have available.
This is still your wedding!
It may feel like the coronavirus is dictating our lives right now, but the reality is you are in control of your own wedding. There is no one way to go about this, as it is a deeply personal decision.
Keep in mind this is more of a date adjustment than a total cancellation. And if you have to move your celebration months ahead, you may now be WAY ahead of schedule with the typical wedding planning timeline!
Soak in the extra time of being engaged – some consider this the most romantic period of a relationship!
Cancel is the last resort:
We get it. Your plans have been shattered and you may have already spent a bunch of money you can’t get back. If your wedding date is before October 2020, you might be tempted to cut your losses and just call the whole thing off. But we’d urge not to!
Dig down to the real reason you’re tying the knot. Brainstorm with your partner about how you can make it happen. Have frank discussions with your venue and vendors – can you postpone the wedding, as-is, to a later date? If that’s not possible, think about how you can downsize to a smaller private gathering when restrictions have eased, down the track. Can you host a small backyard wedding later in the year? You could use the extra time at home to get your garden wedding-ready! Get creative, workshop ideas, and know that your guests will support you, whatever you decide to do.