How COVID-19 Will Affect Fall or 2021 Weddings
A pandemic just isn't a part of any couple's plans. However, if it is affecting your wedding planning, we can help. If you think your wedding won't be affected because isn’t happening right away or if you are just getting started with planning, we want to encourage you to KEEP planning your wedding! Things may be a different than they were a month ago, so here are some things to keep in mind regarding the current situation we now all find ourselves in…
First things first...GRAB YOUR DATE!
The dates that were previously available later on this year and into next year are now all being booked up by the couples having to postpone their weddings. So, if you are planning to get married this summer, fall or even early next year, get your venue and vendors booked now! As we have been rescheduling new dates for our couples, 2021 dates are also filling up faster than normal, so a desired date for you may NOT be available if you wait too long to secure it for yourselves.
The next step...MEET WITH VENDORS.
If you're still debating on which vendors to consider, start scheduling meetings with them. They won't be in-person meetings...likely for some time, however, you would be pleasantly surprised at how well you can get a feel for someone over a Zoom, Skype or FaceTime call. This will give you that valuable opportunity to establish a connection with your vendors to see if they are the best fit for you.
And more importantly...HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!
If there was EVER a reason for why you need a Wedding Planner, this is IT!
The couples with wedding planners don't have the stress or anxiety of having to deal with all of the venue and vendor communications for postponement rescheduling. They also have the benefit of the guidance of a professional as well as a sounding board to work things through with. A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold! If you are fortunate to already have a planner, you may want to consider upgrading to more of a full service package so you can rely on assistance as it becomes necessary. If you didn’t have a wedding planner before, now is the time to get that pro in place!
Don't forget...WEDDING INSURANCE.
Keeping in mind that wedding insurance will not cover a pandemic, we still highly recommend purchasing event insurance. You never know what is going to happen, and it’s always best to be prepared for that “just in case” situation.
Be sure to check the...GUEST COUNT.
No one can predict how long we are going to be affected by COVID-19. Group gatherings could be limited longer than anticipated. With that in mind, we suggest that you create an “essential” guest list. This will save you in case you have to keep your count down due to the need to decrease your budget due to the economy. Guests have the BIGGEST financial effect on your budget, after all.
And finally...WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING.
If you haven't purchased your wedding dress yet, consider where the gown that you select is being made. An international designer could take anywhere between 4-8 months and this doesn't include potential COVID-19 delays. We highly suggest looking for a North American designer if at all possible. If you cannot find one that suits your style and figure, another option would be buying a dress off the rack so you don’t have to worry about delays or the production timeline. A boutique that focuses on designer dresses off the rack have gowns available now and you don’t have to rely on a supply chain. Some of our favorites include LVD Bridal, The White Room and Fabulous Frocks. If you have already ordered your dress and you're expecting for it to arrive this fall, book an appointment with your seamstress immediately. The day after you buy your wedding dress would be best.
And if your wedding is...LATE SUMMER OR FALL.
Keep in mind that the information we are receiving changes on a nearly daily basis. Wait a month or two before contacting your wedding planner or vendor team to talk about postponing or canceling your event. Wedding professionals are laser focused right now on tending to the needs of the couples who are affected by April and May events. We are dealing with them based on their existing wedding date, right now, so please be patient...we promise to give you the same level of assistance and service.