24 Apr My wedding is during the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the lives of millions of people but while many of us are facing difficulties with our jobs, social lives, mental and physical health because of the virus, if you’re a bride whose wedding is supposed to be in spring, summer or fall of 2020, you have one more thing to worry about and it’s huge. This year, millions of brides are faced with a dilemma when it comes to their weddings. In this article, we will give you guidelines on what you should do about your wedding depending on the date and location of the ceremony.
COVID-19 and May, June, July weddings
If your wedding is in the spring or the first half of the summer, you need to think very carefully about the celebration. Most states have issued stay-at-home orders and the CDC has advised couples to postpone their weddings if the celebration is planned before the middle of May. You should closely watch guidelines and announcements from your state’s officials and the governing agencies of the state where you’re planning to get married. You should also talk to your families and close friends and discuss the possibility of postponing the wedding.
Coronavirus impact on August and fall weddings
If you’re getting married at the end of summer or in fall, you still have a little bit of time to see how things unravel and to make a decision. However, since you need to tell your guests about your plans in advance and to coordinate with your venue and vendors in case you decide to postpone your wedding, you should try to make a decision sooner rather than later. For instance, if your wedding is in August, it’s a good idea to make a decision and inform your guests by the end of April.
How to postpone a wedding because of the coronavirus?
If you decide to postpone your wedding because of COVID-19, your goal should be to preserve as much of the original wedding plan as possible with the smallest financial impact. Typically, it is best to first discuss the possible changes in the date with your fiance, families and friends. Next, you should talk to your venue and the hotel where you planned to house your guests and get a few options for the new wedding date. You should also inquire about any fees associated with the change in the date of your wedding. Next, contact all of your other vendors to inquire about fees and the dates when they are available. Chances are, you won’t find a date when all the vendors are available, but you should consider your priorities and choose the date that works best both in terms of timing and in terms of finances. Finally, if you have any guests that will be traveling far to attend your wedding, you should definitely talk to them personally and discuss the change of plans to make sure that they feel considered and not left on their own.