One minute you’re sending out wedding invitations and signing vendor contracts and the next you’re staring out your bedroom window while a hundred “what ifs” and “now whats” fill your mind. During such uncertain times, it’s normal to feel anxious and disheartened. Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 15, it has not been business as usual for anyone, including those of us in the wedding industry and couples beginning or in the midst of planning their weddings.
The situation remains fluid and no one is completely sure of how long we’ll be social distancing, but as of the time of this writing the Center for Disease Control recommends postponing events of 10 or more attendees through at least April (read more about mass gatherings and community events at the CDC website).
Whatever stage you’re at, you probably have a lot of questions about how to navigate wedding planning during COVID-19. I may not have all the answers, but I am here to help you, as best I can, as you think about your upcoming nuptials.
FAQs About Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Weddings
Should we postpone our wedding?
If your wedding date falls within the next two months, then it’s a good idea to postpone. As an alternative, you and your partner could have a self-quarantined celebration on your scheduled date. Turn off the news, bake a cake, drink some wine, put on a wedding playlist – just have fun while keeping yourselves and others safe and healthy.
Related: Simple Self-Care Ideas for Brides
How far into the future should we postpone the wedding?
Since everything is up in the air at this point and news changes daily, even hourly, it’s hard to give a conclusive answer to this question. The best thing you can do is look at dates starting in August and beyond. Continue to monitor the CDC, WHO, and local government announcements concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If our wedding is planned after May, should we postpone?
At the time of this writing, it’s okay to keep things as is and plan on moving forward with your wedding plans. That being said, consider communicating with your venue and vendors about your options should you need to postpone. Now is a good time to revisit any contracts you’ve signed and get in touch with the vendors if you have questions.
How do we postpone/cancel our wedding?
Brides has an in-depth article on how to rebook and replan a postponed wedding, as well as what to do if you need to cancel the wedding altogether. A few tips:
- Check your contracts for what happens to deposits.
- Contact your venue to find out what options you have/what dates are available.
- Communicate with other high-priority vendors about future dates.
- Let your guests know what’s happening and that you will keep them informed.
- Update your wedding website.
Wedding Planning Advice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Inform your guests.
You may be social distancing, but you can still keep your wedding guests informed through email, your wedding website, social media, etc. Set up a private Facebook group, chat, or other online group for you and your guests so that everyone can keep informed on your wedding plans.
Update your website.
Add a blurb to your wedding website and a link to the CDC website so that guests can stay up-to-date on travel and accommodation information.
Related: 18 Questions to Answer on Your Wedding Website FAQ Page
Follow CDC and local government guidelines regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Practice extra hygiene and never underestimate the power of a bar of soap. Wash your hands like you’ve just cut up a handful of chili peppers, but you need to scratch your eye/nose/face.
Safe shop for your wedding gown.
If you’re waiting for your dress to ship from overseas, you may be waiting for a long time. Even local salons, who employ designers based in the U.S., are pushing back ship dates to 20 weeks. Shipping cancelations and delays can also affect wedding-day details like favors, flowers, and decor. The best thing to do at this point is order (way) ahead, shop off-the-rack, shop locally and at small businesses (always a good idea!), and use what’s available. If there was ever a time to get creative, now is it!
Life may feel a bit upside down right now, but it’s important to take it one day at a time. Take care of yourself and try not to worry. Communicate with your wedding vendors, stay informed, and make educated decisions as things unfold. We are all in this together.
Have more questions about the wedding planning process or how to connect with your vendors during this time? Contact me using the link below so we can chat!