In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Many are unsure whether to continue planning and how to do so. That’s why today we are going to share our five tips for continuing to plan your wedding during COVID-19. Don’t let the current circumstances take away from the bliss and excitement that come with planning your big day!
1. Leverage virtual meetings with vendors and venues.
Just like you desperately want to continue planning your big day, businesses are eager to serve you during this unique time. That being said, it’s crucial to follow social distancing rules. With these precautions in mind, many businesses may offer virtual meetings or tours to help you make the necessary decisions for your wedding while also staying safe. You’d be surprised by all the ways you can meet with vendors virtually! Venues are offering tours, bridal shops offer virtual appointments, and you can easily discuss wedding details over a video call with photographers, videographers and DJs.
2. Hire an experienced wedding planner.
We all know just how much a wedding planner can help leading up to your big day. Now, more than ever, they may be your wedding lifesaver. It’s KEY to hire an experienced wedding planner when planning during such a unique time. You need someone who is knowledgeable and has worked through a variety of unexpected situations. An experienced wedding planner has knowledge of vendors, the local wedding industry and other important details you’ll need when planning your wedding during this time.
3. Plan or reschedule for late 2020 or 2021.
If you’ve already set a date, you may have already experienced the difficulty that comes with planning during such uncertain times. For many couples, the best decision has been to reschedule for late 2020 or 2021. Many vendors are more than willing to work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. We have been working with our clients to make sure they find a new date that works for them in the midst of COVID-19.
4. Understand cancellation policies, especially the impact on retainers and refunds.
If you have decided not to reschedule and cancel your wedding instead, it’s incredibly important to understand cancellation policies for each of your vendors. It can vary from business to business but it’s very common that wedding professionals will not cancel their services for free. Some have a zero cancellation policy while others may just keep a portion of your deposit. It’s important to know this information before you make the decision to cancel your event.
5. Consider wedding insurance.
You may have never considered it before but with the state of things due to COVID-19, you may want to look into wedding insurance. If you’ve never heard of it, wedding insurance protects you from losses due to various factors such as vendor issues, people getting sick or injured, property damage, extreme weather, military deployment, lost or stolen gifts, and dress or wedding attire damage. It’s important to note that wedding insurance does not cover things like lack of funds or calling off the wedding.
As a soon to be married couple, this can be a hard time for planning your nuptials but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can still be excited and plan for your perfect day, even when things seem unpredictable. Stay tuned for our next post on rescheduling your wedding due to COVID-19!