Its been in the news since before the holidays, and now coronavirus (COVID-19) has made landfall in the US and started to impact events. Just this week, marathons, parades and even even some presidential primaries have been postponed, and large events have been cancelled. In the wedding industry, there have been delays for gowns and decor coming from overseas, and some of your wedding vendors may be doing video meetings to make things easier for you.
I want to make sure you have the tools to move forward with your wedding. whether your date is just around the corner, or not until autumn. I have a few tips so you can get ahead of the game in the instance there is interference on your wedding day.
What if my wedding day is affected by a restriction on size or location?
The news headlines will tell you that some larger social gatherings have been banned or urged to postpone depending on location. For couples with guests coming to the US for your wedding, there’s a chance they may be restricted from entering the country. Some of my couples who didn’t have a wedding planner on their team have reached out for some names so they have an industry expert helping them navigate uncertain times. I am happy to share some names with you as well – just send me a note.
What happens if a lot of our guests are unable to make it?
Some of my couples have immunocompromised or elderly guests that have planned to attend your special day. Sadly, they may have to make the hard decision to not be at your wedding. Smaller weddings be just as sweet, and with great photos, you will have something to share with them. Some venues are going above and beyond, creating a plan to livestream weddings for the guests who were unable to make it.
What happens if one of my wedding vendors is ill or has been asked to quarantine?
I hope all of my couples with upcoming weddings have been in communication with their wedding vendors. Many vendors have been proactive and sent out emails to their couples to go over contingency plans. If someone on your all-star wedding team is a solo business owner, they should have a plan in place for dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
What if my wedding venue has to close?
It’s never too early to start the conversation now with your wedding venue so you can be up to date of any significant changes they may choose to make. So many venues have been very accommodating so don’t hesitate to open up communication channels with them. It’s a great idea to review the contract with your venue to get with the cancellation clauses.
What if my wedding gown arrival is supposed to be delayed?
A huge percentage of wedding gowns are made overseas in China – even the designer gowns!. Pick up the phone and call your bridal salon about options. Ask about floor samples. These are also many options for closeout and redesigned gowns so try not to panic.
What if we have to postpone our wedding due to being sick?
This is where previously reading your contract and being aware of what it says about rescheduling will be helpful. If you’re still not sure, reach out to your vendors and ask what their policies are about rescheduling.
Should we get insurance and will it cover coronavirus?
I think wedding insurance is a great thing to have because it does cover many things however most wedding insurers have stated they would NOT cover coronavirus related wedding issues.
There’s no doubt its important to get married. While your plans may have to change, your wedding day can still be perfect because you get to marry your sweetie. Its a good idea to visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control regularly to stay up to date since things are changing rapidly.
How can we stay calm in the storm?
I’m a huge fan of finding balance, especially in uncertain times. I love looking at The Happy Broadcast on Instagram for uplifting headlines. There are some great Mindfulness Meditation apps that can help you get in the routine of pausing and just taking a few deep breaths.