Let’s be honest, we are all ultra-connected and often overwhelmed with information on a regular day, so this coronavirus outbreak is hitting us extra hard, extra quick & where it hurts the most. So so many people are panicking, hurting, stressing and searching for answers that no one really seems to have. The situation and information seems to be changing every ten minutes, the media is a circus and the people in charge are S T R U G G L I N’ for lack of a better word. Meanwhile we’re all sitting at home, rationing our favorite snacks and hoping we don’t burn through our Netflix queue too quickly. So before we even start thinking about anything else, I think it’s important to just breathe.
Grab your favorite drink and sit down for a second. Turn off the TV. Let your mind settle. Give yourself some grace because you deserve it, yeah?
Okay, so we did that. Now I’m saying hello to you from my stockpile of toilet paper, thee frozen section of Trader Joe’s and my year-long addiction of nice smelling hand soaps.
If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re supposed to get married soon and you’re in a little bit of a bind, unsure what next steps to take. Props to all of you for being proactive and trying to get on top of this thing. I’m here to tell you that it’s doable, that there ARE solutions, and that at the end of the day the only thing that TRULY matters is that you get married to your person and start your future together.
Let’s get right to the part where we work together to make sure that happens.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
As of today, there is an eight-week ban preventing events with more than 50 people. It’s also been recommended to keep all gatherings in general to under 10 people, and to especially stay at least 6 feet away from high-risk groups. (inhale, exhale).
Here are three realistic, easily executable options that you have to deal with that.
- Change things up. If you are just READY to be married and your heart isn’t absolutely sold on the idea of a huge wedding, hold a smaller event (elope!) that fits the restrictions (even if it’s just the two of you, your photographer and an officiant). Yeah, some people will probably be sad about no longer being able to attend. But here’s the thing –you can always have a big wedding later to make up for it.
- Reschedule your wedding, don’t cancel. #SaveEvents!! Contact your vendors ASAP, in order of their importance to you and your day, and see what future dates they have available. Look into Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays as possible wedding dates if you’re really worried about being able to reschedule all your vendors together. Chances are they will be more than happy to work with you, to figure out how to make it possible.
- Hold your wedding as planned, and set up a Livestream for those that cannot be present. You can use apps like Zoom or even a Facebook live to do this. You can even ask your videographer if you’ve booked one what their capabilities with this would be.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOUR WEDDING IS ALL ABOUT YOU AND WHAT MATTERS TO YOU.
If your wedding is within the next three months, sit with those options together and really think about what serves the two of YOU the most. What are your priorities for this wedding? What about the day matters the most to you? Is it a big ceremony + party that you’re most excited about, or you just want to say those vows and start your married life?
Once you’ve figured that out, contact your vendors. TALK to them. Everyone is hurting right now, but it is a particularly scary time for small business owners who want to simultaneously serve their clients to the best of their ability, but also keep their businesses afloat and protect their own families and finances. Chances are, they just want to find a solution, too, and they will work with you as much as possible to find one. (If one of your vendors isn’t acting this way, email me and let’s find you a better one).
Whether you elope and have the most bangin’ 5-year vow renewal EVER later on with all your family and friends, laughing about the shenanigans that 2020 threw at you and how much stronger your relationship is because of it or you just postpone your wedding to 2021 and have THAT much more time to find your perfect dress, at the end of the day you will be married and that’s what matters most. Your wedding is about YOU & YOUR PERSON so whatever you want to do is what you should do.
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- For more direct steps to take when it comes to postponing your wedding, you should definitely go read my blog post on this here.
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