We are now 30 days into the Covid-19 crisis and it seems that the whole world is on pause. Weddings and events have been cancelled, postponed or altered. And we all look forward to when we can get together again with our friends and families.
As the government starts to decide on how the economy should open up, there are some things you might want to think about and plan for in this uncertain time. We don’t know what the future is going to look like and as a planner, I try to think of every possible scenario.
No matter where you are in the planning process, if your date was affected by this shut-down, you might want to consider some of these tips.
Review your Guest List
We don’t know how long it will be until we can gather in large groups again. What if we are only allowed to have 100 people, 50 people, 10 people? Depending on your wedding date, you may still be restricted to a certain amount of guests.
Most couples will fall into the following categories:
- You have a date and just started planning. No Save-the-Dates or Invitations have been sent.
- You had to reschedule your date, but you have sent Save-the-Dates, but not Invitations.
- You had to reschedule your date, and have already sent Invitations.
If you haven’t sent out anything, you just have the unpleasant job of deciding who to leave out. But if you have sent out Save-the-Dates or Invitations, if need be, you have to let people know they have been cut.
For those who have send notices, simply send or resend invitations to the minimum amount of people allowed. To the others, send a card expressing regret and stating that if restrictions ease further, you will send an invitation.
Remember, even if restrictions lift completely, many people may still feel nervous about attending large gatherings right away. Plan on some declines or no-show’s. It might be a good idea to personally check with vulnerabilities or have to travel.
Buy online and arrange your decor items in easy to display boxes or totes that are clearly labeled with directions for your planner or the person who is setting up for you. They will really appreciate the effort.
Now is a good time to sit down together and reassess your finances, which may have drastically changed from when you first started planning. Even you have already paid all your vendors, you probably still need to reassess your situation for your honeymoon or post-wedding plans.
Review your song list and seating chart to update any changes. Maybe you have discovered some new tunes to incorporate into your ceremony or reception. Some guests or a member of your wedding party may have decided not to (or can’t) make it to your new date. Keep everything up-to-date as things evolve.
Keep your wedding website updated, but not with every little detail. If you have already directed your guests to your website, keeping them in the loop is essential. But don’t update with changes that are not concrete or consequential. For example, if you had to change venues, obviously, update. If you had to change caterers, but are still offering the same selections, keep that to yourself. They will never know the difference.
Schedule a virtual meeting with your Florist
Especially if you have moved from a Spring to Fall wedding. Even if you don’t change your color scheme, you might need to consider different blooms for the fall based on price and availability.
Many factors go into flower growing just like all other commodities: location, transportation, labor, season and demand. Your florist is staying on top of this fluid situation and is your best guide to helping you maximize your dollar. This is especially true if you have already paid.
Check in with your Dress or Attire
Not naming names (me!), but some of you may be better than others at maintaining your weight during this time of seclusion and delivery service (thank you DoorDash.)
If you have already bought your dress or attire and had it altered or sized, I would occasionally try it on to make sure you haven’t gained (or lost) too much weight. Time is your only friend if you need to take control of your diet or schedule another alteration appointment.
After all this waiting, showing up on your wedding day and not having your dress or suit fit properly would be an absolute bummer.
We are really All in this Together
This is stressful time for couples and wedding vendors alike. Behind the scenes, there are vendors helping other vendors during this time, so we can stay strong and be there to help our couples. Don’t be afraid to turn to us for guidance and support. We want to be here for you.
And as always…