The COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting lives everywhere.
*Updated for 2021
Mike Staff Productions is consistently the following the latest changes in rules and regulations here in Michigan due to the pandemic. Large gatherings continue to be affected to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our communities and our state. Have comfort knowing we allow couples to reschedule their wedding as many times as necessary due to COVID-19.
- For help planning your wedding during the pandemic review our exclusive COVID-19 Wedding Planning Resource Guide.
If your wedding has been impacted by this pandemic, keep reading to learn your options.
1. Let Your Vendors Know Your Decision
Whatever your situation, if you’re postponing your wedding, you need to update those that are making it happen. Contact all vendors. Understand that they are likely experiencing an influx of calls, so be patient. Vendors want to help and accommodate each couple to the best of their ability during this interesting time.
2. Understand Your Contracts and Wedding Insurance
Read your contracts over to learn if and how your vendors will allow you to reschedule. This is also a good time to check in on any wedding insurance you may have gotten. Also, if you’ve already booked your honeymoon, check in on your travel insurance and see how this will all impact you.
3. Create a Communication Plan
You will want to communicate your plan with you guests as soon as possible. If you have a wedding website, then post your updated plans there as they come available. You can also communicate via email, phone calls, or texts. The important thing is to get them the updated information, so they can make adjustments to travel plans and any necessary bookings.
4. It’s Ok to Be Upset
You’re upset, and that is okay. Don’t hide your feelings. Don’t pretend everything is normal. This is a very unique situation that you could have never planned for. Allow yourself to be upset. Process your emotions. Talk it out with your fiance, friends, or family.
5. You Can Still Celebrate
If you must postpone your wedding, don’t let that stop you from celebrating. This was the wedding date you chose, and this date will always be special. This pandemic impacted you, and you’re never going to forget this situation. Why not make the most of it? Plan a date-night (at home, of course). If talking wedding related things help – then do it! Use this extra time to plan. If wedding related things are putting a damper on your mood, then set it aside and enjoy each other’s company.
6. Need additional help?
Trust & care are two things that should be non-negotiable between us and our clients. We are here to help guide you through this uncharted territory.
Pandemic Wedding Planning Advice from Beautiful Day Planning
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by wedding planning during COVID-19, you’re not alone. The coronavirus global pandemic is affecting us all and couples planning their weddings in 2020 and 2021 are faced with unique challenges that are totally unprecedented.
Our mission at Mike Staff Productions to help take the stress out of wedding planning so you can still have the wedding of your dreams. We teamed up with our friends at Beautiful Day Planning to offer some expert wedding planning advice for navigating this complicated experience. Let’s take a deep breath (whew, that felt good!) and dive in.
Written by: Jennie Weigand, Beautiful Day Planning
You’ve planned the perfect wedding. You’ve had a countdown till “the day” going for months, maybe even years. So what happens when the world has other plans? Or maybe you’re newly engaged and just starting out on your wedding planning field trip. How do you approach all of this?
Welcome to Planning a Wedding During a Global Pandemic.
Obviously the times we are in are unprecedented. In my 12 years as a wedding planner, I have postponed exactly one wedding on short notice. In the past two weeks, I’ve helped to postpone 10.
So how do we move forward? Whether you’re postponing or just starting out, my advice is the same – keep chugging along!
What the World needs right now is happiness, hope, and to be able to focus on something good. You may not realize just how refreshing it is to get your inquiry or to keep your business for your new date. In some cases, your deposit is keeping food on someone’s table.
Pandemic Wedding Planning Checklist
- Read the contracts.
- Talk to your vendors and understand what happens if you have to postpone or cancel. Although most vendors did not have clauses to handle this specific situation, they probably will now.
- If you’re starting your planning, make sure to talk thru that situation with your vendors and read the terms.
- If you’re already booked, talk to your vendors to see how they’re handling all of this.
- If you’re just starting out – consider hiring a wedding planner. Not only can we guide you thru the normal process of planning a wedding, we are invaluable if an insane situation like this comes up. We will take stress off of your shoulders and we will make the whole planning process easier and more enjoyable.
You may be concerned about the retainers that you’ve already paid, I promise we aren’t out to take your money without doing the work – in fact, most of us are mourning right along with you because we love what we do and we ache for the chance to practice our craft. Don’t assume that your vendors will be difficult; we all understand this situation is unique and are working with our clients to come up with the best solution for everyone. But realize that most vendors are small businesses that before now never thought they’d have to prepare for mass cancellations in a short period of time. We are all learning as we go. We’re just happy that you’re willing to take that journey with us!
Finally, if you’re one of the couples being forced to postpone due to this craziness, try and keep your chin up! You will have a wedding and I promise it will be fantastic.
The most important part is you’re marrying the person that you love – everything else is gravy. If this situation has taught us nothing else, it has taught us to appreciate what we have. It’s ok to mourn the loss of your original date, be sad for a bit, but then pick your awesome self up off the floor and focus on the epic party you’ll be having once we get thru this!
Because new plans, or postponed plans, I can guarantee you that your vendors are ready for a party! We’re all in this together and we’ve GOT THIS!
Stay home, stay safe… and wash your hands. – Jennie
Mike Staff Productions Re-Opening Guidelines
Mike Staff Productions is excited to announce that we’re opening our doors for appointments only. Our team will continue to monitor federal, state, and local public health communications about COVID-19 regulations in Michigan, guidance, and recommendations to ensure that you and our team are in a safe environment. Here are our new operating guidelines:
Our Safety Measures:
- Masks and hand sanitizer are available at both our Troy & Plymouth offices.
- There will be 30 minutes between meetings to allow for proper disinfecting of all surfaces.
- You will be asked to have your temperature checked upon arrival.
- Touch-less thermometers are used
Please refrain from visiting if you have these symptoms:
- Fever of 100.4+
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Joint and Muscle Pain
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