Try not to let a global pandemic steal your wedding planning joy.
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.
Follow Government Mandated Safety Precautions
While we may be experts in wedding planning, we are certainly not medical experts. For information on staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we recommend following up with:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO).
- Stay informed and avoid misinformation by checking in with WHO’s COVID-19 myth buster page.
Advice from Beautiful Day Planning
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
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