This is a sad year for many brides & grooms who had their hearts set on having their most special day in the 2020 wedding season. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by COVID-19 and I am here to help any couple who may need it during these difficult times.
I wanted to take this opportunity to write about ways you can deal with the situation of postponing your big day to a completely different year! It's hard, and it's okay to be upset about this. However, the most important thing to remember is that a date does not define your love for one another and even through this may seem like the saddest thing in the world. It's important to look at the positives - your health, the loved ones you have ready to celebrate with you when the time comes and your wonderful fiance who will still be there no matter what.
Celebrate on your original Date
Social distancing has made large events unattainable, however that doesn't mean you can’t have a small ceremony with a JOP & your parents to tie the knot on your original date! I have been working with the sweetest couple (which we have been planning their 2020 wedding now for two years!) who have decided to still get married on their date at their original venue with just them and their parents - How adorable right?! I am just as excited to be apart of this sweet elopement as I am for their postponed large celebration in 2021
There are many photographers and venues out there who specialize in these types of small intimate weddings. Ryan Williams photography loves to capture small weddings with both photography & video.
If this idea is not something that you are particularly into, make sure you and your fiance celebrate in your own way! Pop some champagne, plan an intimate date night (maybe even at a restaurant, if they are open this summer!!) and let this night be a reminder of your love.
When it comes to postponing, rebooking all of your vendors to fit a date that works for everyone can be super tricky. You may have to be a little flexible, having an open mind to Fridays or Sundays. However, in my experience with moving so many weddings from this season to the next I couldn't be happier with the helpfulness and support from all vendors in this wonderful industry. Everyone has been so accommodating and understanding, which means so much to a couple and their wedding planner.
Inform your guests
Once your new date has been set and it works for you and your vendors, it's important to inform your guests right away so they can make their alternate arrangements. The best thing you can do is send out “Change the Dates” and update your wedding website if you have one!
Don't forget to contact any hotels you may have wedding room blocks, to get them to change the date and update your guests rooms - this is a small way to help out your guests.
Remember, you are not alone, there are so many couples dealing with the same situation and you have an entire industry working together to best assist our couples. This is no one's fault & there was no way anyone could have seen this coming. We will get through this difficult time and on the other end we will have a wonderful season full of celebrations & memories!