So I really understand how stressful it must be to have the coronavirus affecting your wedding day and your original plans. A lot of people are panicking right now, and I want to offer some guidance to help you navigate this tricky situation.
First, I just want you to pause right now, and just take a deep breath.
We may not have all the answers right now, however I know we will get through this and things will all work out. Just remember your wedding is all about you and your best friend getting married and spending your lives together. So with that being said, let’s dive into it!!
First off: There’s no use in worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. I’m TOTALLY one of those people who will stay up all night thinking about the “what if?” questions (enneagram 6 here!) but it will only stress you out more to consider the worst case scenario.
If the coronavirus is affecting your wedding day plans, there’s a few options you have to consider instead of cancelling! Be sure to keep your vendors (especially your venue + photographer) in the loop during this process as well so you can continue to have them on your day! Sit down with your partner and discuss these options to see what best fits your personalities and wants for your day!
- Elope! Imagine just you, your fiance, a few close family members, your officiant & photographer. Reading your vows to one another in a super cute location! Eloping doesn’t have to be on a mountaintop or fancy location! It can be at your local park or somewhere meaningful like in your home or in your backyard. You can elope on your original wedding date, and save the reception/big party for later!
- Reschedule your plans for a future date. Keeping all the same details and plans for your day, just a new date later on! Make sure to discuss available dates with your venue and check in with your photographer, and other vendors that they are available as well!
- Have your ceremony still & live-stream to everyone who couldn’t make it! There’s so many free resources to use, like Zoom, to live stream the ceremony to your friends and family at home.
Keep in mind, depending on your choice, some guests might not be comfortable coming still. But it will be okay! I’ll eat their portion of dessert and show off my horrible dance moves for them. But when you get that inevitable e-mail or text or call, try your best to be okay with it (they probably feel awful to cancel on you, and maybe have some health issues or symptoms and don’t want to risk spreading it!) Just make plans in the future to grab dinner together to make up for it and remember you can always livestream your ceremony for them to watch and celebrate from afar.
It’s absolutely a tough time & very upsetting that the corona virus is affecting your wedding day. I know this is not an easy decision for you guys, but at the end of the day, this is why you chose your partner and to spend your lives together. Being able to get through these difficult times together & making the best out of situations no matter what! Always just remember it’s truly about your marriage together, and not just the wedding day!
Your day will be filled of joy, love, and alllllll the happiness regardless of what you choose. Because you’re getting married!!! And that is def something to still celebrate!
A note to my 2020 couples that the coronavirus is affecting your wedding day:
I am here for you no matter what. This is such a challenging time, but I promise I will do my best to help you have a wonderful wedding day still! If something drastic DOES happen, like the government not allowing private parties/weddings or your venue having to temporarily close, let me know ASAP and I will send you the full list of dates I have open for the rest of 2020 and 2021. If you end up rescheduling to due the coronavirus, contract, payment amounts, all that sort of stuff will stay the same. My plan is to photograph your day whether it happens sooner or later with a million guests or just the 3 of us. We will work it out- do not worry! I have had only a couple weddings reschedule so far, but we have been able to work out a new date that works for everyone and come up with a plan. I seriously appreciate you guys so so much and my heart hurts for you guys dealing with this! Thank you so much for keeping me in the loop though and working together to come up with a new wedding day plan!