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Hi, lovelies. Wow, what a crazy week it has been. Am I right? With the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the globe, it has displaced kids from schools, people from work, and closed numerous activities, concerts, libraries, grocery stores, and yes… even Coronavirus wedding cancellations and postponements.
On top of being a real pain in the you-know-what for people as an illness, this virus has also kicked the you-know-what out of everything fun.
Everything has been canceled.
Put on hold.
And it’s for the betterment of everyone’s health, and it is an important measure to take, but it can be really stressful if this was supposed to be your wedding date, or your bridal shower, or another memorable milestone in your life.
Sometimes, things just need to be put on hold. And if the Coronavirus has put your wedding plans on the fritz, we’re here to help you take steps to reschedule and refocus — once this virus is outta here, of course.
With many of the bans on 50 guests or more being imposed for the next 8 weeks (according to the CDC), some couples are wondering what will happen to their celebration. After months of planning, it’s only natural to wonder what will happen, or what you should do, if Coronavirus is causing a cancellation or wedding postponement. Today we’re going to talk about a few Coronavirus wedding things you need to know, along with tips on how to plan your wedding for a future date.
Wedding During Coronavirus
Here are some things you can do to plan ahead for your wedding if it is affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
With your wedding during coronavirus, there are FIVE things you can do right now:
1. Talk with your wedding venues about Coronavirus wedding cancellations + postponements.
Speak to your wedding venues to see what is being done currently for your wedding date especially if your wedding is within the next month or so. Chances are, you may need to reschedule your wedding for another date.
Make sure to speak to both your ceremony venue AND your reception venue; also, chat with your officiant. The gameplan here is to find a NEW wedding date that works with your location(s) and your officiant. This is probably not what you had in mind — no one does — but it is something that you need to take care of, ASAP.
You may also want to talk to your wedding planner, if you have one, to see what he or she has in mind. Is there a date you can reschedule to? Do you want to try for later in the year, or are you set on this season? If so, perhaps a spring 2021 wedding is a perfect fit for you and you’ll have the advantage of open dates with it being so far in advance.
If your wedding is postponed or canceled due to Coronavirus…
You can reschedule and send out new updated online invites or save the dates. You don’t have to send out traditional save the dates, invitations, etc., you can send these online. The team at Greenvelope has a great set of options, as well as the team at Joy.
If you prefer mailed announcements, you can send a “resave the date” or “postponed” announcement to guests. These are by SweetCloudDesign as an option on how to word it. These are editable templates, so you can easily customize and print yourself.
Or this “change of plans” announcement which works great for a Coronavirus wedding postponement (by Lauren Flanery Design):
Update Your Wedding Website
Next, you’ll want to edit your wedding website with the new pertinent information. Guests can use this website to access the latest updates, including your new date, venue (if you needed to make a switch), new hotel blocks to book, and more.
I know, it can sound like a hassle, but with these simple updates in place, you’ll breeze through these changes!
2. If you’re getting married months in advance, plan NOW.
If you’re planning a wedding a few months out, our advice? Get moving on that planning list ASAP. Now is the time to buy the things you need, even if it’s a little earlier than planned. This is because online shops (especially handmade or independent) will be swamped with orders once this passes and, since orders are custom, you may need to have a little time on your site.
3. Try to keep an open mind.
Tip: don’t think this is as much a cancellation of your wedding… rather, it’s a postponement. Pick a new date. Settle on new ideas — or keep the same ideas and just use them in summer or next spring. Maybe you were dreaming of a spring wedding but there’s a fit for a July or August wedding coming up. Maybe you’ll plan that fall wedding with boots and rustic barn decor you’ve always dreamed of. Try to keep an open mind. It may seem like an inconvenience (I can only imagine) but consider how it will benefit the health of your guests, your vendors, and yourself.
4. Get married anyway!
COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop you from getting married. Just elope! You heard me! Well, sort of.
I think most moms and dads would be shocked and horrified if their kids eloped without telling them they were getting married, and then just sprang it on them. So tread lightly here. But the other day, I was on Twitter and there was this tweet from a guy saying to his fiancee, “We’re getting married on May 9th regardless of Coronavirus. It may just be me and you and our officiant, but baby, we’re getting married.” It was so sweet.
So, if you’re super-set on this date and getting married, get yourself a marriage certificate, put on your favorite dress, go to the courthouse, and get married already! You can always plan a big reception bash in the summer to celebrate!
And the last thing — and this is the MOST IMPORTANT one:
5. HUG ON EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Hug on your family, friends, neighbors. Give. Be kind. Help others. Offer help. Offer support. Babysit. Bring a care package to an elderly neighbor. Stock up. Prepare. But don’t panic. Just help each other out and we’ll get through this!
Oh, and obviously: WASH YOUR HANDS. And DON’T TOUCH YOU FACE. :) But you knew that already!
So, that’s what we think of Coronavirus wedding tips. What would you add to the list?
We’re wishing health to you and your family during this time.
Here are some tips on COVID-19 from The CDC for more information.
Sending healthy vibes to you + yours-
P.S. Did you have to cancel your wedding due to the Coronavirus? Did the Coronavirus cause you to reschedule? Tell us about it below.