Amidst the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19, couples getting married in the upcoming months are feeling a strong sense of uncertainty. With state mandated restrictions, government prompted recommendations and a general feeling of information overload, many couples are considering the postponement of their special day until the virus subsides.
As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, the buzz surrounding COVID-19 only contributes to the overall stress of wedding planning. Our message to brides and grooms is to stay educated. Your special day is all about you! The mood, the tone, and the general excitement you look forward to for months will still be everything you’ve imagined (and planned for). In this land of uncertain territory, fueling up on the latest credited information will prove to be helpful. There are still many unanswered questions, like how long this virus will continue to affect our day-to-day lives and ultimately the wedding industry. However, there are some very trusted and informative resources available to guide you and provide answers to your burning questions. We recommend staying up-to-date on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) prior to making any rash decisions.
In addition, lean on the wedding professionals you’ve hired and entrusted with your special day. Learn from your vendors what their policies are regarding deposits, date changes, and guest minimums in the event you do need to postpone your wedding. Keep an open dialogue with your vendors as the days progress and new information unfolds. See what kind of flexibility they have and when a final decision may be required.
As with any relationship, communication is key! Your relationship with your wedding guests requires a heightened level of communication during this unclear time. Given that weddings include your closest family and friends, remember that they all want to be there for you! This, however, doesn’t stop the general concern/hesitation of many individuals. So, empathize with your guests. Inform and include them in your decision-making process, so that they can plan ahead. Utilizing personalized wedding websites and social media to communicate a consistent message to your guests without having to spend a tremendous amount of time will help to alleviate the stress they’re feeling and ultimately allow you to refocus on your next steps.
Looking for General Advice & Assistance?
We’re here to help! Discover Saratoga Weddings is a complimentary resource for couples planning their special day, looking for recommendations on venues/vendors and general wedding related advice. We’re in this together, we’ll get through this together and we’ll carry on together. To get in touch with our Wedding Manager, Alyssa Aufiero, call 518-584-1531 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.