Hi everyone. We hope you are all well at this time. This is a little different from our normal blog posts but we wanted to give some helpful insight to brides affected by Covid-19 (coronavirus). While in quarantine we’ve been carefully planning this post for a while and we have some information that’ll help you moving forward through these times. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
Some couples have been planning their wedding for two years, some for 6 months. Whatever the case may be, as a couple you might be devastated about having to reschedule your wedding. I know, that’s quite a tough one to think about. I’d like to lessen the blow a little for you. I’m calling it “A Plan to Replan." Most weddings will have to be replanned or postponed as gatherings aren't being allowed right now.
Be Optimistic. In my first point I’d like to talk a little about being optimistic moving forward. One of our brides decided to push her wedding back. No one wants to do that but I loved what she said. I’m paraphrasing here but she said “It’s unfortunate to have to move the date but the bright side is I get to be a bride for that much longer.” Maybe it’s just me but I thought it was pretty cool to think that way. In being optimistic, remember that you have all this experience in planning so to do some slight replanning might not be as tough as you think. I’ve heard several success stories of couples replanning their entire wedding in under a week. Which brings me to my next point.
Consider a wedding planner. You don’t have to be alone in postponing your wedding day. For most people, planning a wedding can be overwhelming because there’s so many moving parts. If you have a wedding planner during Covid-19 the replanning process will be 100 times less stressful. Your planner will be able to contact your vendors for you and do a number of things that would take you days to do. The first thought for most people is ‘goodness this will just be another expense’ or ‘I can just do it on my own instead.’ I’d like to shine some light on that though. That was my first thought as well but planners will actually help you save money and a huge headache. As a bride, you are most likely doing this for the first time. Planners have so much more experience in putting together a wedding, sometimes hundreds of weddings. So they know what works and what doesn’t. They know where couples can save money. We actually have a blog post - The Importance of Planners & Coordinators - speaking with one of the best wedding planners - Alyssa Arlene Events - that you can check out. There’s so much good information in there that you can’t afford to not check it out.
Vendors. Not going to be long on this topic but honestly there are some great vendors willing to work with you for your wedding. Some of us are rescheduling at not extra charge due to the circumstances. As you replan it's a great idea to keep all of your vendors on the same page if you're trying to keep them. Try to avoid booking dates before checking your vendors' availability. I'd recommend you check their availability first. Your planner will be a big help in this.
Consider a Sunday or weekday. With everyone rescheduling weddings we know that fall dates can fill up quickly. With that being said I’d encourage you to look into getting married on a Sunday if Fridays and Saturdays are filled. Some venues offer really good discounts for Sunday weddings. We’ve shot a couple of Sunday weddings and it felt no different than a Saturday. You can go as far as considering a weekday wedding. These are becoming more and more popular than you think.
Marry now, celebrate later. This isn’t for everyone but another consideration could be getting married as planned. Have your officiant marry you on the day of your wedding and have your celebration later when it’s safe.
With everything said, your ‘Plan to Replan’ may look different from others and that’s okay. We just want to encourage you in your replanning process. Replanning your wedding isn’t always a bad thing. You can save your life and another by doing so.
Lastly, we believe that we serve a sovereign God and that everything He does happens for a reason, even with this pandemic. Our plans aren’t always His plans. Our thoughts isn’t His thoughts. This too shall past, and when it does we can get back to normalcy.
I’d like to end with this scripture that I’m reminded of in these tough times:
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
Love you all.