Should We Cancel Our Wedding Because of the Coronavirus?
Updated: Mar 21, 2020
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7
Hello, I am Brittny Williams, Principal Designer at Fab Season Events, and I want to give you tips, inspiration and guidance to have the power to make sound decisions for you and your loved ones on your wedding day during this pandemic.
The anxiety is setting in!
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult”
You’ve been dreaming of this day for months. You’ve finalized your last payments on vendors and just finished up your final fitting on your gorgeous wedding gown. The Coronavirus plans to disrupt your holy matrimony—panic ensues. Join the many panicky brides and grooms-to-be who are stuck navigating the decision on whether to tie the knot or cancel their wedding altogether. But, before you choose the latter, here are 5 tips to consider:
1. Embrace the Reality- Let’s imagine that the Coronavirus is here to stay. That shouldn’t stop love or safety of you and your loved ones. Imagine your host greeting guests with custom hand sanitizers as wedding favors. Let’s be honest, the wedding programs make it as far as the trash can by the end of the cocktail hour. Instead of programs, place disinfectant wipes at each seat. The possibilities are endless as to creative ways to keep your loved ones safe.
2. Read the fine print- All vendors are creatives and during this pandemic, they, more than anyone rely on the payments of clients to sustains their business. Read your wedding contract before postponing your wedding. Even if there is a clause that restrict you from moving the date, reach out to your vendors and venues to see if they would be flexible on moving the date to a time later on in the year.
3. Back off the Buffet- If possible, switch from a buffet-styled service to plated dinners. This outbreaks gives new meaning to “too many hands in the pot.” If you are unable to switch to plated dinners, consider “white glove” dedicated servers to reduce the amount of guest touching the food and serving utensils.
4. Reduce Your Guest Count- In all likelihood, there will be many people who will refuse to participate or attend your wedding. Don’t take it personal. If your wedding is in the coming days, consult your respective state-imposed limits on gathering quotas. If you have already received your RSVPs, considering contacting as many attendees as possible to ensure that they will still be able to attend your wedding.
5. If all else fails- Consider getting wedding insurance. Wedding insurance coverage comes in two categories: Cancellation and Liability. When you’ve done all you can and left with no other alternatives, but to cancel, wedding insurance can insulate you from incurring huge losses and the ability to plan your wedding on a future date.
Explore all alternatives before making a decision to cancel your wedding. Consider taking extra precaution while planning your wedding in light of the Coronavirus. Reach out to wedding experts if you're not sure what to do.
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