Oh god, it’s a toughie isn’t it? We’re not going to sugarcoat it and pretend that planning a wedding amongst COVID 19 madness is easy, but we’re also not going to add to distressing noise saying that it’s all lost. There’s a few things you can do to give yourself the best chance with it – find them below:
Check your contracts and insurance
It may be dry, but it’s SO important – check your contracts with your suppliers & venue so that you’re informed on the implications of your potential options. Each supplier may have stipulated slightly different payment terms and be operating different cancellation or rescheduling policies. Speak with your wedding insurance first and foremost to understand the terms of your policy and where you stand.
Sit together and have the scary conversation – do you want to reschedule? Or do you just want to adjust the day to minimise the risk? For example, could you make it a more intimate affair, could important guests join via Skype, or could you host a delayed reception when things are back to normal?
Chat to your suppliers
We’re really proud to have curated a selection of suppliers who we know are 100% on your team, which means that they’ll do everything in their power to make things the best for you – so definitely get in touch with them to see what they say. They’ll be able to help explain your options with them, so you can make an informed decision on what to do next. Crucially, don’t think they’re against you – they’re as devastated for you as you are, we promise.
Speak with your guests
Keep your guests in the loop – they are family & friends, and they’re there to support you. It’s best to keep them as up to date as you can so they too can make plans. It also preempts any extra stress of constant queries, which are well-meaning but may be more panicking than welcomed! Letting your guests know via an email newsletter or wedding website will be the quickest way to get to everyone.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, so some guests may be unable to take the risk of travelling to your wedding. Don’t take offence – it doesn’t mean they love you any less, it just means you’ll need to party twice as hard when you see them again!
Pare it back
Think local. You may need to prioritise what’s actually available, so be prepared to tweak the design of your day to allow for possible lack of access to certain varieties of food & flower. Speak to your suppliers to see what they’d recommend – and don’t think this means you won’t have a super aesthetic wedding. There’s a load of exceptional local talent in the UK – so relish the challenge!
If you are yet to order items with traditionally long lead times, be organised by ordering early – rings, dresses, suits all fall within these categories.
Look after yourself
This sounds stupid, but looking after yourselves is exceptionally important in a time like this. Trying to find the joy in the little things – flowers in your garden, your pet by your side, the fact you’ve finally got the chance to batch making soup like you always envisioned you would as an adult – is key to trying to stay level.