PANDEMIC PANIC – KEEP CALM AND PLAN ON
Couples all over the world have had their wedding plans messed up by the current coronavirus pandemic. But, after every dark night, there is a brighter day. So, we say, fret not, stay home, stay safe and utillise your social distancing time to plan an even better wedding celebration!
The good news is that after speaking to experts across the industry – wedding planners, caterers, venue owner etc, we can tell you that everyone is working towards newer ideas, and they will all come through to support young couples make a better tomorrow than today.
Here are some practical pointers from the Mostly Handmade team, to help you plan for a wedding after the corona virus crisis –
If your wedding was planned between June to August then you might consider pushing it back to a later date.
If you were planning a wedding between September to December, you still have a realistic chance that things will be okay by then, so keep planning cautiously, keeping options open in case the dreaded cancellation becomes a reality later on.
Here’s the most important things you should do to plan a wedding in 2020 –
- Find a flexible location:
Start scouting for locations that offer free cancellation and easy re-scheduling. Considering the situation, most locations are being flexible so you should have plenty of options. Don’t forget to ask about their refund policy and insurance options, you might be pleasantly surprised! Try to get their commitments in writing, even if it’s just an email to avoid confusions later on.
PRO TIP: If your wedding is outdoors, consider weather changes over the coming six months to make sure that come rain or sunshine, the venue will work for your theme.
- Find local vendors and communicate often with them:
Don’t hold back! Communicate exactly what your plan is with all your major vendors. Give them a target date and try to come up with an alternate month in case of postponement, so that in case of the worst, you’ll know that all your vendors are available for you at the same time a few months down the line. Top of the list comes your planner, photographer, decorator, florist and caterer. Try to ensure that everyone is located in the same city so that no one needs cancel due to travel restrictions.
- Find a flexible location:
- Find a professional Invitation Expert:
This one is important. With many fluid changes happening daily, take the help of a professional to communicate regularly with your guests. This will free up your time and avoid confusions closer to the date. Mostly Handmade, for example, offers Covid Special invitation packages of complete matching themes containing postponement announcers , online menus, maps, main wedding invitations, program for the day and even emergency hotline for your guests. This way your wedding looks thoughtful and professionally managed and guests feel safe and taken care of.
Give your guests a cancellation deadline as well, to make your planning better. Once again, your card studio will help you mention these details in your invitations so that guests can make decisions and let you know timely.Ask your stationery expert for rush printing and express shipping if you are sending out a physical card so that you can hold out on your date till the moment you are absolutely sure of it.
- Be considerate of your guests:
It’s your wedding, the most important day in your life, but the last thing you want in your celebration is to make a lot of people sick so share details of how the caterers and hospitality partners are working in safe and hygienic conditions, offer safety kits in the hotel rooms and keep a doctor on call, in case of any emergencies, so your guests feel extra secure.If you are expecting guests to travel in for your big day, pay attention to what the experts (such as WHO & CDC) are saying. Share these website links with out of towners, so that they can check for their travel possibilities and RSVP to you before the cancellation deadline.
It’s your wedding, the most important day in your life, but the last thing you want in your celebration is to make a lot of people sick so share details of how the caterers and hospitality partners are working in safe and hygienic conditions, offer safety kits in the hotel rooms and keep a doctor on call, in case of any emergencies, so your guests feel extra secure.
- Consider a Livestream:
For elderly guests or those who choose not to travel, Mostly Handmade suggests setting up a simple flat screen TV with a special wedding live stream on Facebook or Instagram – simple ! Make sure you assign a responsible cousin or bestie to execute this, so that you are not disturbed in the middle of your big day.
If you have already though of all these pointers, kudos ! You are our pick for thoughtful couple of the year and well on your way to execute a fabulous wedding day. If this article helped you figure out how to make sense out of the coronavirus madness, we are glad to be of help.If you have more unanswered queries or helpful tips for other troubled couples, do share and help us make things better for everyone. Write to us at email@example.com with your suggestions and questions and you’ll hear back soon.You can also visit our website www.mostlyhandmade.com for special e-cards, & postponement announcers. You can also book a designer for your invitation needs to be managed from end to end.Till then, stay safe, cheer up and here’s to silver linings!