There is no doubt that the existing COVID-19 pandemic has affected and disrupted many things around the world, and the fact that it is not going anywhere anytime soon means that we must learn how to live with it. That’s arguably the more reason people are encouraged to adopt the ‘new normal’ way of doing things. This cuts across, and those in events planning industry, such as weddings, have not spared either. So, what are you supposed to known if you’re planning your big day even with this biting coronavirus pandemic? Well, we compiled a guide to make sure you’ve a great corona wedding that will remain in memories.
1. Understand the situation at hand and containment measures in place
The situation right now is fluid and will, arguably, remain to be so throughout the remaining bit of this year 2020. Therefore, your wedding planning will be pegged some other external factors that you may really not have control over. These include the containment measures that the various governments are putting together to curb the spread of this novel virus. The measures may affect the guest count, wedding and location and travels as well to mention a few.
Wedding planning experts agree that the wedding industry has largely been disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.
However, they still are in agreement that the crisis should not bar you from celebrating your big day whether allowed to do it in a small scale or large scale as you’d dreamt of.
In order understand the situation and be better placed in terms of making well-informed decisions, you will need to closely follow what is happening around you, maintain constant engagement with your guests as well as vendors and maintain an open mind in case of any restrictions that might throw you back to the drawing board.
2. Make that big decision
Once you’ve understood the situation around your suggested wedding date in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will certainly need to make that decision – whether to carry on with your wedding preparations or postpone to a later date. Whatever decision you will, in consultation with your partner, arrive at, you will need to keep all those involved in the loop. Keep them on the know.
There are many factors that you will need to consider when making up your minds. For instance, had you signed any contracts with the vendors? If yes, you will need to have a honest and transparent discussion with them before arriving at the final decision. Understand, for instance, what it will mean to cancel the contracts and, generally, the cancellation policies.
Experts advice that if you’ve really come to that stretch of having to call off your wedding until a later date, then you will have to consult with your suppliers and make the cancellation at least two to three months before. Don’t wake up and just postpone the vent. That might see you running into problems that may end up costing you a big time.
3. Consider the safety of all
In the event that you decide to continue with your wedding preparations, then you’ll not have any other option other than making sure the safety of everybody who’ll attend, whether vendors or guests, is absolutely guaranteed.
Consider whether the venue you had chosen, or hotel for that matter, can accommodate the number of people you’ve invited. Seek out to know the kind and amount of adjustments that you might need to make in order not to compromise the safety of all those present. Consider the amount of extra fee that you might need to incur in the event that you want to maintain the previous number of guests in the wake of social distancing due to the coronavirus crisis.
On the flipside, you can identify the negotiables and see how you may not run into unexpected or unbudgeted costs. For example, you can decide whether to have a ballroom wedding of around 300 guests, as earlier planned, or scaling it down to a garden wedding with 100 guests.
On matters safety of all, stick to the defined COVID-19 safety precautions such as everyone being in a mask, having thermo scans, hand washing and sanitizing points and you’ll minimise any chances of someone contracting or spreading the highly contagious coronavirus in your wedding. It is obvious that the last thing you would want is people falling sick out of attending your wedding celebration. This will give your guests confidence of attending your wedding. Basically, pay attention to what health experts are saying.
4. Be flexible and manage your expectations
If you choose to carry on with your wedding preparations, then one important thing that you will to adjust is your expectations. For instance, expect the guest count to drop either due to travel restrictions, maybe, or some electing not to travel due to the fear of the pandemic. You might also need to be ready in the unlikely events that you will not do what you would really wanted to do in a normal situation.
5. Work with what’s available
Don’t strain yourself too much. Agree that we’re currently going through difficult times. For instance, understand that in the event that you placed flower orders from too far, they might not get to you as fresh as you would have wished due to travel issues currently being experienced in various places. In such cases, it is essential to have back up plans.
Did you know that you also source locally to avoid many hiccups during your bog day? You heard it right. Buy what is locally available instead of shipping something.
6. Observe extra-high hygiene
Health experts have been encouraged people to practice extra hygiene like avoiding shaking hands as much as possible, washing of hands and sanitizing regularly, avoiding pressing elevator buttons, avoiding touching or rubbing your faces and touching door knobs.
7. How about a virtual wedding?
This is a great idea particularly for those elderly guests who would want to attend your wedding but cannot due to COVID-19. Here, you only need to stream your wedding proceedings and those at home will be following. There are some countries and states have recognized zoom weddings as legal and binding.
Lastly, you, certainly, agree that tough times calls for tough choices and, therefore, make adjustments here and there and you will, still, celebrate your corona wedding just as you could have done in any normal circumstances.
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