During this stressful time, many people, organizations and industries are being affected by COVID-19. If you are someone who has your wedding planned in the near future, you may be under a lot of stress trying to decide what you should do about your upcoming wedding date.
Most wedding planners and vendors as well as Omaha event halls are suggesting that couples postpone their ceremonies due to the virus and the many rules that are being implemented about gatherings. If you are someone who will need to postpone your wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind.
It’s okay to be upset
While there are a lot of scary and important things happening right now, it is still okay for you to be upset about having to push back the date of your wedding. Your wedding day is filled with joy, love and happiness but it is okay to be sad that you don’t get to experience that on the day you were planning. In addition, wedding planning is a lot of work. It is expected that you should be a little upset that all that hard work won’t be coming to fruition as soon as you expected. One important thing to keep in mind is that it will still happen!
If you are set on the traditional ceremony that you originally planned, pick a new date, contact some Omaha event halls and plan for that. If you don’t mind switching things up a bit, consider eloping on your original date and throwing a reception later on. Either way, your marriage will still happen.
When asking for advice on what to do in this situation, most will say to postpone and not to cancel. This is because most of the time you cannot get your original deposit back from vendors. You more than likely signed a contract when you booked, and that deposit is theirs to keep. Even if the vendor is waiving that rule and returning deposits, it is important to acknowledge the income they will also be losing by returning the deposit.
Speaking of vendors losing income, by having to move and postpone so many receptions, they are also losing out on a significant amount of money that they were counting on. Of course, none of this is anyone’s fault, but you could offer to pay your vendors up to 75 percent of the final price on the original date of the reception and pay the rest on the new date.
This could help your vendors stay afloat during this time when they are not able to do any work, and it will also keep a good relationship between the two of you as you are trying to pick a new date to schedule. It is important to look out for each other in hard times, and sticking to an original contract is a genuine way to help out small businesses.
Use an event planner
If you don’t already have one, now would be an excellent time to hire an experienced wedding planner. Try to find one who is well connected and can help you navigate the new situation you are in. They can help make sure that you aren’t forgetting about any important details and can overall make the process a bit smoother. In addition, this is another great way to help out others to make some income and keep their business running.
If you are booking a new date, it is a good idea to get event and venue insurance. This will make sure that if for some reason your new date must also be postponed by any of the Omaha event halls, you will not be losing money. It is difficult to be sure when things will go back to normal, so if you are worried about the potential of a second postponement, save yourself the worry and get event and venue insurance.
Let your guests know
Lastly, you will want to inform everyone that the wedding date will be postponed. You want to do this as soon as possible, so your guests can arrange/cancel travel plans. Most people are probably already aware that things will not be proceeding as usual, but it is important to keep everyone informed.
You don’t need to have an official reschedule date but sending something out to know that things are postponed and to be on the lookout for a new date in the future is a good way to keep everyone in the loop and keep things running smoothly.
If you had your wedding planned and will need to be postponing, we understand how upsetting that can be. If you need help navigating this new project, don’t be afraid to reach out. If you are looking for a new date, let’s get you booked. Let us know how we can help!