It’s safe to say that this is a very uncertain time for everyone. With so much confusion and no real idea of when things will get back to normal, what should you be doing about your wedding plans? Katie Hart at Get Knotted and Alison Jaffa at Blushing Bride Box have some advice…
Whether your wedding was due to be this month, in the next couple of months or even later in the year, with no definite date of when wedding celebrations can start to go ahead again, many couples are panicking causing them to cancel their wedding plans. We are strongly advising our couples to postpone their wedding date and plans, simply pausing rather than cancelling.
Here at Get Knotted, we know that changing the date of your wedding is a tough decision to take, but the right one under these circumstances. Changing the date of your wedding should be the only thing you do need to cancel, leaving everything else paused and arranged just as it would have been wherever possible. Your suppliers will want you to go ahead as planned, so changing the date will also be the best outcome for them. Where suppliers can’t be changed, speak to your wedding insurance company to see if they are accepting claims during the Covid-19 outbreak.
First thing you will want to do or think about is how to inform guests of the changes you are making. Most of them will assume that you will be cancelling or postponing, however it is a good idea to send them all an email or message to inform them of your decision, specifically noting that you will be in touch with a new wedding date as soon as you can. Suggest that they get in touch with hotels and travel companies if they have used them to get refunds or to make a cancellation.
Make a list of all of the suppliers that you will need to get in touch with to postpone your plans. If you have managed to secure a new wedding date, check that they have availability then and are there things that you will need to change to coincide with the new date, such as seasonal flowers and food. If some of your suppliers aren’t available, use this as a positive opportunity to look for alternatives.
Count your blessings that you are both safe and healthy, making use of this extra time to do some additional wedding planning. Start the search for new suppliers if you need to or make changes to your original plans depending on the time of year of your new wedding date. If you wanted to do some DIY details but found you didn’t have time to, now you can, so enjoy adding some of your own personal, handmade touches to your special day.
It is very easy to feel down when you have spent so long planning your dream wedding day but remember that you are still getting married to the person you love, and after all, that is the thing you get to hold on to. Keeping your friends and family safe is important and they will still love and support you whenever your wedding is. Why not celebrate the day of your original wedding to mark it as a significant day, honouring it as a couple, or over a group online video call with your close family and friends – any excuse to celebrate.
Enjoy this time together and start to look forward to Plan B, your new wedding date – after all, B stands for even Better!
When it comes to spending time doing some additional planning. Alison at Blushing Bride Box, the UK’s original bridal subscription box explains, “although this is an anxious time, you can take some assurance from the fact that the wedding industry is full of amazing suppliers who will pull out all the stops to help you during this unprecedented time, and whenever your big day eventually happens.”
“Use this time to do some additional planning and saving; the extra time may relieve some of the financial burden and stresses that come with planning a wedding. Our monthly boxes deliver useful ideas, luxury wedding products and tonnes of inspiration to brides-to-be as they journey from “Miss” to “Mrs”, delivering something completely different to mainstream wedding planning.”
Blushing Bride Box not only provide creative ideas in their subscription boxes, they are also completely nailing social media inspiration. Make sure you follow them on their social channels for on-trend ideas to inspire you to think outside of the box.