Guide for brides impacted by COVID 19 coronavirus

Intro - You are not alone 

If you are reading this, then you are a bride who would have been married in late March 2020 or plan to get main the coming months.

 

Yes they are less than ideal times, however I am here to tell you reassure you that you are not alone, and there is tons of support out there for brides and couples like yourself.

 

In this guide, I will try to address some common concerns many brides are  facing and hopfully provide you with the tools to resolve them.

March. April, May,

Postpone Don't cancel

If you have your date set in March, April or May of 2020, the best recommendation I can give you is to postpone your Wedding at least from August onwards.There is no point in going through the trouble of rescheduling and choosing a date which is still very close and still could potentially be effected by the virus.  I would say the further away the better for both you and your guests.

 

Next, be ready but not discouraged.  It is possible to reschedule but it will require a little bit of effort only for a little while, then once it is done it's done and you can carry on. 

To Do List

- Speak to your family and guests and let them know you are thinking of postponing. Finding support from them will be increasingly helpful.

- Do you have Wedding insurance? pull out your documents and learn your terms.  Contact them first where possible.

- Pull out your other vendor contracts and again learn your terms.

- Contact your Venue and find out possible new dates (get multiple options especially of you have many other vendors)

-Contact your Wedding Photographer next, and again, learn what is possible, and find out multiple new possible dates.

- Contact all other vendors and do the same as above.

 

Finding the new date will be the trickiest bit, after that everything will fall into place.  Be mindlful that your vendors are trying to accommodate other brides like you so be open minded and consider dates you wouldn't have been open to before.

June July

Postpone for peace of mind

If you have your date set in June and July of 2020, then you might be on the fence.  You might be holding out on contacting your vendors as it is a daunting task to embark on.

 

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced that the vulnerable population should stay in isolation for at least 12 weeks.  That takes us into mid June at least.

 

So if you ask me, my answer would be YES. If you are getting married in June and July, then postpone your wedding, especially if you have any vulnerable guests attending your wedding. Their safety comes first.

 

I know first hand that some venues are moving weddings happening until July to later on in the year upfront. You might call it being overcautious, I call it, very Wise.  Better be safe then sorry.

If you have your date set in June and July of 2020, then you might be on the fence.  You might be holding out on contacting your vendors as it is a daunting task to embark on.

 

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced that the vulnerable population should stay in isolation for at least 12 weeks.  That takes us into mid June at least.

 

So if you ask me, my answer would be YES. If you are getting married in June and July, then postpone your wedding, especially if you have any vulnerable guests attending your wedding. Their safety comes first.

 

I know first hand that some venues are moving weddings happening until July to later on in the year upfront. You might call it being overcautious, I call it, very Wise.  Better be safe then sorry.

August Onwards, wait until may to make a decision

For those of you getting from August onwards, Stay Calm and Keep planning your wedding as normal.  Wait until May to make a decision.

 

With a little bit of luck, collective work and warmer weather hopefully the virus will be defeated.

Conclusion - identify what is most important

Times like these are valuable, because they help understand and appreciate what is most important in life.  Life itself.

 

In being on lockdown, we also have the opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones, to reinforce our relationships and survive this together.

 

I hope that this has been in some way helpful. Even if I am not your wedding photographer and you want to reach out to  ask me anything, please do.  I think we all find ourselves with some spare time, and what a wonderful world it would be if we all lent a helping hand. 

Stay positive, be open minded and flexible and keep things into perspective - remember that your wedding is about you, your partner and the love you want to celebrate.  Don't let your wedding become something otherwise.

 

I wish you all the best for your coming wedding plans.

 

Love,

Desiree

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