It’s no secret that there’s a lot of fear and anxiety going on around the Coronavirus. This has prompted a lot of concern from some of our clients who currently have their weddings scheduled in 2 months or less; wondering whether or not to postpone their wedding. Here are some recommendations to help address these concerns.
- Don’t Panic! Despite its spread and a growing number of cases in the US, it’s best not to panic. Panicking will only add more stress to an already stressful process. This will be a good time to whip out a plan B. A plan B gives you the comfort of an alternative plan to allow your event to go ahead if push comes to shove.
- Date Switch – If Plan B involves a date switch, consider a non-typical day (Saturdays will probably be in higher demand). A Sunday or a Friday gives you the flexibility to change your date and still stay within budget.
- Examine your Vendor Contracts – Although there may be no need to postpone your wedding, this may be a good time to read through the fine lines of all your vendor contracts to see if your deposits are transferable if your event date has to be changed. If there are any ambiguities, pick up the phone and call the vendor.
- Destination Wedding Saga/Out of Towners – If your wedding involves a lot of people traveling in, especially the elderly, within the next two months, you may want to reach out to your guests as soon as possible to let them know you’ll be postponing your event.
- Out of Country Orders – You’d need to exercise some patience on any wedding or event related shipment you have coming in from outside the country. In the meantime figure out any local stores where you can purchase similar or same items in case your items don’t arrive on time. Ensure they do not depend on similar supply chains for your current orders.
- Be Aware of Affected Areas – If you’re yet to send out your invitations to guests, be conscious of affected areas such as Italy, Iran, China and Washington State. Ensure your guests coming from their areas will not be overburdened to make your wedding and are also in good health.
- Protect your Guests – Precautionary measures should be in place for guests at your weddings or events. Ensure all vendors dealing with food are constantly following good hygiene methods. Opting for a plated dinner instead of a buffet should help reduce the risk transmission. Have sanitizers at all entrances for all guests. It might not be a bad idea to put mini sanitizer bottles as favors on your tables.
For now, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen in the next few months. In as much as you need to be calm and not panic, we advise putting together a backup plan, should the need arise. But stay positive; it’s still going to be one of the best days of your life!