What to Know If You’re Planning a Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic

February 11, 2021

There’s a lot to think about when planning your big day—no matter where your wedding date falls on the calendar. But if it happens to be in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, you might be wondering what you should do—if anything—to prepare and plan for the potential that your wedding may be affected.

Right now, whether you’re planning a wedding at home or abroad, there are countless moving parts surrounding COVID-19—and since this situation is fluid, what it means for your wedding, specifically, really depends on your wedding date, guest count, location, and extent of travel involved.

However, at this point, it’s safe to say that any wedding in the near future will look differently, whether it’s allowed to happen on a smaller scale right now or as you’d dreamed later on. To help you prepare for what you should do—and help if you do, sadly, have to change plans.

Your day will come, and trust me when I say it will be the most amazing thing. When we can all come together and celebrate, there will be nothing else like it.

After speaking with many colleagues and people involved in the industry the overall advice? Be prepared, follow the news closely, and maintain an open conversation with myself as your wedding photographer and your other vendors and guests.

What to Do If You’re Considering a Postponement

When considering the right time to officially make the call there are a lot of variables to keep in mind. Every situation is different, but generally speaking, to allow for a process with far less stress, I would recommend that the decision be made a couple of months from your date.

The goal is to have all of your loved ones safely attend your big day so everyone can celebrate you. Try to think about changing a date as just that—picking up your wedding and simply moving it to a date that feels good for everyone involved so everyone can safely celebrate.

Where your guests are traveling from is definitely a huge factor. Just like the availability of your venue, if your guests have made travel plans, you need to think about how much time they’ll need to make adjustments. If your guests are primarily local you can likely make your final decision closer to three months out but says it’s important to keep in mind that invitations should really be sent at three months to allow for an RSVP deadline of around the eight week mark before the wedding date.

Whether you’re forced to postpone or decide to out of precaution, it’s important to remember that you do have options, and your team—and family, friends, and me!—will be there to guide you through the process of postponing your event.

If you need to discuss anything then feel free to get in touch for a chat.

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