COVID-19 brides have it hard. Months and months worth of planning might seem meaningless, and we can’t even begin to imagine the stress of having to suddenly restructure one of the biggest days of your life. But instead of panicking, start planning! If you have to change your date, notify your guests of changes, or even switch vendors, you’re not alone. We’ve compiled a list of tips that other COVID-19 brides are using to save themselves money, time and stress.
Include a note with your invitations
Perhaps you’re one of the brides who has an iffy wedding date within the next few months – the COVID-19 pandemic may be near its end, but businesses and travel may not be back to normal. If your wedding date is a bit of a gamble, consider including a note with your invitations with a short disclaimer. Think something along the lines of, “Date subject to change. Please continue to check our wedding website for current information.” This way, guests can hold off on making serious travel commitments until they’re comfortable, and you’ll save yourself the headache of last-minute cancellations.
Send the new date electronically
If you have to reschedule your wedding date because of COVID-19, don’t worry about the cost of stamps and envelopes and send the new date electronically instead. Gather your guests’ email addresses and send them an evite with the new date or link to your wedding website. Reach out to your guests on social media, or create a Facebook event with the new date. Save yourself the stress and delegate this task to your parents or bridal party, just be sure that they confirm the new date with each and every guest!
Your guests won’t be upset if you don’t send a fancy date change notice! Electronic communication is just fine.
Take another look at your contracts
There’s a lot of legal jargon most of us skip over when initially signing a contract, so be sure to take a look at the wedding contracts you’ve signed to see where your vendors stand on cancellations, rebooking and postponing. If you have to compromise from a Saturday wedding to a Friday or Sunday wedding, reach out to your vendors and see if there is any pricing or concessions wiggle room. You’ll be surprised by how many vendors will be willing to work with you given the circumstances, but knowing exactly what your contract states will give you clarity during a chaotic time.
Make your wedding date special
Just because you have to change your wedding date doesn’t mean the original date can’t be special! Plan a date night with your fiancé on your original wedding date. Brides, order a cake tier from a local bakery, dress up fancy, pop a little champagne, and spend the day celebrating your love anyway – THAT is one thing that a pandemic can’t ever change!
COVID-19 brides: we’re here to help! If you have questions about changing your wedding date, switching vendors or navigating this confusing time, reach out to us! You are not alone, and we’ve got plenty of resources and expert advice to help you make it through.