As planners, we want to help our clients prepare for every possible scenario. The past couple weeks with COVID-19 have been overwhelming and challenged us with a scenario we could have never prepared for. With each day bringing new information and leaving a lot of uncertainty for the upcoming Wedding season, we have been navigating each situation with our clients uniquely to make the best decision for them. We know there are a lot of brides out there who do not have a Wedding Planner, so we wanted to share our process for navigating our couples through this difficult time and offer some tips to hopefully bring a little stress relief.
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Step 1. Breathe
Yep - I know you're skipping over this because everything is telling you to do this. If one more person tells you it will be okay you probably want to hit them over the head. You are fully entitled to all the emotions you are going through and let yourself feel them. It's an overwhelming situation and you are allowed to feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, look at your fiance, and take it as another challenge you will overcome together.
Step 2. What's your Priority?
Step 3. Should you Postpone?
The million dollar question. We cannot answer this for you, but we can give you some things to consider:
Step 4. Okay, you decided - now what?
Send an email to all your vendors letting them know you are so sorry but you have decided to postpone for the safety and well-being of your family and friends. Let them know the new date and that you are eager to have all the same vendors. Vendors are going through A LOT right now as well, so patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.
Step 5. How to Tell Your Guests
If you have already sent out invitations, evaluate the best way to communicate the new date to your guests. The easiest thing for you to manage would certainly be sending everyone an email and asking them to submit a new RSVP through your Wedding website. Another method that's a little more formal and provides a keepsake is sending a postcard to everyone with the new date. If they have a change to their RSVP tell them to contact you. No need to re-print your entire stationary set unless you want an updated one as a keepsake.
Step 6. Other Helpful Things to Consider
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