Coronavirus/COVID-19 Wedding Questions Answered

So, you and your fiancé have been counting down the days, weeks, and months until your wedding - the calendar has been marked since you put down your venue deposit!  When planning a wedding, no one ever expects a global pandemic to interfere with their big day. Yet, that is exactly what is happening with brides and grooms all over the world.

With the presence of COVID-19, upcoming wedding plans are requiring some sort of change.  Couples are questioning whether to continue on as planned, head to the courthouse, or postpone celebrations to a later date.  With many governments placing restrictions on group gatherings, it’s likely that upcoming wedding plans will be altered. It’s a time of uncertainty, yet it’s important not to panic.  

There are probably a million questions wracking your brain.  Like, where do you even start when it comes to rescheduling a wedding you’ve taken months to plan?  We’ve been listening to bride and grooms-to-be like you, and have put together a list of COVID-19 wedding questions you may have!

Planning Wedding Around Coronavirus

Navigating Your Wedding During COVID-19 Pandemic

With the help of Willow and Amber, two brides and top wedding consultants with upcoming wedding dates, we’re setting out to help ease your worries and let you know that you’re not alone!  Everyone, from vendors to your guests, are doing all they can to support the decisions you and your fiancé will be making. It’s important to have patience during this process, and keep in mind the most important thing - you’ll be marrying your best friend at the end of this!

1. When is your wedding date?  Will COVID-19 affect your wedding?

Currently, the CDC recommends to cancel or postpone any gatherings of 50+ planned to take place over the next 8 weeks.  So, the majority of upcoming weddings will need to make adjustments to accommodate. That could mean postponing to later this year, or heavily downsizing the guest list to immediate family.  However, for early summer weddings, the choice is much more unclear. As a first step, check with your wedding venue to see if they have any updates.

Willow - My wedding date is June 6th, 2020.  Although it's difficult to predict how, I believe COVID-19 will have some impact on my wedding.  My fiancé and I are already planning on taking extra safety precautions, like having hand sanitizer readily available and ensure guests are conscious of hand washing and covering coughs. COVID-19 may also cause us to have to space chairs further apart. I’m not sure yet if our grandparents will attend. As the wedding gets closer, we may send out a message stating that more susceptible people with lower immune systems should not feel guilty about staying home. We can celebrate with anyone that can not attend the wedding at a later date if necessary.  

Amber - My wedding is on 10/17/2020. As of now, I am not as concerned with my wedding being in the fall. As it develops, I might have to do some adjusting. The only obstacles I have faced concerning the wedding is not being able to keep some of my vendor meetings I had scheduled. Those appointments with the vendors will be rescheduled to a later date.

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2. Are you planning to reschedule or cancel your wedding because of COVID-19?

Whether you decide to postpone your wedding or completely cancel it will often come down to contracts you’ve signed with your vendors.  Amid this COVID-19 crisis, many vendors are bending their contracts to work with brides and grooms. Because of that, rescheduling is the preferred route to take, as vendors are also trying to stay financially afloat.  Remember, many of them are small businesses who need your support in return!

Willow - My fiancé and I are taking it one day at a time. In uncertain times such as this, we're finding it important not to stress out about the unknown.  Luckily, our venue is allowing us to have a smaller ceremony if necessary and possibly a reception later on. 

Amber - At this time we are keeping everything as planned! Since it’s still a few months out, we have time for adjustments and changes if needed.

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3. How is your venue communicating with you?  Are they allowing you to reschedule?

The consensus is that most venues are doing their best to support you, their client.  Many are offering rescheduling options, which vary by vendor. Remember, wedding venues are often small businesses who are doing everything in their power to help you postpone versus outright canceling!  To keep their weddings in 2020, some couples are opting for less popular days, like Fridays and Sundays for their new dates. Rescheduling to a non-traditional day may even bring some unexpected positives!

Willow - Our venue is allowing us to have a smaller ceremony if necessary and possibly a reception later on. Since they are doing their absolute best to accommodate our needs, if we asked, I’m sure they would let us reschedule. 

Amber - My venue has been in communication with couples that have upcoming weddings, who are more likely to have their weddings impacted by the coronavirus.  Our venue is allowing couples to postpone and pick a later date if the date is still available.  At this time, my fiancé and I feel comfortable keeping our 10/17/2020 date.

Wedding Venue Communication During COVID-19

4. How are your other wedding vendors, like Photographers and Caterers, working with you?

Like venues, other wedding vendors are also doing their best to support couples with upcoming weddings.  Each vendor has their own thoughts regarding back-up plans, but many are offering a variety of options. For example, some photographers are offering elopement sessions if their clients still want to proceed with their original date.  However, if you’re looking to reschedule, not all vendors will be available on your new date, and that’s ok! There are plenty of others who are willing to step in.

Willow - Although things may change as we approach our June wedding date, our vendors are all still on board as of right now. We will be sure to communicate with them if there are any changes, as they will plan to do the same for us.

Amber - Each of our vendors so far have reached out, and been in touch with us.  Being that our wedding date isn't until fall, we are staying confident that our planned vendors will still be a part of our big day.  So, as of right now we are keeping everything as planned.  We will reach out to them more as our wedding date gets closer.

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5. How to keep guests informed on COVID-19 Wedding Changes?

Once you and your fiancé have made a decision to either postpone or cancel your wedding, it is important that you keep your attendees informed!  For instant notification, you might consider sending out a mass email to your guest list, or use your wedding website to post updates. If you want to stick to snail mail and send out new invites, ‘Change the Date’ cards are also available!

Willow - If we do decide to postpone the wedding, we will most likely use our wedding website to send out a mass message to everyone.  We would also post an update on social media as well, to ensure that everyone gets the news. 

Amber - So far, we have sent out save the dates, but we have yet to send out invites. If anything is to change, we will communicate with our guests on our wedding website, or on the invite itself.

Communicating With Wedding Guests during COVID-19

6. What is the best way to communicate with wedding vendors regarding COVID-19 concerns?

Right now, it is likely that your vendors are experiencing an influx of messages and concerns from their clients.  Although each vendor has their own communication preferences, it may be useful for everyone involved to keep a written record of conversations.  Communicating via email will help keep both vendors and yourself organized. Patience is key!

Willow - We have been communicating with our vendors via email. 

Amber - Emailing has been the best way for us to keep in touch with our vendors.

Communicating with Wedding Vendors Coronavirus

7. How should summer brides and beyond continue to plan for their weddings?

While all of this uncertainty may not directly affect your summer or fall wedding date, you still may have some reservations when it comes to forging ahead with your wedding planning.  Understand that you are very important to your vendors, so be very patient with them and the process. Stay in contact with your high-priority vendors, like your venue and photographers, to keep your peace of mind.  Everything will work out.

Willow - Throughout this process, we have found that patience is the best policy. We have to constantly wait for information from the government, venues, etc. and make changes accordingly.  But until we know for sure, we keep planning as if our wedding will take place on our chosen date. We have to remember to still have fun throughout the process, as it's a one-of-a-kind experience.  No matter how or when we get married, as long as we have each other we will be happy!

Amber - Each couple has a different wedding in mind as well as different dates. It really depends on when the wedding is exactly, how big their guest list is, and if guests are traveling from out of town. Couples should feel comfortable to freely communicate with their vendors about questions, concerns, and changes. Take it day by day and do what’s best for you and your big day!

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8. How can 2021 weddings support their future vendors?

Losing out on a chunk of their busy season can severely hurt wedding vendors.  Venues, photographers, caterers, and florists are seeing major cancelations as COVID-19 continues to disrupt wedding plans.  It’s important to consider how you can help your future vendors stay in business for your wedding!

Willow - Currently engaged couples for 2021 can financially support their future wedding vendors by considering to put down an early deposit.  Or, an easy way to offer support is by recommending and promoting their favorite vendors to other couples via social media.  Every photographer, venue, and caterer will truly appreciate any help!

Amber - It’s normal to book a lot of vendors in advance! Venues, photographers, videographers, caterers, florists can sometimes book a year or two out! It’s ok to start planning and booking some of those things now if the wedding is in 2021. That way you also get first picks on your favorite vendors that are more popular! Also, people always like to see reviews! If you love your vendor, don’t be afraid to post a good review about them or why you picked them. This can help other couples that are in the vendor selection process for their wedding as well.

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Reach Out to Us!

Do you have other questions, concerns, or ideas regarding your wedding and COVID-19?  We want to hear from you! Please leave a comment, and we will do our best to keep our blog updated with answers to your questions.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Wedding Questions

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Ariana Hill
July 16, 2020 08:56

My wedding is in 2022. I’m hoping this stuff will slow down a little bit by then! I just can’t imagine the feeling of all the brides right now after going through this!!!

Mackenzie
July 14, 2020 18:44

Good read, as I have two weddings to attend this summer.

Dani
July 14, 2020 18:44

This is great advice! I hope I will not have to consult this for my wedding next fall.

Kathy K
July 12, 2020 21:54

We were going to have a small wedding this year but looks like we are waiting till 2021 due to Covid.

cyrena
July 12, 2020 21:54

great advice

Alyson
July 12, 2020 21:53

Everyone engaged should read these tips right now!

Kate
July 12, 2020 21:53

I feel for all of the brides that are effected by this virus. But for me it takes the pressure off of having a large wedding! Small and intimate dream wedding commence!

Delores Harris
July 07, 2020 23:01

In these uncertain times I’d be extra careful of paying deposits, by the time your wedding comes around the business could have closed and/or filed for bankruptcy.

Sleepy
July 07, 2020 23:01

I’m waiting towards the end of next year.

Andie
July 07, 2020 23:01

Hoping May 2021 isn’t effected too badly!

Kristen
July 07, 2020 23:01

Great info for the current uncertainty!

Michael Hsieh
July 07, 2020 23:01

Good things to consider; hoping 2021 will bring less uncertainty.

Teri
July 05, 2020 13:20

Thank you for this. We have postponed our wedding once already. Original date was May 2020. We have pushed to September 2020 and have decided that we are doing this no matter what corona restrictions has to say! Even if you can’t have a big wedding or more than 10 people, that day can still be beautiful, meaningful and special. After all it’s a day about your love and commitment to each other no matter how many people can be present.

Laura F
July 05, 2020 13:20

Looking to have my wedding in 2 years bc of COVID :(

Natalie K
July 05, 2020 13:20

So sad for all the brides that have had to cancel/postpone.😞

Libby
June 30, 2020 21:24

I’m so sorry for all the brides that had to deal with this chaos. Hopefully this doesn’t make planning a 2021 wedding ( Planning for the first time) too difficult by the higher level of people trying to schedule weddings!!

Shannon
June 30, 2020 21:24

With my wedding being April 30, 2021 I honestly haven’t encountered a competition for vendors. Although fall weddings and early summer/spring weddings i can imagine. My heart goes out to all of you brides.

Grace
June 29, 2020 08:09

Thank you for this article!

Michaela
June 28, 2020 13:35

This is so helpful!

Erica
June 27, 2020 17:55

Thank you for the suggestions

Ruthie
June 25, 2020 13:07

With so much going on, I hope November is safe. Communication with vendors seem to be the main key.

Mya Murphy
June 25, 2020 13:07

I had a date set for May, but decided to wait until November.. Here’s hoping..

Brooke Marchetti
June 22, 2020 22:10

Super important to keep in touch with the venue regulations for corona virus! Super helpful tips! Thank you!

Kate Hodges
June 21, 2020 20:46

I got married on April 6, 2020. I got married in a church and there were 9 people total at my wedding. I really want to have a big celebration maybe sometime later this year. I actually just found out that I am pregnant and so when me and my husband have our second ceremony, I am going to buy an elegant maternity gown.

B
June 21, 2020 20:46

:(

Sandra
June 21, 2020 20:46

Very helpful! My heart goes out for everyone during these hard times. Love is not cancelled!

Harper
June 14, 2020 08:47

Wonderful suggestions.

Mya Murphy
June 10, 2020 09:16

This is seriously great advice. Thank you!!

Darcy
June 08, 2020 15:49

Good Advice.
Heres to hoping i can get married in October.

Gina Costa
June 07, 2020 22:34

Great suggestions thank you

Mallory
June 07, 2020 22:34

This was so helpful!!

Angela Miller
May 27, 2020 09:19

Covid-19 isn’t something to be scared of.

Brittany
May 27, 2020 09:19

Global pandemic is very stressful I can only imagine having to cancel and move around all the hard work couples and everyone put into their special day. May everyone have a safe and special day no matter what 💙

Kelsey
May 27, 2020 09:19

Praying that future weddings are able to resume as planned!

Ashley
May 27, 2020 09:19

I hope my wedding can happen in August but if not I hope to have it in November.

Tiana
May 27, 2020 09:19

9/26/2020

Jennifer
May 27, 2020 09:19

Great information! Thank you 😊

Melissa Sehar
May 27, 2020 09:19

My wedding isn’t until next year so hopefully this won’t be an issue, but we have already talked about a back up plan since we don’t want to postpone. Thank you for the tips!

Allison M Anderson
May 27, 2020 09:19

Some places that they reserved their wedding won’t refund their money since CoVID happen. This is really affecting people’s dream wedding.

Sommer Norris
May 21, 2020 16:21

My wedding is 10/02/2020. I loved this date because it’s also our relationship date, and it will be our 10 year anniversary. I didn’t want to give it up because the numbers all just went so well in this theme I made up in my mind. But I think what is most important is to make sure the wedding is exactly how you want it to be, big or small, and that the date isn’t the most important thing either. So we are considering going to next year. It’s just too short notice I think, and we haven’t picked a venue, and haven’t sent out any notices. There is this cool online video wedding thing that could be good for people, called Bundl, and it can allow you to have a smaller wedding physically, where ever you want, and invite the majority of guests to an online wedding that records everything and allows them to interact in person. So many options!

Rachel
May 21, 2020 16:21

As a wedding photographer and bride myself, this was so helpful to see what other vendors are doing and how brides are feeling about all of it. I so appreciate you sharing!

Jessica
May 20, 2020 21:55

Praying that September will be safe in Wisconsin!!!

Genna
May 20, 2020 21:55

We postponed our June wedding to the end of October. We’re so hoping that even if social distancing is in effect in the fall, we’ll be able to have the celebration we dreamed of.

Mariah Letourneau
April 20, 2020 16:28

My wedding is 10/10/20 and I have my days where I am worried I might have to switch my dates but I was told by my family and my wedding planner that I am not allowed to worry until my wedding planner says too I am so thankful for her

Sarina Routowicz
April 20, 2020 16:28

Thinking of all the brides during this time, I cannot even imagine. Stay strong, your day will come and it will be more beautiful than you can imagine!

Jordan
April 20, 2020 16:28

Thanks for the info!

Hannah
April 20, 2020 16:29

My wedding is September 19th and we have decided to hold an intimate ceremony with immediate family and close friends. Problem is, we already sent out our save the dates..wondering how we should word our “change of plans” card to let those know that they didn’t make the cut without sounding like they aren’t important.

Rebecca Rivera
April 20, 2020 16:29

I’m one of those braids to be that had to cancel everything and postpone a new wedding date. I haven’t seen my dad in 7 years and it broke my heart to tell me not to come. So, yes, this is really difficult. Hope everything settles down for my new date.

Carolynne
April 20, 2020 16:29

I could really use some advice on how to plan a 2021 destination wedding amid all of this stuff happening. How do you plan ahead for travel??

Krista Hougsted
April 09, 2020 22:08

So thankful my wedding isn’t until next year. My heart goes out to all you brides trying to figure I what to do in the midst of this pandemic!! Hopefully things clear up soon and your wedding days can be everything you imagined! Thanks for the updated info Kennedy blue!

Kelsey
April 07, 2020 17:09

My heart goes out to everyone whose weddings are impacted by this virus. Mine isn’t until next year, but one of my best friends has a late summer wedding and is getting nervous. I will pass this article on to her.

Alisha Dan
April 07, 2020 17:09

Even people whose weddings are next year are suddenly up against a lot more competition for the same vendors so this is affecting way more than just those whose weddings are soon 😭 it’s really just an awful situation all around.

Emilie
April 07, 2020 17:09

Great info! I was in the process of planning when everything closed down. My heart goes out to any bride in the situation of having to decide on whether or not to postpone or cancel!

Carolyn Arndt
April 07, 2020 17:09

My heart goes out to all the brides who are impacted by this!

Katie
April 03, 2020 13:57

Fun

Katie
April 03, 2020 13:57

Interesting

Katie
April 03, 2020 13:57

Hopefully September is safe

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