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Love in the Time of Covid-19: What to Do if Covid-19 Affects Your Wedding

I am 100% committed to doing everything I can to make sure your wedding goes smoothly, and that you and your guests are safe and happy. So I feel that it's necessary to keep a line of communication between us as things are changing very quickly, and how this is going to play out in Australia is very uncertain at this point. 

I think you’ll all agree with me when I say, 2020 thus far has been absolutely surreal. From the fires over east to that terrible C-word, Corona Virus.

Everyone has a story to tell, and a new problem to face. If your story is that Covid-19 messed with your wedding plans, then I’m truly sorry. I feel for everyone whose plans to say ‘I do’ have been affected by this.

Planning a wedding is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and perhaps it’s the uncertainty that’s making this particularly hard – should you postpone? Should you go ahead? What’s the best option?

Wedding vendors across Australia have banded together to best understand how to face up to this. As small business owners, it’s been hard on us as well, but we all want to make sure you still have the best possible experience. Based on endless conversations with wedding vendors, and my determination to help you make your wedding as beautiful as it can be, I’ve put together some advice to help you answer those questions.

But first – remember to take a breath.

Postpone or Cancel?

This one is easy! If possible, you should definitely postpone instead of cancelling. Hopefully, Covid-19 hasn’t made you change your mind about wanting to get married, and most vendors, myself included, are committed to helping you transfer your wedding date so that you can still have the epic day you’d planned!

How to Postpone Your Wedding Due to Covid-19

1. Contact Your Venue & Your Vendors

Dates for weddings in the next 18 months are filling up quickly as many couples have opted to postpone their wedding until 2021. If you choose to postpone as well, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later! Stay open to new dates and keep lines of communication open. In this case, I’d recommend contacting the venue first to see which dates they have available. Forward those dates onto your wedding dream team (photographer, florist, HMUA, etc.) and hopefully, everyone will all be available on one of those dates!

Dates for weddings in the next 18 months are filling up quickly as many couples have opted to postpone their wedding until 2021. If you choose to postpone as well, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later! Stay open to new dates and keep lines of communication open. In this case, I’d recommend contacting the venue first to see which dates they have available. Forward those dates onto your wedding dream team (photographer, florist, HMUA, etc.) and hopefully, everyone will all be available on one of those dates!

Contact Your Venue & Your Vendors

Step One

A practical way to work around this is to delay your wedding to a weekday (Monday to Thursday), rather than the wildly popular Saturday timeslot. This means:

* You still get married in the awesome way you had envisioned, with all your favourite people

* You retain the A-team of vendors you’d carefully considered and booked in

* You’re supporting the small businesses you chose to help you create your dream wedding

If you’re struggling to keep on top of everything, WedShed has put together an incredible resource for couples to keep track of Vendor and Venue availabilities. Download it here: Free Download for Couples to Plan Vendor & Venue Availabilities

2. Contact Your Guests

When to contact your guests depends on how soon your original wedding date is – if you were supposed to get married in a month, perhaps it’s best to let them know before deciding a new date. If your original wedding date isn’t until November, you have enough time to settle on a new date before letting everyone know.

When to contact your guests depends on how soon your original wedding date is – if you were supposed to get married in a month, perhaps it’s best to let them know before deciding a new date. If your original wedding date isn’t until November, you have enough time to settle on a new date before letting everyone know.

And just in case you’re struggling with finding the words to let your guests and vendors know your wedding will be delayed, I’ve got you covered! I’ve created email templates for you to use so that you have one less thing to think about during this time. Download them here or at the bottom of this page.

Contact Your Guests

Step Two

3. Plan Something Fun for Your Original Wedding Date

It’s completely understandable if you feel disappointed or upset on your original wedding date. Why not turn it into an excuse to do something amazing together – plan a special date night or spoil yourselves by booking a night or two at a beautiful hotel. Take this time to celebrate the two of you.

It’s completely understandable if you feel disappointed or upset on your original wedding date. Why not turn it into an excuse to do something amazing together – plan a special date night or spoil yourselves by booking a night or two at a beautiful hotel. Take this time to celebrate the two of you.

Plan Something Fun for Your Original Wedding Date

Step Three

What If You Want to Go Ahead with Your Wedding Despite Covid-19?

Good question! In Perth, we’re lucky that the spread of Covid-19 has been limited, and weddings can go ahead. If you do want to go ahead, there are a number of options!

How to Get Married During Covid-19

Elope with Your Immediate Family, or Even Just the Two of You.
If the most important thing to you is sharing your vowels and the act of getting married, then eloping is a great option. You can share your vows in an intimate setting and make it official. And it doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the big old party you’d planned either! That can come later! (See point 3).

Elope

Option One

1. Elope

Elope with Your Immediate Family, or Even Just the Two of You.
If the most important thing to you is sharing your vowels and the act of getting married, then eloping is a great option. You can share your vows in an intimate setting and make it official. And it doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the big old party you’d planned either! That can come later! (See point 3).

Have an Outdoor Ceremony (potentially with reduced guest numbers)
If it’s important to you that your guests are there to witness your Wedding Ceremony, consider moving the ceremony outdoors. This way, guests will have plenty of personal space and you can all breathe a little easier. If you were going to have a large wedding, it might be worth reducing the numbers.

Have an Outdoor Ceremony

Option Two

2. Have an Outdoor Ceremony

Have an Outdoor Ceremony (potentially with reduced guest numbers)
If it’s important to you that your guests are there to witness your Wedding Ceremony, consider moving the ceremony outdoors. This way, guests will have plenty of personal space and you can all breathe a little easier. If you were going to have a large wedding, it might be worth reducing the numbers.

3. Throw Your Epic Party at a Later Date

Just because you’re getting married now in a more intimate setting doesn’t mean you have to forgo an incredible party with everyone you love. Plenty of couples are opting to have an intimate ceremony now and planning to throw the Wedding Reception of their dreams on their first anniversary (or just sometime in the future when life is a little more normal!).

Just because you’re getting married now in a more intimate setting doesn’t mean you have to forgo an incredible party with everyone you love. Plenty of couples are opting to have an intimate ceremony now and planning to throw the Wedding Reception of their dreams on their first anniversary (or just sometime in the future when life is a little more normal!).

Throw Your Epic Party at a Later Date

Option Three

Stay home if unwell

If anyone is sick or was supposed to travel from interstate or overseas, please ask them not to attend. It sucks, but we all need to do our part to stop the spread!

Social Distancing

Reconsider the congratulations, so that you can avoid touching (hugs and kisses)

Livestream

Set up a video live stream for loved ones with pre-existing conditions, for the elderly, and for friends from interstate or overseas so that they can still be a part of your wedding.

What Happens If You Cancel Your Wedding

These are uncertain times, and the idea of wedding planning right now might be too hard. I’d really encourage you not to cancel completely, but if that’s what you opt to do, then that’s okay as well.
Unfortunately, in this case, the booking-fee / balance paid so far,  is non-refundable (as per my contract). This is to cover the time I’ve already put into planning your wedding and is an industry-standard.
These are extraordinary times. I don’t think it’s what any of us expected from 2020!! But you’re not alone – we (your vendors) want to help you and to look after you, and we definitely still want to be a part of your day.
Let me know if you have any questions at all, or if there’s any way I can help you to best plan for your wedding. Stay safe! – Sandie x

How to help

So many of you have been asking how to support small businesses, and it makes me so grateful for you all! To help out, I’ve put together a list of ways to support your favourite businesses during this time <3 Together, we can make it through! I’d love to hear any other ideas you have! Or ways to support people in your industry if it’s been hit hard by the restrictions as well!

0 Be active on social media! Never underestimate the power of comments, likes, saves and follows!
0 Post your favourite engagement or portrait photos on Instagram and tag your photographer
0 Leave a positive review on their Google Business or Social Media pages
0 If you haven’t yet, order an album from your wedding or prints from your most recent portrait session
0 Book a shoot in advance, and pay booking fees now
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