COVID-19 disrupting your wedding day?

April is usually the start of a very busy wedding season for wedding suppliers. However this year it feels very bittersweet. The weather is starting to get warmer and the lockdown has forced us to slow-down, spend more time with those we live with and it has given us that thinking space and time to do those things we said we would do ‘when we get time’; however on the flip side many couples have had to make the difficult decision on whether to postpone their wedding after 1-2 years of planning.

Some couples have obviously not had a choice. If you had planned to get married during the lockdown then you have had no choice but to move your wedding, however those that are due to get married in June, July, August, even later on in the year, at this moment in time we simply do not know what is going to happen. Even if lockdown is lifted, larger gatherings of people and the hospitality industry are likely to be affected with social distancing - so what can do you if you are one of these couples who just don’t know what to do?

Speak to your wedding venue

Some venues have made the decision easy for couples and said they are postponing all weddings up to a certain date. Other venues are working inline with Government announcements so will be cancelling/postponing weddings due to take place in the next few weeks, but not made any longer term decisions, this is where it gets a little more complicated to make a decision. I would suggest speaking to your venue and their policy on postponing, for example, some venues I am working with have allowed couples to pencil in a future date, just in case their wedding can’t take place this year.

Find out if your key suppliers are available on a future date

If you have penciled in a new date with your venue, the next stage would be to find out if your key suppliers are available on this potential new date. These would be your more expensive suppliers such as your marquee/tipi supplier, caterers, photographer, videographer and florist. It is also worth asking them whether any charges would be incurred by moving the date or whether they will simply transfer the booking and any deposits made over to the new date.

Do many of your guests needs to travel?

COVID-19 has affected the whole world not just ITALY If for example weddings in ITALY are given the go ahead, you may want to check other countries policies on travel and border restrictions, especially if you have close family travelling from these countries who you want at your wedding. Australia, for example currently has a complete travel ban on Australian citizens and residents leaving the country and we don’t know how long this will last.

Make a decision

This is such an upsetting time for everyone, but for couples who have spent the last year or so planning their special day it is a stressful and anxious time, not knowing whether your day will go ahead or not. The best way to help ease that anxiety is for you to make the decision yourself, rather than waiting for the decision to be made for you. That way you can have some control over what happens next. Even if we’re out of lockdown, social distancing restrictions are likely to be in place for some time to help control the spread of the virus.

Without knowing all of the answers, I hope this blog post has helped you in some way if COVID-19 is likely to be affecting your wedding. If you need any further help or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me at info@fiorellawedding.it or visit my website www.fiorellawedding.it

So, finally, on whatever date you were due to be celebrating your wedding day this year, I encourage you to still celebrate your love. Pop a bottle of champagne, toast to you and your families health and know that love always wins.

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