COVID-19 – To delay or not to delay the wedding?
The obvious answer to the current situation is: YES!
There are two major reasons to delay your wedding:
Reason one: Reducing the mental stress for all parties involved.
The couple’s perspective: both would like for everyone to enjoy themselves at the wedding without unnecessary stress. Of course, everyone’s safety is the top priority, but this pandemic is not over yet meaning that no one can guarantee safety to possible exposure as there are asymptomatic people.
The guest’s perspective: overseas guests that have to go through the process of delayed or closed visa offices, little or no lodging, purchase higher priced flight tickets with limited availability flight times are all impacted by COVID-19. It’s hard for them book right now with many uncertainties. The guests will have concerns about the sanitation and hygiene of where they travel to. No one wants a happy wedding event to end with any ramifications.
In the future you would want to reminisce about the great times at the wedding while sitting around with friends or family and not as the event where someone may have been unfortunately impacted by COVID-19.
Reason two: Prevent increased costs in your wedding budget.
The supply chain has been affected by the pandemic situation; therefore, materials will have a higher price and shipping of certain/customized items will take longer. The final design of the wedding can/will be very different because of substituting materials that are no longer available. This will impact your budget one way or another.
A professional wedding planner will not only plan and design the wedding to the couple’s vision but also keeping in mind the overall guest experience when they attend the special event. It is the overall experience of the guest and seeing a vision turn into reality that really makes a perfect wedding.
The best solution and for the sake of everyone’s safety is to delay your wedding.
How should we and when should we delay the wedding?
For couples who have booked the venue on their own: contact the venue representative who signed the contact with you and ask for the next availability closer the end of the year or next year. (contacting the venue sooner than later would be recommended, because the June to September timeframe is peak season for weddings in California. Due to COVID-19, most of the weddings before August will have to or have already been cancelled or postponed, so the sooner you can make the decision the better chance you will get the date of your preference.)
For couples that have hired a wedding planner to book your venue: contact your wedding planner and tell them the date you would like to postpone the wedding to. The wedding planner should be assisting in making these changes for you. (Hope that your wedding planner is as professional as like us :)