I’ve begun to get some anxious calls and texts from our bridal clients about how their events might be affected by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). I can’t speak for other venues and vendors, but I can tell you that we are currently on track as planned! Of course we’re keeping up with the latest news and will follow the guidance of our local health officials. So if things change we’ll send an email update, but as of this week, here is where we’re at.
UPDATE: We have now postponed some weddings and events to comply with government guidelines regarding large gatherings. This is a difficult time for all of us, and we’re feeling all the feels right along with you. We’ll continue to keep our clients updated directly, and you can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our latest news. For summer brides wondering if you too will have to change your wedding plans, we hope this advice is helpful.
We know wedding planning is stressful even under ideal conditions, and now you have some extra uncertainties to juggle. While you’re waiting to confirm your plans and watching for any new developments, there are some things you can do to feel more in control.
- Gather and review all of your vendor contracts and know each vendor’s polices and procedures in the event that you need to make changes to your wedding plans.
- Review your event insurance policies and know what coverages you have before you make any major decisions. If you don’t have event insurance look into getting a policy. Not all policies cover this type of situation, so make sure to contact your insurance company directly to understand the details. Either way, we still HIGHLY recommend you have event insurance for your wedding. Policies are inexpensive and totally worth it even under normal circumstances. Our brides have reported having a good experience with wedsafe.com and there are many other companies to choose from.
- Stay informed but don’t get caught up in the hype. Choose one or two reliable news sources, including national and local government agencies, and follow their recommendations. Don’t spend too much time reading or sharing memes, posts and news stories that feed your anxieties and fears.
- Make a back up plan for your out-of-town guests or sick and elderly friends and family members who may be unable or afraid to travel. Organizing a livestream is a great way for them to still be a part of your special day!
- Pray, and try to relax. Have faith in your family, planners, vendors and service providers. We all want the very best for you, and we’re working very hard to make sure we deliver on all of our promises to you. My team is praying for you daily and we are just a phone call away if you have questions or need reassurance.