You’ve spent months, sometimes over a year, planning your perfect wedding day, from the menu to the flowers to the photography. You have backup plans in place for bad weather, and you’re counting down the days until you say “I do.”
But months ago COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic and major events are being canceled, you may have cause to wonder: What about my wedding day?
Whether your wedding is just around the corner or still months away, those concerns are totally valid. The coronavirus threat doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon, and you have to start thinking about what to do if it derails not just your wedding day but your honeymoon as well. That’s why we put together a few tips on how to keep the coronavirus from ruining your big day.
Before you make any big decisions, talk to each of your wedding vendors individually about your concerns and what they’re seeing in the area. The threat of coronavirus will vary depending on your location, and the inside view of your vendors can help you make an educated decision about what steps to take for your wedding day. Some vendors have included a Covid clause into their contracts and other vendors have chosen to follow their normal cancellation policy. Be sure to review them with your vendors and ask any questions prior to signing.
If you have elderly or immunocompromised friends and family, you may want to look into live-streaming your ceremony so they can still be a part of your day without worrying about becoming infected. Live-streaming is easy and affordable to set up, and a great way to make sure everyone who wants to can “attend” your ceremony.
Keep all your guests up to date by adding a note on coronavirus concerns and backup plans to your wedding website. Be sure to write your message in a calm, clear tone and avoid using any words or phrases that may cause your guests to panic. If you don’t have a wedding website, it’s not too late to put one together or to find another way to keep everyone in the loop.
One of the best ways to prevent infection is to be proactive about your health. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and avoid large crowds whenever possible. And if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, no matter how mild, contact your healthcare provider about getting tested.
If you haven’t already, consider getting wedding insurance, a type of event insurance that can help protect your investment due to events beyond your control, like extreme weather or a global pandemic. That way, if you do end up having to postpone or cancel your wedding, at least you won’t lose all the money you’ve invested into deposits.
The most important thing you can do when considering backup plans due to the coronavirus is avoid panicking. With the proper precautions and careful thought, you can make a safe and healthy decision for your big day that will benefit both you and your partner, as well as all your guests.