DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. None of the opinions listed in this blog post are that of a medical professional. No medical advice will be provided in this article. Please check with your doctor, the CDC, and other health care professionals before determining what is best for you and your family.
My significant other shared with me an article from Yahoo that painted a heartbreaking picture of couples forced to cancel and postpone their upcoming weddings because of the coronavirus. I read the article and agreed that this is heartbreaking to the couple looking forward to hosting such a large party in celebration of their love. A wedding has become so much more than just two people vowing to spend the rest of their lives with their fiancé. It has become a social event that both individuals look forward to.
The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a Pandemic. This is a serious virus and it should not be taken lightly. Deciding what to do when it comes to your wedding is a serious decision and we hope that this list will provide you with some ideas on how to handle the coronavirus (covid-19) and your wedding plans.
1. Reschedule or Postpone Your Wedding
Why expose yourself to a potentially life altering, life threatening disease if you do not have to? I mean no one is out there searching to get cancer, so why go searching for this flu that could potentially kill you?
Reschedule/Postpone if possible
If you can reschedule or postpone your wedding for a later date. Make sure to inquire about fee waivers. If you are looking to cancel all together because another date is unavailable, ask what you can do about getting a refund.
Contact Wedding Insurance Company
If you purchased wedding insurance, contact that provider to see if you can get a refund for your money since this isn't a 'hey we called off the wedding” type of postponement and is because of the pandemic.
Always remember to be nice when speaking to these companies. It's not their fault that you need to reschedule just as it is not your fault. Kindness typically goes a long way in getting what you want.
2. Enjoy a long engagement
If you haven't begun hiring vendors and booking venues, then perhaps it is best to put your wedding plans on hold until we know more about the coronavirus. We don't know how long this will last so it might be best to hold off until we are given the all clear from the CDC, WHO, and other organizations designed to protect our health and well-being.
3. Host a smaller more intimate affair such as a Micro-wedding
With or without the coronavirus knocking on our doorsteps there is absolutely no reason that any one couple has to have a huge wedding which is why there has been an increase in micro-weddings. These are smaller affairs, with only a handful of people in attendance. They are designed so the couple can spend more time focusing on the guests they really want to be with on their wedding day in a typically intimate setting. This type of wedding may be ideal for couples still wanting a traditional type wedding during this health crisis.
4. Use Technology To Still Have Your Ceremony
If you can't postpone your wedding, then one way to still include guests who decline to attend is to use technology already in place so everyone can have a good time. Many venues have Wi-Fi and can help you set up a video link that will allow your guests to see the wedding and even partake in the reception to some extent. If these options are not available then perhaps recording and sharing on social media, even if privately, will help those guests feel like they are part of your big day.
Some options for live video streaming are:
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5. Have hand sanitizer, soap, face masks, and other items on hand to prevent the spread of the virus at your ceremony.
If none of these options are appealing to you or you absolutely cannot postpone your wedding then to help prevent the virus from spreading, make sure you have plenty of hand sanitizer, soap, face masks and other suggested items on hand so you and your guests do not contract the coronavirus.
Hopefully these five suggestions help you when it comes to your wedding and whether you should postpone your wedding or not. If you choose to postpone and need new wedding invitations, we are here to help. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the messaging system on our website and Etsy for more information.
For more information on the coronavirus (covid-19) please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/ , World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/ , your primary care provider, local health department or other medical professionals.