by Kacey Bradley April 16, 2020 3 min read

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many official outlets continue to implement social distance advisories. It's imperative that we follow these recommendations so that everyone can avoid illness. But what's there to do when you've planned a wedding for the coming months?

Though there's a lot of uncertainty, you can prepare for a postponed ceremony. Take a look.
Potential Future Dates
As a top priority, you'll need to think about new dates for your wedding. Until May 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection mandate that  that amass more than 50 individuals. Unfortunately, many experts don't know when we'll be able to end self-isolation safely. Therefore, it's best to aim for a date that falls after summer.You don't have to settle on a specific time right away. Instead, be sure to stay informed so that you can make beneficial decisions. Send out a mass email or text to let your guests know about the change – "TBD" works well. Then, when you're able to make an accurate assessment of the situation, you can clarify further.
International Venues
What to Expect When Postponing Your Wedding
If you planned to get married abroad, you'll have to do a little more work. Many popular destinations, like Costa Rica and Italy, have closed their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So, you should , like flights and hotels, as soon as possible.Above all else, contact your venue to reschedule. You'll want to inquire about various dates throughout the end of summer and start of fall. If you booked vendors through your venue, don't forget to ask about their abilities. Then, investigate transportation. You may not be able to re-book now, but you can check out potential rates and discounts.
Vendor Availability
It's essential to have a discussion with your vendors. Several businesses have needed to shut down temporarily, so there's a considerable chance that you'll be able to reschedule without any fees. That said, if you bought insurance, you should check about coverage beforehand. Then, review any contracts and call up vendors. Ask if they'll be on-board for a few potential dates and double-check about possible price differences.You may find that your vendors don't have a solid answer – and that's fine. As long as you communicate openly, you can stay on the same page and enjoy your day when it comes. That said, some vendors may need to cancel due to unavailability. In that case, try to understand their situation and ask for recommendations for other vendors.After all, no one could've prepared for these current circumstances. Though contracts  as a cause for reimbursement, you'll need to work with each vendor individually.
Other Small Details
What to Expect When Postponing Your Wedding
Of course, a new date means a different look. Your vibrant spring color scheme may not fit at the end of September. So, you may want to rethink your current strategy. If you have a planner, consult with them to achieve another vision. But in any case, be adaptable. Once you've created a somewhat detailed guide, you'll be able to consult your vendors and venue.It's necessary to note that you may lose some money. When you book services in advance, companies  for your order. If those products are limited or perishable, you could be charged – even if they're not used. That said, many businesses recognize that brides and grooms aren't at fault.Don't ask for a deal but try to be flexible so that everyone's happy.
Remember to Maintain a Positive Outlook
It's an understatement to say that a postponed wedding isn't ideal. But for now, it's crucial to prioritize everyone's health – from your guests to vendor employee's. While you practice a safe social distance, try to remain positive and proactive so that you can reschedule accordingly.


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