Planning A Wedding In The Fall Despite COVID-19 

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the $74 billion US wedding industry has taken a huge hit, with thousands of weddings that were originally supposed to be held in March, April and May having been canceled or postponed. If you were planning your wedding for the fall, you might be wondering what you should do to prepare for the potential that it could also be affected.

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Since the COVID-19 situation is fluid, what it could mean for your wedding in the fall is unknown and will depend on many factors, including the date, location, guest count, and extent of travel involved. But, instead of spending your lockdown worrying about what the pandemic could mean for your wedding, you can take it as an opportunity to perfect your plan and ensure that your big day goes well, regardless of the COVID-19 situation at that time.

Choosing an ideal date 

Whether you had already settled on a date or you’re choosing one now, it’s important to keep in mind that you may have to change it based on the situation at that time. With that said, various factors will come into play when choosing your date, one of which is the venue. First of all, if you were planning to hold your wedding in an international venue, it might be a good idea to rethink that, and instead choose a new domestic venue. Most countries have put in place travel restrictions to slow down the spread of the virus, and even if they will be lifted by the fall, it could still be a headache to make travel plans in the post-lockdown days, especially if you were planning on having many guests. However, keep in mind that you’re not the only couple looking for a new venue, so act fast.

If you have already booked a domestic venue, call to ensure that you can still hold your wedding on the day you intended, and keep the lines of communication open so that you’re the first to know when anything changes. You may also want to communicate with your vendors, starting with the most expensive to the least as you choose your date. Make sure you get confirmation from at least 80 percent of them before committing to a date.

Take advantage of technology 

There are various ways you can use technology to ensure that your wedding day goes well despite the COVID-19 situation. One thing you can use technology for is maintaining communication with your guests, vendors and planning team. For example, instead of risking your health by going to different vendors’ offices, you can use a video conferencing app like Zoom to hold meetings with your wedding planner and various vendors simultaneously so that everyone is on the same page. Keep your guests informed about your plans or any changes through email, messaging apps, social media, or your wedding website. You can also plan to stream your wedding live to ensure that any friends or family members who may not be able to attend will not miss out on this monumental day.

It is also now possible to use technology to source your wedding essentials. For example, with many boutiques and wedding dress stores closed, you can use various online resources to find the dress you’ve always dreamed of. Many popular wedding dress stores are still operating online and have made it possible for customers to browse through their selections, choose measurements, and have alterations made from a safe distance. You can also buy your wedding rings online instead of going to a physical store. Many reputable jewelers have online stores where you can browse through collections, see multiple images and videos, select customized sizes, and have your rings delivered to your home safely. However, pay close attention to their return policies before committing to such an expensive purchase.

Though it may not be close to what you originally had in mind, your fall wedding day can still be fabulous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in mind that if you can’t guarantee your safety or that of your guests, you can always postpone. Remember that this is out of your control, and at the end of the day, you’ll be happier celebrating when you know that your loved ones are safe.

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