• Cheryl Jones

Happily Ever After COVID-19

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

Celebrating with friends and family in a beautiful destination was a key factor when you chose to have a destination wedding. The global spread of the coronavirus has placed a level of anxiety and uncertainty on couples. It has impacted wedding plans in a significant fashion.

With events on hold and borders closed to travelers worldwide, it can be a challenge to finalize your wedding or to postpone and rebook. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by this unprecedented event, I am poised to help. I’m sure you have plenty of questions running through your mind, and as a destination wedding specialist, here are a few things to consider when postponing your celebration.

1. Be flexible and consider less popular dates or a weekday wedding. Most dates for weekend weddings in the fall and into spring 2021 have been scooped by other couples before the pandemic, leaving very few options available. By keeping an open mind, you’ll have a better chance of securing a date and time that will work for your vendors. 2. Consider your planning timeline in addition to the date of your event. Once the decision has been made to postpone your wedding, make sure you work with your planner to communicate with all the vendors you’ve hired and your guest the new date and any changes that may impact their availability. 3. Be considerate of your friends and family attending the wedding. The more notice you can provide your guests, the more likely you are to have them there with you to celebrate. If you have a room block, your travel advisor will need to reach out to the hotel to negotiate a full or partial refund on behalf of any guests that cannot attend. Taking the burden off of your friends and family will go a long way for those who had made plans to attend.

If you’ve just dived into the planning, take advantage of your increased at-home time to create your wedding inspiration wish list. Here are a few things you can do, so when things open back up, you’ll be prepped and ready to meet with your vendors and lock in all the details. 1. Organize your thoughts and narrow down your ideal wedding style. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and they are as different as the couples who are planning them. Simply put, the sky is the limit when it comes to determining your wedding style. Narrow your choices by creating an inspiration board on Pinterest with pins of all the wedding designs and ideas you love. Then discuss with your groom to be a wedding style that fits both of you and your budget. 2. Indulge in some virtual gown shopping. For most brides, trying on wedding gowns can be the best part of the planning process. Searching for the perfect dress sometimes takes longer than expected if you don’t know the style of gown you want. In the social distancing landscape we’re in right now, many bridal brands and retailers have adapted their practices, so you don’t have to wait to find the perfect gown for your special day. Many offer virtual appointments and one on one styling sessions conducted over video. 3. Hire your wedding design team. Selecting your wedding design team begins the ultimate step in the wedding planning process. Ask family and friends for recommendations, scour the internet for reviews, make calls, and then set up virtual interviews to determine if the vendors can carry out your vision.

Don’t feel like all these restrictions have canceled your plans for your wedding – even if they have! All that this means for you is that you have more time to set up a better, more relaxing, and more luxurious destination wedding. We’ll help you use this time wisely – and plan from home.