Party of Two Photography
What can you do if you are impacted by Covid 19 with regard to your wedding? What concrete steps can you take?
As we all get used to what is becoming the new normal, those who have weddings coming up in the next few months are more anxious, nervous, worried & trying to balance. We totally get it.
- FIRST AND FOREMOST- take care of yourself and your family. Your health is the most important thing!
15 Days to Slow the Spread” 3.16.2020
Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
If your wedding is coming up in the next few months:
- Remember that your wedding vendors are dealing with many couples similarly impacted, people they genuinely care about. They are also dealing with the virus and how it affects their business as well as working to keep themselves and their family safe and healthy.
- BE KIND!
- Know what your contract says. 68% of wedding couples don’t actually read all pages of their contract before they sign it! Take your time to familiarize yourself with how the terms of your contract relate to each of your wedding vendors as well as your venue.
- Each vendor and venue may have different terms of their contract.
- Unless your wedding is scheduled to happen in the next 15 days, the current duration of the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines from the federal government, take a breath. You have the luxury of waiting just a bit to see how things will sit.
- Current (March 16, 2020) CDC guidelines say to limit gatherings to 10 people or less.
We can only hope that the future shows that we over-reacted now, and that is what saved us.”
- Reach out to each of your vendors in a calm manner. Remember, they are likely stressed out too!
- Remember they are all dealing with other people and will get back to you and address your concerns as soon as they are able.
- Most vendors will work very hard with their couples to re-schedule weddings in the future, this varies by company.
- Re-scheduling weddings means that all of your contracted vendors will have to have mutually agreeable future availability.
- Work together for a solution.
This situation is not one where you can, or should, place the blame. In this unprecedented time, we are all finding our way with no history to draw from.
- Keep notes from every vendor as you work towards a solution.
- Understand that you may not have all the answers right now.
- Many vendors are totally dependent on state and local governments and things shift and change every day.
What if you are able to continue with your wedding but due to the government closings you can’t get a wedding license? We’re hearing this happen a lot for those who are eloping, or able to continue with their weddings. In this instance most officiants and couples have told us that they have decided the best thing to do is to proceed with the ceremony as originally planned and then the couple will take care of the legality when things are more settled. This looks different for every state and sometimes every state and county.
Realize that you are part of the solution and that we all must work together in the world at large as well as the wedding industry. We care about you, and hope that we can all look to find the bright spots, and understand our collective responsibility as we face this crisis.
Together we will rise.