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Should You Cancel Your Wedding Due To COVID-19?

An Unforeseeable Future In The Wedding Industry

Today, which happens to be the beginning of my spring wedding season, I could never have imagined that I would be sitting here right now writing about what could be a wedding season in Florida that has been turned upside down by a pandemic. That's right, he said "pandemic"; not a hurricane, not a snowstorm, not a flood, but an invisible virus that appears to be coming on stronger as this post gets published. We're in uncertain times right now, but you were supposed to get married this spring and NOW, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you cannot. What's going through your mind? DO NOT CANCEL: Reschedule / Postpone Instead

I don't believe the word "cancel" should ever be in any bride's vocabulary. Obviously, this pandemic popped up at the absolute worst time, right as the spring wedding season was getting ready to get cranked up.

  1. You've just learned that your wedding is not going to be held on the day you planned.

  2. You are more than likely full of emotion, and are probably shedding a few tears, if not sobbing profusely.

  3. Just take a deep breath. Everything is going to be fine.

I am here to tell you that you are not going to cancel your wedding, but instead you are going to "reschedule" or "postpone" your wedding. How do you go about "rescheduling" or "postponing" your wedding? Well, you should call your wedding planner or coordinator and discuss a new date and then contact your wedding venue.

Ask Your Wedding Venue For A Few Open Dates In The Future

It is absolutely imperative that all lines of communication be wide open during this time. It is my belief that at a time like this that any and all wedding venues should do as much as humanly possible to help you get your new wedding date saved.

  • You had your heart set on getting married at what you thought was the most beautiful and charming wedding venue.

  • You built a rapport with the venue manager and now you need a new date.

Ask your wedding venue for at least several open dates in the future. You should even consider a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday as those dates are not likely to be filled in the future. After you receive these dates, consult with your wedding vendors on which of those dates are open. Choose the wedding date that offers the greatest chance that all your existing vendors will be able to accommodate your new date. Be prepared that you might be getting married in a different season, such as summer or fall. Perhaps you were getting married on a Saturday during the prime season. Your chances of getting married on an off-peak day or month will greatly increase the chances that all the wedding vendors you have secured will be able to be there for you on your new date.

Cancelling Your Wedding Will Come With A Big Cost

Let's face it, Weddings are not cheap. The prices go up dramatically when you are planning a destination wedding here in the Tampa Bay & surrounding areas. While the safety and well-being of you and your guests are very important, if you should "cancel" your wedding, you will lose all that money that you have put into it. Being able to successfully "reschedule" or "postpone" your special day will allow you to keep a lot of those investments you made for your original date. While some vendors may charge additional fees to change your date, it's a small price to pay, rather than lose your total investment all together. Cancelling your wedding will likely have you lose your deposits.

Cancelling A Wedding Is A Stressful & A Sad Thing To Do

Ever since the proposal, you and your fiancee have been living in this world where you are smiling all the time and in this perpetual "over the moon" mood thinking about your special day. I've been a part of so many weddings and I know how excited a bride and groom are when their special day arrives. I know the glow that they both have when they do their first dance and hang out with their friends and family. You've picked your wedding venue for a reason. You grew attached to it and fell in love with it when you saw the photos online and even more when you met to do a site survey. After visiting your venue, you already saw your cocktail hour beginning with an incredible playlist and began to look forward to your wedding day even more.

Do Not Cancel Your Wedding; but instead Reschedule or Postpone. Want To Talk To Me About Being Your Wedding DJ?

At the end of the day, the Corona-virus crisis that has it's grip on the country is a temporary setback when planning and executing your wedding day. The uncertainty of when this nightmare on the wedding season will end is the biggest variable to rescheduling and postponing your wedding day. Should you be in limbo right now, the most professional wedding vendors should have taken the initiative to reach out to you to see where you are at. So far, as this post is getting published, a few of my weddings have been cancelled but most of them rescheduled. In all of my communication in regards to this very rare moment, I've personally recommended not to cancel for all the reasons that I have outlined here. I am very optimistic that we will come out of this crisis on the other side as an even stronger wedding community.


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