Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Photo by: PetaPixle
With the drastic effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on various industries, the wedding industry was no exception. Not only you as a bride is being influenced, but your vendors too. Venues are closing their doors and all the other vendors are going out of business or scrambling to reschedule or cancel their upcoming weddings. In these uncertain times, it is difficult to decide, thus, we have set out a few guidelines to help you through this vagueness you are currently experiencing.
As a bride, you have always dreamed about your perfect wedding – the picture-perfect dress, an exceptional reception hall, all your family and friends sharing the special day with you, and you as newlyweds dancing the night away. However, with the situation we find ourselves in now, not all of this is possible. If you want to get married in the near future, some adjustments will need to be made and the new normal will be implemented.
The new normal for the reception:
- Currently, no weddings are allowed, yet in lower stages, some of the following will be implemented until instructed otherwise. When getting married within the next few months, it is important to know that social distancing would still need to be implemented. All your guests will be required to wear a mask during the ceremony and no reception will be allowed. Now, the big question arises – how can you fix this? Here are a few tips.
– We suggest that when weddings are allowed again, but not in all its glory, that you have an intimate ceremony with only close family and friends and have the grand reception and celebrations once everything is back to normal. By doing this, you can still have your ideal wedding.
– Add your personal touch in your ‘lockdown wedding’. When giving your guests masks, you can personalise the masks with a creative design on which commemorates your wedding day. It will put a smile on all your guests’ faces.
– A very important thing to remember is to be open to adaption. Having an open mind will make this difficult process a lot easier.
The new normal with you and your vendors:
- A lot of time and money goes into creating your dream wedding day; thus, it is just as hard for your vendors as it is for you during COVID-19. They are losing a lot of money and clients, due to the pandemic, which is bad for their businesses’ cash flow. Here are a few tips to follow when talking to your vendors.
– Do not cancel the wedding vendors. This is an uncertain time, so do not make any rash decisions. Make a decision a month before your wedding, if you can get married you have all the vendors in place. However, if the regulations state you are unable to get married, cancel the date with the vendors and reschedule. Prepare yourself, as it is possible that you might lose the deposit.
– Keep looking for vendors for your wedding. When it happens that you are unable to get married on your original date, try looking for a date from February 2021.
– When booking a venue, look for an opening on a weekday, Friday, or a day before a public holiday. By doing this, your venue will be able to accommodate you.
Positivity and adaptability are essential when planning your wedding at this time. Always remember why you are getting married – to start sharing your life with the one you love. These is just a few unforeseen obstacles you as a couple needs to overcome and I can almost guarantee you will come out of it stronger.