We all find ourselves in very uncertain times right now and are living in a very different world than we were even just a few weeks ago. Information we receive is changing on a daily, and even hourly basis, and we’re all trying to keep up and do our part to help “flatten the curve” and curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the new virus in which we’re faced. And as we try to adjust to a sudden, new (temporary) normal, we all have, and will continue to have, a lot of questions and concerns.
People across the country and around the world are having to cancel most of their immediate plans as it deals with work, leisure, travel, entertainment… and the list goes on. The wedding industry is also being hit hard, with brides and grooms who have approaching wedding dates feeling the brunt of the blow. We’re facing the unfortunate reality that many wedding events that had been scheduled for dates in the near future will need to be postponed. On March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a recommendation to cancel weddings, and any other large events or mass gatherings, for the next eight weeks in efforts to help lessen the spread of COVID-19. And additional orders from local, state and federal officials are being issued daily.
We know the news is very disappointing to couples who are getting married soon. If your wedding is scheduled on a date anytime up until at least the middle of May 2020, it will need to be postponed. If you have a wedding planners, this is when their expertise and assistance is invaluable. Make your first phone call to them to establish your game plan. Your venue will be next in the line of communication. Prepare a list of multiple available dates with your venue and reach out to all of your vendors so you can coordinate and choose a new date that works for you. And be sure to revisit your existing contracts for details regarding rescheduling or canceling your event with each of your vendors.
As of the time of the writing of this article, if your wedding is scheduled for a date in mid-May or afterwards, the advice we read is that you should not cancel or reschedule your event at this time. But be prepared for this possibility should health and safety guidelines be changed, and be ready to communicate with your vendors very soon. Find out now what options you have should you need to reschedule your wedding event.
Inform your guests of any new developments just as soon as you receive the information. If you have a wedding website, this is the easiest way to communicate to everyone. And if you have relatives or friends who you know are not internet-savvy, be sure to reach out to them by phone, text or email.
Continue to watch the news as it comes from our government officials, the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) and stay informed. Be ready to take the next necessary steps and to move quickly in adjusting your wedding plans when the time comes.
Here at Cord 3 Films, we know the anxiety and disappointment facing our brides and grooms and we understand. We’re closely following the news as well and are ready to work with our couples who are affected by this pandemic. We want to coordinate a new date, where we can still provide our services so the day is still what our couples envisioned!
We’re living in unprecedented times for us to say the least, so all this is new territory for everyone and we’re all taking it one day at a time. Know that it’s normal for you to feel at times like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, especially with so many unknowns we have yet to tackle in our immediate future. But one thing we do know is that we’ll get through it together.
March 20th, 2020
by Kristi Chapman