Wedding planning in the best of times can be a challenge. So how does one cope and plan when circumstances can change in a flash. Look at the world crisis' taking place over the last while – wildfires, unprecedented flooding, and now COVID-19 - situations not only affecting those around us but globally. It almost makes you want to go find a cave and stay there.
But that is not who we are as a human race. We are people of resilience and none more so than a bride who has a wedding to plan and execute. So how do you cope when you have a wedding crisis going on around you?
I want to share 5 tips to help you through a wedding crisis that you can use to help reduce the stress.
If you are planning your wedding in your hometown or local area, think about sourcing local shops to get the majority of your wedding items. This will help eliminate delays or cancellations. Most wedding dresses come from China so either plan well in advance of getting your gown or find local alternatives. There are a lot of advantages to having a custom-made gown – uniqueness and availability being two.
Your choice of flowers should be carefully considered as to where they come from. Orchids, Birds of Paradise, Calla Lilies, even tulips are all beautiful and exotics blooms but often have to be shipped in from other countries especially if out of season. Talk to your florist about availability of your chosen blooms before you book. And while you are at it, ask if they have any local alternatives that might fit the bill if yours can’t be delivered.
As you make your plans and meet with the vendors – venue, photographer, caterer, florist, etc. make a list of questions for each of them and include as to what their cancellation policy is – both if you have to cancel or they do.
There’s a good chance you may lose your deposit. Check to see what alternatives there are available to you. And if you are in crisis mode, make sure to connect with your vendors as soon as possible to get their reaction and plans. It’s important to work together to get through the situation and arrive at the best outcome for all.
Make sure you communicate with your partner so they know the scoop. If you have to make a decision, try to make it together and prepare a ‘script’ to tell your family, bridal party and friends. It’s tres important that everyone is informed and on the same page as to what is happening.
Insuring your wedding isn’t top of mind for most couples. In fact, it’s safe to say that it probably doesn’t even get discussed. You don’t think twice about getting insurance for your home, car or health. But a wedding?
Think about it though. Your wedding will cost you a small fortune relatively speaking so Wedding Insurance protects you from losses that may happen due to various factors, such as:
Point of Interest: The most claimed areas last year were:
A lot of time, effort and planning go into the wedding day. The cost of wedding insurance is minimal compared to the cost of the wedding and what is at risk. Certainly food for thought.
No one ever wants to be in the position of having to make this decision when it comes to the most important day of your life. Should we postpone or cancel?
All that hard work, guests to consider, food, pictures, décor – so much to think about.
As you go about your wedding planning, think about a Plan B or even C for things like weather, vendor failure, what if. Obviously, you can’t cover everything, but determine what are the most important “must-haves’ for your wedding and see if you can have a back up plan.
However, if factors are beyond your control and you are forced to make that awful decision, first of all contact your insurers and your vendors and find out (again) of what is covered and what is not.
The number one piece of advice that I can give couples, whenever possible, is to postpone, don't cancel. Depending on the circumstances, many venues and vendors will allow couples to postpone their events at a reduced penalty or possibly no fee. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance you will lose your money if you cancel.
In most cases, vendors and venues do not legally have to let couples out of their contracts. With Mother Nature or a pandemic on, it is all purely good will gestures on their part to do so. This is where your insurance might help to cover any loses.
You have 3 choices when a situation beyond your control causes you to think about whether to have your wedding or not. You and your hubby to be will need to decide whether you postpone your wedding and re-arrange it for a different date once the situation is under control, cancel everything and start over at a later date or consider an alternative plan by making the most of the friends and families able to attend and dedicate your lives to each other as husband and wife.
Once you are realistic, you can process and move to a point of acceptance and start looking at options to move you forward. If you really have your heart set on a particular date, you can always elope and have you big wedding celebration at a later date.
With today’s ever-changing world – be it a natural occurrence or a personal one, there’s a possibility that your wedding plans may not go exactly as planned. If changes are inevitable, consider these 5 tips to help you through your wedding crisis. Being flexible will help, knowing the ultimate goal is marrying your true love.
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