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Planning a Wedding in Times of Uncertainty

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The world is currently experiencing a wave of uncertainty but this doesn’t mean we can’t still find ways to focus on the important, exciting and special aspects of our lives, including weddings!

Love should always be at the core of anything related to wedding planning, even when there isn’t a pandemic running wild. When there is optimism and a loving attitude, you can get through any challenges or uncertainty. If you and your fiancé are in the midst of planning your wedding day, here are a few tips that might help!

The Villa Blanca at The White Room, St. Augustine FL

The Villa Blanca at The White Room, St. Augustine FL

Deciding Whether to Postpone or Cancel

It’s probably the BIGGEST question on everyones minds right now… should you postpone your date, or cancel? It can be difficult to stay positive about the wedding planning process with all of the lingering uncertainty, but  the good news is, that at some point – it will end. Experts are recommending that instead of cancelling your entire wedding, you postpone it. (#rescheduledontcancel!) By postponing your wedding, you’ll incur fewer financial losses than if you cancel it completely. Many of your vendors and venue will be more than happy to help you make alternative arrangements, ensuring everyone benefits. If your wedding is in the near future, start the process of choosing another date and making the necessary arrangements with vendors and guests. As an added tip, consider choosing a date that falls on a Friday, or Sunday if possible — or even a weekday to ensure all of your original vendors have the new chosen date available!

On the other hand, if your wedding is still several months away, there’s probably no need to change your date at this time — but it goes without saying, to be aware and  keep your ears open for changes in regulations and restrictions but for now, there really is no need to cancel your wedding completely.

One other side note, many couples have also considered the option of postponing their wedding celebration to a later date, but still have an elopement style ceremony privately on their original day. This allows you to still get married (which is most important!), and then have a huge celebration and ceremony later with family and friends! Though this varies in all locations as information is changing daily, some vendors may be willing to work with you to still provide florals, a small cake and yes photography for your elopement and then serve you on your new date! It never hurts to reach out to your vendors and talk with them so you can get an idea of what they can help with!

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Call in the Experts

No one knows weddings better than your vendors and so ti should go without saying, your vendors are here to help you! More than anything, they are professionals who want to keep their clients happy because we know how much this day means to you! (YOU are why we do what we do!) But yes, I think it’s a given, they want to keep their businesses up and running too. There’s no need to go through this alone. Ask your wedding planner, venue and vendors for help when rescheduling your wedding day. Not only will this help relieve some of the pressure, but they may be able to assist you with some helpful suggestions that will make all this a lot easier too.

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The Tides, Satellite Beach, FL

Focus on One Thing at a Time

When you need to re-plan an entire wedding, it can get very overwhelming, very quickly. Slow down and start by carefully jotting down everything you need to take care of, starting with a new date. It’s only once you’ve discussed a new date with your venue and vendors that you can start taking care of the finer details, such as letting your guests know. If you will be postponing, you can let your guests know in the meantime and send them the new date later on once you’re sure about the details.

Keep Your Chin Up and Remain Positive

This can be easier said than done but positivity will be key at this time. Lean on your fiancé, friends, and family for support. It’s perfectly normal to feel sad, angry and disappointed but try to bring your mind back to your reason for wanting to get married. Give your self time to grieve (yes, grieve or cry it out! It’s okay!), or step away from planning for a few days. Remember to focus on love, unity and the bigger picture to help keep your chin up. You will get through this and you can take solace in the fact that you’re not the only bride who needs to navigate these challenges – and you’ve got a huge support group and resources for you to reach out to!

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