Your wedding day is one of the most exciting and memorable days of your life. It is the day that you have looked forward to and planned for over the course of many months. Now that the big day is almost here, the world has been thrown for a loop because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 15, 2020, the CDC recommended that all weddings be canceled for at least eight weeks. That means weddings scheduled for March, April, May and potentially June at your Sharon, PA, wedding venue may have to be postponed.
In fact, the closure of non-essential businesses and venues, you may find that your wedding must now be postponed because the space is no longer available, even if your wedding was going to be small enough to meet the guidelines of your state. While that can be disappointing, you need to take these 5 specific steps to minimize the impact of that postponement.
The first thing you need to do is get in contact with the venue. If they cannot accommodate your wedding on its original date due to social distancing guidelines, ask if you can be rescheduled for a later date. Recognize that you might not be the only event your Sharon, PA, wedding venue has to juggle to reschedule, so be open to alternative dates that might be available during the week. Also, keep in mind that many rescheduled dates could still be at risk, simply because there are no concrete dates for everything to be open again.
You also need to contact all your vendors right away. The reason is that you may be able to get your deposit back or be able to reschedule. Waiting until the last minute could mean that you could forfeit any deposits and be required to pay a penalty for breaking the contract. Another reason to contact your vendors is because you need to find out if they are operating during the pandemic or have temporarily closed. Responses to your contact efforts may also be delayed if the vendors are reduced to limited hours or staff based on the pandemic guidelines.
To save the costs of mailing updates regarding your wedding postponement, which could take time to arrive. Most weddings today are using hashtags, allowing for the sharing of announcements, pictures, and more. Make use of your social media and hashtags to inform your guest list of the postponement and any plans that you might have made. If you are just waiting before setting a new date, make that clear.
Since your wedding is being postponed, you will need to make adjustments regarding your honeymoon plans. That means canceling any travel plans as early as possible. The fact is that you may not know when you want to rebook, so if they offer a credit, it might be a viable alternative.
As you make all these phone calls and announcements, you are going to be dealing with your feelings regarding the postponement. It is okay to express your feelings, either by talking with a close friend or journaling. Take time for self-care and allow yourself to express your disappointment, anger, and frustration.
Our Sharon, PA, wedding venue is currently has limited staff in place due to the CDC guidelines. However, we are still answering questions and working with couples regarding their weddings. If you need to postpone, please contact us today. We can work with you to come up with alternative arrangements.
The Corinthian Banquet and Event Center can accommodate functions from 30 to 350 guests. The Corinthian’s diligent team of personnel will provide superior service and exquisite cuisine to make an ordinary event extraordinary.