MY ADVISE IF PLANNING A WEDDING DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

MY ADVISE IF PLANNING A WEDDING DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Posted by AlessiaSanta
  • On 1st April 2020
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So far a lot has been said from all around the world, and I’d like to share with you what I’ve done so far for my couples who are getting married in Italy and in most cases are coming from abroad.

I hope these tips and guidelines will help also those brides who don’t have a wedding planner.

Here my key steps if planning a wedding during these weeks.

  1. POSTPONE, DON’ T CANCEL:

The virus has a limited timeframe in our lives, and weddings will happens more than before, when the virus is gone or when a vax will be found. 

And after these restrictions, we all will need to celebrate, to dream, to travel, to love and to party more  than before.YOU WILL GET MARRIED in any case

2. WHEN YOU CAN ASK FOR A REFUND: “Act of God” and the obligation of all suppliers to provide a refund applies ONLY if there are restrictions to travel at the time of the wedding. If your wedding is happening in June and you cancel the wedding in April with the request to have your deposit back, the answer is:

“Act of God applies in case of impossibility to provide the service WHEN IT IS PLANNED TO HAPPEN OR IN THE DAYS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE” – so if in June there will still be restrictions to travel, you will have your money back, otherwise, all suppliers are flexible enough to postpone and keep the deposit valid for a new date.

3. HOW CAN I SET A NEW DATE?

Check the availability of everybody, from guests to suppliers.  Start from the most important, work on a specific date, set an option and be quick: all the weddings in May and June are being postponed to fall or early 2021, so the sooner the better.

Many planners are offering a “rebook”service, so if you don’t know where to start, ask for help!

When you have a new date, re-define the schedule of payment with all the suppliers.

KEY QUESTIONS YOU SHOUDL ASK ARE:

  • When are we and our families available?
  • When is our venue and suppliers available?
  • If ay of them is not, what do they offer to honour the service?
  • – when is the deadline for taking the decision to postpone?

4. BE FLEXIBLE: if you are considering to postpone in September, be flexible to accept a week day: most of the week ends in Settembre and beginning of October were already taken before the virus.

5. I AM GETTING MARRIED IN OCTOBER, SHALL I POSTPONE?

At the moment no, I am recommending to all my couples to keep the date and keep on planning  and define a deadline for  taking the decision to postpone in late spring.

6. STAY IN CONTACT WITH YOUR GUESTS

Many of them if involved in a destination wedding may be afraid to travel and you don’t want to put a risk their lives as well.

Check with them what their commitment is so far (did they book the flight and accommodation?) and when is deadline for cancellation.
Safety is important to you and you don’t want to get married at any cost. Give them a deadline for your decision to postpone and reassure them: you will get married only if the situation is safe for everybody.

7. BE UPDATE WITH THE SANITARY SITUATION WITH THE PROPER CHANNELS.

Instangram, Pinterest are good for inspiration but they are also the public place of many fake news. Make sure your sources of information is accurate. Ask your planner to share with you official channels of a correct information: this is key for everyone in every country.

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