We realize many of our grooms are likely dealing with the task of postponing, cancelling and/or replanning their weddings right now. Wedding planning in general can be stressful then throw in a pandemic and the stress levels go way up. We wanted to take the time to address the situation and hopefully help you to navigate this unprecedented time.
If you decide to postpone: Whether you're forced to postpone or decide to out of precaution, it's important to remember that you do have options, and your team will be there to guide you through the process of postponing your event. And if you decide to postpone until 2021, make any important decisions as soon as you can and then take a nice long planning break!
If you're waiting to postpone: When considering the right time to officially make the call, every situation is different, but generally speaking, the decision should be made approximately three to five months out. In order to make the decision that is best for you, consult with your team, recognize your priorities and consider your guests.
If your wedding is planned for after July: Whether your wedding is affected by COVID-19 is really up in the air right now, depending on when and where it's planned. That said, it's important to stay informed and make educated decisions as more news becomes available. Most planners are advising that the postponement of August weddings be determined no later than the end of April because of the timing of invitations. Whereas for weddings in fall, you have a little more time, but keep in mind that it all depends on whether or not guests are traveling for your wedding, as well as your venue’s availability to accommodate a postponement.
How to prepare ahead of time: In order to make a decision when the time comes, go ahead and have a serious discussion with your team to decide the best plan of action moving forward. It doesn't hurt to know what your options may be if the current regulations are extended to include your wedding date. Talk to your venue, speak with your vendors, be considerate of your guests and most importantly keep everyone in the loop for a smooth transition.
If you're planning to move forward with your original date: Whether your wedding is set after July in the U.S. or you're planning to host a more intimate affair at home in the meantime, it's best to consider taking the following measures when saying "I do" at this time - follow CDC guidelines, expect a smaller guest count, consider food and beverage minimums, account for invitations, design with what's available, source local goods, practice extra hygiene and lastly consider a livestream.
We know this is a difficult time and the decisions you'll need to make in the coming weeks are likely not easy. Know that you're not alone, everyone from your neighbor to Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are dealing with it, and I DEUX will be here to make you feel special whenever and wherever the nuptials take place!