How to Plan a Canceled or Postponed Wedding During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tarrah Gibbons
June 30, 2020 - 1:55 pm
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As engaged couples start prepping for the rest of their lives, the coronavirus is postponing them from planning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the cancellation of events of 50 or more people to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. State officials continue to urge people to avoid significant events.

As a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak, couples are being forced to change or even postpone their big day.

Renny Pedersen, owner and senior event planner of Chicago-based Bliss Events, told Good Morning America that planners know weddings and events will need to pivot. Pedersen explained how companies would work with others during this difficult time.

If needed, how do you postpone your wedding?

Experts say postponing your wedding during this crucial time is highly recommended. If this happens to you, wedding planners recommend that you pick a new wedding date in 2021.

Pedersen suggests that May to December 2021 is your safest bet when postponing your big day.

When postponing your wedding, couples should call everyone from your vendors to your venue and photographers. Married couples should review the contracts that they signed for their particular venues.

Next, couples should sift through their guest lists to notify them that plans need to be adjusted. As for any wedding blocks at hotels, people should talk to the manager at the hotel to discuss other options for a new date.

If you already sent out a “Save-the-Date” note, Pedersen suggested sending an updated “Change-of-Date” notice.

If the coronavirus has impacted you financially, consider pushing your date to 2021, so you can plan a well-organized wedding budget.

Dress shopping for your wedding may be stressful, but it may cause even more anxiety during a global pandemic. Bridal boutiques across the county are still open.

David’s Bridal confirmed to GMA that its distribution and fulfillment centers are still open. Brides-to-be can even schedule a consultation with a bridal stylist.

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