Great tips for Booking your wedding during Covid 19
Tips for booking your wedding during Covid 19
If you had planned a dream wedding before the lockdown happened or Have since got engaged and are now wondering when you might be able to actually plan your wedding, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed as everything feels so uncertain. But we are here to give you some tips around booking your vendors for your wedding and how to navigate the minefield of covid 19 without losing your deposit money and still having the wedding of your dreams.
You had your wedding booked and then lockdown happened
This happened to so many people during the lockdown period and they may have had guests flying in from overseas , and have had to change their plans due to the lockdown. As a wedding photographer I have found that the best option is to postpone, not cancel. So booking your wedding during Covid 19 should be a flexible process. And you should not be losing your deposit due to the pandemic if you have to change plans.
I have allowed my current wedding clients to postpone indefinitely, and rebook a new date when they are sure of it. Of course there are a few issues, in that the date they want may already be booked by another wedding etc. So the best advice I can give is to secure this as soon as you possibly can to avoid unnecessary losses. As all the wedding vendors will need to be rebooked and hopefully be available again the sooner you do this the better. Check first with your venue if they can accommodate your new date , and then contact your other vendors once they confirm availability.
Advantages of Re- Booking your wedding during lockdown
There are some advantages to rebooking your wedding during covid 19 pandemic as well. Mostly, wedding venues and vendors are trying to recover some of their losses, and as such they may have specials running . This means you might still be able to get your dream wedding at a lower cost if you are willing to plan and book quickly. The venues and vendors are also fresh from their long six month rest and are likely to give you the attention you truly deserve on your wedding day.
Flexibility is Key when booking your wedding during Covid 19
The more flexible your wedding vendors are the better. For instance the couple in these photos did have their wedding booked on september 19th. They decided to keep this date and go ahead with a small ceremony of 20 people , all masked, but have postponed their wedding reception to January so they can still celebrate with all their guests. This means I needed to be flexible and be able to split their wedding package and book both dates. But it should be noted this flexibility needs to go both ways . We cannot rebook multiple dates and hold them indefinitely for you, but we will do our best to accommodate you as long as we are available.
Be aware of your terms and conditions before paying your deposit
The best way to deal with this is to have all the cards on the table. Discuss the worst case scenarios with your wedding photographer or vendor so you can have a clear picture of what the outcome might be should you have to cancel completely. Then make sure everything is in writing and agreed upon by both parties before booking. This is the best way to avoid any nasty surprises should the need arise to make changes that you cannot foresee. Also be aware of the rules for your wedding and be sure to keep your wedding vendors in the head count of your final numbers, and make sure they will be wearing masks. Get their details ahead of time so the venue is aware of them being there and can communicate with them if the need arises for contact tracing.
In conclusion, as you can see it can be a bit tricky to rebook your entire wedding, but if you are clear and consistent with your wedding vendors and communicate with them often then you should be able to come to an agreement where everybody wins. This is a time where we need to help each other recover , suppliers and clients alike. But despite the challenges it is still very possible to have a beautiful wedding. We hope to see you soon 🙂