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  • Staci C. Franklin

COVID-19 And Wedding Planning

It's no secret that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting everyone around the globe. Every industry has been impacted, particularly the wedding and events industry. Over the last several days, I've been monitoring the response from leaders within the industry and I thought it best to provide a quick list of tips that can help you navigate through this unprecedented situation we are facing.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Stay calm, don't panic. Your wedding vendors are going through this too and want to help you as much as possible.⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Reach out to your venue(s) to

find out if they are still able to host your wedding/reception, and if so what are the stipulations. You'll also want to get potential openings if you are faced with postponing to another date.⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Contact each of your wedding vendors to discuss the plans for moving forward. They will want to know as soon as possible if a new wedding date is needed and how best they may be able to accommodate you.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Don't forget to communicate with your bridal party and your wedding guests. This may be best handled with updates on your wedding website, an email or a phone call.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. If you are able to keep your original wedding date, you'll need to plan on having a smaller guest list due to potential venue limitations. Also, some out-of-town guests may not be able to travel and older guests may reconsider attending.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. If you're still shopping for a wedding gown, you'll need to add some extra time. I typically recommend ordering the gown 6-8 months before the wedding but with the shut down in China you'll want to have at least 8-10 months prior to your date to allow enough time for manufacture, shipping and alterations.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7. If you're planning a buffet reception, you'll want to have the catering staff serve guests in the buffet line to limit guests handling serving utensils.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8. Stay updated on guidelines.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be safe and know that we'll all get through this together.

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