March 17, 2020
Disclaimer: I am not a virologist, doctor, expert in infectious diseases or a lawyer, nor do I claim to be an expert in COVID-19. All information below is opinion based on experience of the respective authors of the articles. To learn about Coronavirus please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Despite the information shared, this compilation post is meant to provide a pool of resources as easy accessible tools for you to make your own decisions that are best for you and your wedding specifically. Harborview Studios shall not be held responsible for any changes made in wedding plans after reading this post or any articles it links to.
If you are in the USA, please check the status of your State and mandates in regards to COVID-19. At this time, Massachusetts (where we’re located) is prohibiting gatherings of 25+ guests ending April 6th, meaning any weddings happening between now and April 6th in MA must be postponed. At this time the CDC is recommending postponement of events for the next 8 weeks (until May 10th).
COVID-19 has taken all couples off-guard and understandably people are nervous, upset, depressed… basically going through the five stages of grief. And please believe me when I say: that is OK. Feel your feelings. Let them come out so you can process them, move forward, and be productive.
To make your research a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of articles from vendors (local and far) that will help you through these unpredictable times as well as a condensed list of what the major wedding blogs are saying.
The big takeaways? Written by Cape Cod & Boston-based Planner & Event Designer, Keri Ketterer Walter. In this article Keri talks through the “Should I cancel or postpone my wedding because of coronavirus” troubleshooting for several wedding date breakouts.
She also talks you through how to tell your guests about any changes in plans, how to move forward if invitations have already been sent (or not sent), as well as how to keep your guests safe at your event.
The article is thick with information written in a very calm, comforting tone that brings you back from the edge of freaking out.
The big takeaway? A nice short article summing up what to do with wedding insurance, reviewing the contracts you’ve signed, having a contract, AND THE BIG DIFFERENCE >> the recommendation to go local. Totally worth the read—check it out.
The big takeaways? A very concise article that helps you to organize your thoughts. If you’re short on time and want a quick hit list—this is a great list to get your ducks all lined up before you start making any decisions.
The encourage you to continue to plan, think about a loose back up plan, if your wedding dress has been affected by imports, vendors & safety protocols, event insurance, and inform your guests. You can also watch their spot on More Good Day Oregon.
The big takeaways: this continually updated post gives you all up-to-date information on the latest US restrictions and guidelines regarding gatherings—although you should always check with your local authorities for your area.
This comprehensive article talks about how the Coronavirus is affecting weddings around the United States, the impact on the wedding industry, and provides recommendations if you’re getting married this year in 2020 such as crafting contingencies A, B, and C for your wedding. What steps to take if you need to reschedule or cancel, how does that wedding insurance work, and what happens with your vendors?
It also goes over what you can do to make the most of the situation if you decide to go ahead as planned such as: communicating with guests, live streaming your wedding, sanitation stations, service options, etc.
Last but not least, it goes over honeymoon plans and the Coronavirus—which is not something I see addressed a lot.
It’s long but totally worth the read.
The big takeaway: It will go over what a lot of other articles go over such as how to keep or postpone your wedding. But it also talks about the etiquette of returning gifts for canceled or postponed weddings, and how to postpone your honeymoon (it is Honeyfund, afterall).
Billed as: a step by step guide on what to do, when, The Knot will help you navigate talking to your vendors, understanding contracts, reviewing your insurance. But the gold here is how they advise you to create a communication plan to inform guests and how you can help your guests recoup some expenses as well.
Big bonus points for talking about how you should let yourself grieve and that you should celebrate the day anyway.
The big takeaway: Although much of what GWS says is similar to everyone else, they do go into detail about reading the fine print on your contracts, how you can enlist others to help you, and so important… check in with your partner during this exceptionally crappy stressful time.
Definitely worth the read.
The big takeaway: Zola reminds you of something a lot of these articles don’t—you are unique and you must consider your unique needs and desires and not just follow advice because that’s what everyone is saying.
They make sure to put this whole thing into perspective so you don’t get lost in the stress of it all. My favorite parts of the article are the form letters they give you to guide you how to tell your guests if you’re rescheduling (or not rescheduling. That’s a big plus and super helpful.
The big takeaway: Excellent for people who just can’t take reading another article and at a smidge over an hour long, The Big Wedding Planning Podcast gives you a perspective of what it’s like on the inside of the wedding industry right now.
It also gives you perspectives on how other couples are feeling and dealing with the same situation you’re in—so it’s totally worth the listen. Not to mention, sometimes it’s just nice to LISTEN to actual human beings (especially in this time of social distancing).
I hope you find these resources helpful in these uncertain and wild times. We’re here for you if you need to talk so feel free to drop us a line.
Remember it’s important to breathe right now. There’s a lot of information here and even more coming in daily. Please know that everything will be OK. You will get married to the love of your life—it doesn’t seem like it now, but you’ll have one heck of a story to tell about all this one day.
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