It’s not an easy time if you’re getting married soon or planning your bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday party. Chances are, your friends and family are staying home due to COVID-19 / coronavirus crisis. Many non-essential businesses are closing for the next few weeks which includes wedding venues, party places, and more restaurants. You may be wondering what to do next, so we put together a helpful guide to help you navigate this uncertain time and hopefully have a successful celebration like no other!
Your feelings are valid
Let’s just say it - it really sucks having to cancel a wedding or a party. You may have been wanting a specific date for your event or you were planning to celebrate a baby shower with your family, and now you can’t. You may be feeling down because of all the work you put into planning an event that may not happen. It’s ok to feel all the emotions. Now’s the time to tap into your support network of family and friends. Vent if you need to! Everyone is going through the same thing so finding someone to talk to is so important. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, breathe. Be gentle with yourself and those around you.
Let your guests know
If you can, share this task with your partner so you’re not overwhelmed. Letting your guests know if you’re postponing to a new date will help them clarify their travel plans as well. Your friends and family will likely want to help, whether it’s by words of encouragement or supporting you in other ways
Work with your vendors
Reschedule if you can. If your party is impacted, remember that it’s also impacting your vendors. Cancelled dates can equal loss of business for many and on a personal level, it’s a stressful time for everyone. Try to work out new dates that might work with your vendor. The event planning/wedding industry is full of small business so naturally, vendors have contacts within the community. If your vendor can’t service your new date, they may know someone who can.
If your wedding or party date changes and you need to cancel or return your order, please let us know! We’re here to help via email, live chat, or phone!
Cancelling your wedding doesn’t mean you’re not getting married. You may need to talk it over and postpone your ceremony to celebrate at a later date. If your party favors are customized with the date, keep them! It’s a way to honor your original date without paying for custom items again. Meanwhile, create a list of projects you’d still like to DIY or make a Pinterest board with those that inspire you!
Consider having a virtual get-together
As we practice social distancing, brides and event planners are getting creative! From virtual baby showers to civil ceremonies at home, there are options as you celebrate while staying home. If you don’t feel like celebrating just yet, get together with friends and watch movies via Netflix Party or have a Zoom boardgames night.
If it’s just you and your partner, how about celebrating that day with your favorite movie and some wine?
It’s still your special day, no matter how (or when) you choose to celebrate!
These are stressful time and no matter how you’re navigating your event planning, we hope you stay safe.
How are you dealing with postponed/cancelled events? Share your ideas with us in the comments and support our creative community!
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