Here’s some expert advice to use IRL.
Planning a wedding is a Herculean task. There’s a deluge of excitement, followed by doubts and myriad other emotions, peppered with bouts of exhaustion. Throw in a global pandemic and it’s maddening. Weddings across the globe have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 crisis and has led to crazy scrambling among to-be-wed couples and their families to shift dates, deal with vendors and alert guests. If your are one among many wondering how to solidify your union, conveniently at a later date, here are a few tips from wedding experts to help tackle the issues.
1. INFORM THE GUESTS
It’s essential to reach out to your wedding guests at the earliest as they may have to reschedule or cancel flights. If invites have already been sent out, you can inform all your guests that the wedding has been postponed due to the coronavirus situation. Trrishant Sidhwaani, Director, DreamzKrraft, which organised Arman Jain and Anissa Malhotra’s wedding says, “We’ve experienced this in the recent past where couples who we have been working with decided to push their wedding date. Everyone is aware of the current situation and will understand. Pick a new tentative date and send it out so your guests can save the dates.”Sowmya Raghavan, Communications Head of Bengaluru-based 3 Production Weddings, suggests sending out a common email or WhatsApp message to the guests. “This is an easier and quicker way of tackling it,” she adds.
2. RESCHEDULE VENUE BOOKINGS
Vikaas Gutgutia, Founder & MD, Ferns N Petals advises against cancelling the venue bookings. “Stay in touch with the venue’s team so that they can guide you on how to re-schedule and re-plan their wedding. You would need the venue in future so, maintain a good relationship with the venue team,” says Gutgutia.However, most venues especially hotel properties across the country are accommodating a free six month postponement from the date or a complete or partial refund of the advances paid. “However, if the venue is a farmhouse, lawn space that you may have paid for, then a possibility of a negotiation may arise,” says Raghavan.
3. GET CREDIT NOTES FOR ADVANCES PAID TO VENDORS
The advances paid to caterers and other vendors will mostly be adjusted as most service providers are willing to accept a date change at no additional or a minimal change in fee. “You need to connect with all your vendors and discuss with them the new dates that you want to push your wedding to and most of them will accommodate,” says Sidhwaani. Just don’t forget to collect credit notes for the advances paid by you. However if you wish to cancel these service providers then a cancellation fee will be applicable.
4. STORE PERSONALISED DECOR PIECES
It’s a common practice to order personalised elements that you would want to add to your wedding decor, such as napkins, cutlery, crockery, embossed cushions, wedding favours etc. Keep them safely as you would want to use them later, they wouldn’t go waste. “Fresh flowers are usually ordered the night before the function by the decorators, therefore there is no wastage. But other decor elements that you may have requested them for are stored in their ware houses,” says Gutgutia.
5. SAVE YOUR WEDDING OUTFIT
You can definitely hold on to your outfit and jewellery and use it for your wedding, whenever it takes place. You can keep the order and take delivery of it too and wear it on your new dates. “At a later, if you need any alterations, your designer will surely help you out. Talk to them about the fittings that will be needed closer to the wedding date,” says Sidhwaani.When it comes to weddings, there are a lot of things that need to be worked upon to curate a beautiful celebration. It’s also necessary to stay calm and patient. Look at the brighter side, you now have more time to plan your big day. However, most weeding planners recommend a low key, intimate ceremony with fewer guests. “Re-assess the wedding considering the current situation. Either postpone dates but keep in mind some very essential planning that will be required on health and safety, sanitization, layout planning with ample space, waste management and sterilisation of all items that come into the event. The other way to do it is to scale down the event with fewer people and use technology to live telecast the event to all near and dear ones,” says Raghavan. Smaller, intimate weddings will cut down on expenses, chaos and stress without cutting down on fun and memories.
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