A Love Note to the COVID 19 Bride & Groom
To my dear brides and grooms,
This was certainly unexpected, wasn’t it? It’s likely you’ve been planning your celebration for 12, 18, even 24 months and in all of your plans and details, I doubt a worldwide pandemic crossed your mind as a possible interruption on your way to the big day. And yet here we are – living through an historic moment in time that has forced us, all of us, to pause and wait -wait for this to pass, wait for the virus to slow down, wait for the world to begin healing. But this waiting isn’t easy, is it? It not easy when you’ve chosen a color palette that perfectly fits the inspo board you’ve meticulously put together, when you have a gorgeous wedding dress ready to be worn, when your floral arrangements are designed and your invitations have gone out (or are about to go out). Everything you’ve spent months dreaming of is now suddenly on hold. This is so hard, I know, but it will be okay.
I want to assure you of a few things. First and foremost, in a time when everyone is feeling isolated, and separated, you are not alone in this. The wedding industry is a big, creative, and supportive community that is in the business of helping a dream come together. We know there are so many moving parts to planning a wedding, with a network of vendors, and timelines – negotiating the logistics of contingency plans can seem overwhelming. But one thing we excel at is making it work. If you are one of our 2020 brides or grooms, you’ve already heard from us and know we are very actively watching the current climate of this COVID 19 crisis and how it may possibly affect your wedding. We’ve also kept in touch with many of our preferred vendors to make sure we’re on the same page. Even if you’re not planning a wedding with us, know that there are so many vendors out there who are bending over backwards to be available to their clients. Trust the professionals to provide you with the guidance you need in all of this.
The next assurance is something my mother taught me, and her mother taught her, and is a valuable mantra I use all the time: this too, shall pass. As a society, we look for immediate answers and expect timelines with finite start and end dates, so this current situation with all of the unknowns is a new and challenging territory for many. Add to that the emotional and financial investment of planning a wedding, and you may be feeling like the world is spinning off its axis. It’s not fair, and it’s frustrating, but it will not last forever. In fact, we’re already starting to hear that our social distancing efforts are working and we are successfully “flattening the curve”. There is an end, and we’ll all be stronger from this journey and more appreciative of each other’s sacrifices along the way.
My final assurance is that I promise we will gather again, and we’ll celebrate love, and family, and togetherness and it will be all the sweeter after this extended separation. If your wedding is this year, or you’ve had to reschedule to 2021, there is a whole tribe of people – from family, to friends, to vendors who can’t wait for the time when we’re all able to come together to celebrate your love and commitment. There is a light at the end of this, friend. Keep hanging on. We’ll get through this together.
Sending social distance hugs and love,
Director of Events
For those of you who have been forced to move your date because of COVID-19, I have some reassuring facts for you:
● 96% of couples say they are not canceling their weddings
● Among those postponing their weddings, 65% are moving their
receptions to a later date in 2020.
● The rest of respondents who are postponing said that they are shifting to
2021 (18%) or are still deciding (17%).
● Roughly 40% of those postponing their weddings are planning to get
legally married prior to their rescheduled receptions.