Black Bride Magazine SUMMER 2020 The Covid-19 Guide

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Photography courtesy of Joshua Dwain Photography, Melissa Kelly Weddings, Sheronda Seawright Photography, and The Wise Image What are your company's recommendations for how couples should proceed if their wedding date is coming up soon?

Currently, in many states and countries, there are restrictions on gatherings over ten people. There are also travel bans in effect. It would be best to postpone your wedding, especially those scheduled for June and July. Everyone is monitoring the situation as it unfolds for dates beyond the next few months.

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What is the procedure and/or any obligations for the couple if the wedding is postponed?

Many companies have a fee associated with moving a wedding date. However, a lot of vendors are understanding and will work with the bride and groom. Some, including our company, can postpone weddings into the near future without charging postponement fees. Your retainer and any monies paid should be moved to the future date, but work with your planner to speak with all vendors involved to mutually agree upon a date. Your venue is top priority, but keep in mind that some vendors may not be available on the dates your venue has open. Couples plan their weddings one to two years in advance, so be flexible with the day of the week as well as different dates. Weekday weddings are a good alternative, and in my experience, often have just as many guests as a weekend wedding.

What if I need to cancel my wedding?

In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your wedding, refer to your vendor contracts to review your agreements and proceed from there. Most vendors have spent time on staffing, meetings, calls, site visits, and so much more, so you may not receive a full refund or any at all. We encourage couples to use cancelation as an absolute last resort. Try to postpone before cancelling. Will my design have to change if I postpone?

In most cases, no. With the same venue and vision, your design should not have to change. However, if your design includes flowers that bloom during a certain time of year, you may need to be flexible. Peonies, for example, can be sourced at different times of the year, but the buds may be smaller and pricier outside of their typical season. There are a number of substitutions that can be made to give you the same look and not sacrifice your overall vision.