Planning a wedding during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Most brides and grooms don’t know where to start when planning their wedding in the midst of a pandemic but they want to get married sooner instead of later.
When you start planning and are reaching out to vendors you will have to ask them a few questions before you consider them for your wedding.
Most of the time most companies have a non-refundable deposit if you have to move or change your date but some companies will let you move the deposit over to the new date. If you have to all out cancel you may lose your deposit which some can be in the Thousands of dollars especially for a caterer or location.
I suggest not paying in full unless you book within that person’s policy to pay in full. With the pandemic a lot of vendors are unable to give a refund as they are trying to keep their business going and have multiple events cancelling or being moved to a different date, but some may be able to move the funds to a new date if you decide to move and some companies may have a rescheduling fee.
Some locations will require you and your guests to wear a mask in the public areas but not the reception area and some others are very lenient and leave them as a preference for guests which is mostly the case.
Most of the weddings we have done in the pandemic normally all of the vendors are wearing masks and the caterers usually wear masks and gloves while handling food. If you prefer everyone wear masks you may have your DJ if he is O.K. with enforcing people to do this and you would have to let the staff at your selected location be aware that you would like this enforced as well. I would also make guests aware of this policy as some people will not want to wear them. You may also provide them as well or have them as a favor with your names on them.
Be aware of locations that limit your guest count to a certain number before you decide to book your location as some are 50 or less of what they limit it to while other locations are higher depending on your area.
Lastly before you book your vendors ask them if they are unavailable if they change your date what would they do. Sometimes there is nothing they can do so you may either had to find a date all of your vendors are available or figure out if you will be losing your deposit or if you will still get a credit that you may either transfer or use for a later date. Some good companies will do this for you.
Hopefully this helps with planning or possibly moving your wedding in the new Covid-19.
We at Elegant Entertainment wish everyone to be safe and look forward to someday this being over to get back to normal times.
Stay safe and best wishes on planning your day!
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