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Expert Advice for Postponing Your Wedding due to Coronavirus.

Hello lovelies, how are you doing today? We’re getting settled in to lockdown life here at B.LOVED HQ and are certainly grateful to be able to surround ourselves with inspirational weddings and styled shoots to keep us going (so much more of the pretty coming to you over the next few weeks!).

As the coronavirus pandemic continues it’s becoming clear that weddings throughout the summer are likely to be affected, and we know that right now as well as feeling sad and disappointed, there’s also a lot of overwhelm and confusion about what to do next.

We’ve invited two of our B.LOVED Edit wedding planner members, Natasha from The Wildflower Wedding Planner and Rita from Wedwings, to come and share their advice and help with their expert advice for postponing your wedding due to coronavirus.

POSTPONING YOUR UK WEDDING DURING CORONAVIRUS

Advice from Essex wedding planner Natasha Cousins, The Wildflower Wedding Planner

advice for postponing your weddingHow are you helping couples who have their weddings booked in April & May?

My existing couples have been postponed to 2021, and I am dealing with all the logistics of this on behalf of my full-planning clients. I have been having more regular video-calls with them, and keeping them up to date with the process at every stage, which I hope is offering some comfort at a worrying time. I am also offering postponements for couples who have booked me for wedding coordination. As a member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners I have access to a pool of experienced and vetted wedding planners who will be able to stand in and run the day if their new date falls on a date when I am unavailable to attend.

What is your advice for couples who have their weddings booked in June-September?

At the moment, my advice is to sit tight for a little longer. Nobody knows currently how long this is going to go on for, and couples should avoid making any hasty decisions and postponing weddings unnecessarily. For now, you should carry on as best as you can, but have a contingency plan in mind. Take the time to allow yourself to make considered and informed decisions.

What about couples planning their weddings in 2021 who have not yet booked?

Please carry on as normal! With many weddings now being moved from 2020 to 2021 you may find that your favourite suppliers are getting booked up quicker than normal so if you have your heart set on someone in particular, get them secured for your date as soon as you are able. Many suppliers are, understandably, concerned about their cashflow in light of this pandemic, so it’s really important that people continue to show their support so that they are still around for 2021 weddings and beyond.

Some key summer dates for 2021 have already been snapped up, and I only take on a certain number of full plan clients each year so that I can dedicate the time and attention they deserve, but I still have room to take on more at this stage.

Are you offering any additional support of services to couples whose wedding plans have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

It is heart breaking to see the affect the coronavirus pandemic is having on couples, and I want to provide as much support as I possibly can. My main focus at the moment is with my existing couples, who I am continuing to work with and support them as they make decisions around postponing, and I am dealing with the huge amounts of admin this entails on their behalf.

For clients who have booked a partial planning or wedding coordination service with me, I am offering advice and support around how to go about postponing their wedding, and if they would more “hands on” help for certain elements, such as finding one or two new suppliers, I am offering this at an hourly rate. I am also offering a more bespoke service for those who would like me to reschedule their entire wedding on their behalf.

I am extending these services to couples who have been affected, but are not currently working with me, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to reschedule your wedding please do get in touch and we can see how I can help.

If you need help rescheduling your wedding in the UK, you can get in touch with Natasha to find out more about her hourly wedding planning service here.

POSTPONING YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING DURING CORONAVIRUS

Advice from Portuguese Destination Wedding Planner Rita Soares-Alves, WedWings by Rita

How are you helping couples who are planning their destination wedding in 2020?

I’m recommending any couple planning a destination wedding this summer to reschedule to Autumn/Winter, or 2021. There is a lot of uncertainty at this moment and a destination wedding involves travelling and accommodation for guests; the good news is that overseas destinations such as Portugal (where I am based) still boasts warm weather in the winter months and can make a great Christmas or New Year wedding destination/

For your plan B, discuss alternative dates, talk with you vendors and check their availability and postponing conditions or consider a smaller wedding or a week day wedding, and continuously tracking the evolution of the situation.  I believe that we won’t be able to have weddings before September.

Are you offering any additional support of services to couples whose wedding plans have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

I have already increased the amount of content I am sharing on my blog and social media  to help couples managing their lockdown with tips and ideas as well sharing my own experience during this period. You can read my latest post, 5 Tips to Help You with Your Postponement, including a helpful postponement planner here.

I have also just launched a new, very affordable, service specifically for couples that are feeling overwhelmed and stressed with their wedding postponing due to COVID-19 and who have booked or are planning a destination wedding in Portugal. The package includes 3 online meetings plus support thoughout the process, help to determine possible postponement dates, meetings with booked vendors, availability confirmation and contract reviews as well as a review of your budget and planning timeline in the lead up to your wedding.

If you’re planning a destination wedding and need Rita’s help you can get in touch here.

And if you need some help and advice, coronavirus-related or otherwise, we are here from you. Drop us an email [email protected] or DM us on Instagram any time!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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