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Brides, we know this meme feels all too real right now but before you go full panic mode on your matrimony plans, take a deep breath and read through these tops tips from Ranu Coleman, CMO of online bridal boutique Azazie.
Postpone if necessary, but don’t cancel!
If you are a bride getting married in May or June, it definitely makes sense to postpone your wedding to late Summer or Fall. However it does not make sense to cancel from a financial standpoint as you will lose deposits, instead you can use those deposits at a later date. Reach out immediately to your venue and each of your vendors and discuss your concerns and what their policy will be in this instance. Find out what other dates are available and see if you can find one that works for you.
Hire a wedding planner (if it’s in your budget).
With the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the effects it will have on planning, hiring a planner will take away some of the unnecessary stress and panic. Give yourself someone outside your immediate circle to lean on and look to for guidance.
Save the reception for later, not the ceremony.
It’s more important than ever to have love and happiness amidst all that is happening. Consider having a small (10 or less) outdoor wedding with just close family and host a bigger reception in the Fall/ Winter. Weddings are still going to take place, now it just means being innovative on what that will look like. Live stream your ceremony for your family and friends and then spend time together as a newlywed couple. Plan a fun staycation or at-home celebration with champagne and all your favorite foods!
Take advantage of technology to help streamline the planning process; schedule video calls, schedule online 360 virtual tours of venues, use a mobile planning app, order your dress online, take advantage of online chat etc. You can still do that now and then schedule something a year out. You can also still find the perfect bridal occasions and bridesmaid dresses online. Azazie offers a virtual showroom feature and a sample program that makes it seamless and easy to do from home.