As the coronavirus begins to interrupt the daily routine of many, the wedding and event industry, along with the many among us who depend on it, have been uniquely compromised by the new guidelines for preventing the spread of illness. Couples and families who have planned for the happiest day of their lives are now working to reschedule their events during what was already slated to be one of the most popular years for weddings and events.
In attempts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we are taking the necessary steps to minimize our footprint during this crisis. We are staying up to date on the latest developments and information from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and state and local authorities; acting responsibly by avoiding travel to outbreak hotspots, practicing social distancing by holding most meetings online instead of in person; practicing good hand hygiene; and, last but not least, even swapping our hugs for a friendly wave (and we are huggers so this was particularly difficult).
We are more than happy to work with all of our clients in any way possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are thinking of you all and praying for your wellness.
Thank you for trusting us with your most precious memories. Soon, we hope to rejoice in celebration with you.
As of right now, we are only rescheduling events that were supposed to take place through May. For weddings past May, we do recommend having a back-up date in case you'll need to reschedule your event. You don't need to make a solid decision until you're 30-45 days out. Remember, 2021 couples are starting to book dates as well, so if you have your eyes set on a specific vendor, it would be a good idea to reach out to them as soon as you can to get your new date locked in place.
We expect wedding vendors to be busier than normal, so having a solid plan with your wedding team (i.e. planners, coordinators, dj, etc.) will ensure you can move forward with your desired wedding date. Reaching out to your vendors about a game plan early is key. If you haven't officially booked your date yet, it would be a good idea to reach out to your first choice of vendors to ensure they have your date available. The sooner the better.
We know that we're living in unprecedented times, so one way to go about it is to plan your wedding virtually. In this day and age, we are lucky to have the convenience of the internet, and online shopping of course! Every store is unique and has their own practices they are applying, so visiting their website and reaching out to them ahead of time will ensure you get the wedding of your dreams. As for us, we are currently booking weddings still, but we won't photograph until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Your safety is our top priority.
Consider having an elopement or even a smaller intimate ceremony on the day you had originally planned (if lockdown restrictions are lifted by then). Then after Covid-19 is over, maybe you could throw a bigger celebration/reception for everyone else. The goal is to ensure your guests feel at ease so they can celebrate with you safely. You may also want to consider streaming your wedding for those that cannot make the new date or guests that are traveling from afar.
As soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted, we will continue scheduling engagement photos and everything else as planned. We don't know how long this will last, but as soon as we are okay to move forward with sessions, we will be reaching out to our clients individually. We miss photographing so much but want to be sure our clients are safe and feel at ease at their session.