Are you worried how coronavirus will affect your upcoming wedding?
Flight cancellations, closed borders and bans on mass gatherings have put a spanner in the works for those with upcoming weddings and holidays. Aside from planning, there are also fears of elderly and vulnerable guests putting themselves at risk of contracting coronavirus just to be present for a wedding.
So should you be cancelling your wedding? What about destination hen and stag parties? This unfortunately is going to affect a large amount of couples planning their wedding day. To every couple who were hoping to tie the knot within the next 12 weeks – please remind yourself, the measures that have been put in place are temporary. No one knows exactly what’s going to happen or how this is going to affect us all long-term. We do know that stress, anxiety and worrying endlessly will not help at all. It is of course a frustrating time for couples planning their big day – but ultimately safety is the priority.
Please speak to your insurance company and see if you’re covered right away. If you’re not then look into other options with new insurance companies. Make sure you read the terms carefully and are covered for what you expect to be before you give away any money.
If you have booked a honeymoon package deal, you should be protected by ABTA or ATOL. This would allow you to either postpone or get a refund. For those who have booked hotel and flights separately – many companies are now offering an option to reschedule plans at a later date.
Please don’t make rash decisions and cancel your wedding plans. Contact your wedding venue and chosen suppliers and credit card companies to try and postpone, reschedule and claim back anything booked.
Many suppliers intend to fulfill every wedding they have already booked in and will try their very best to help all in need. Now is the time to find out what their contingency plan is if they are unable to work at your wedding. Many suppliers are helping to support each other too – they are all in the same position and none of them want to let anyone down.
Please remember, you always have one another. For now, we must pause our plans and help one another to get through this. Try to give yourself a break from news and social media to not to get swept up in panic. Things may seem really scary and you may quite rightly feel extremely disappointed right now. If at the end of the day you are married then your wedding has still been a success, even if it isn’t exactly what you both planned.
The main message we want to get across is not to panic, things will work out. Don’t cancel your wedding it can still go ahead. Pause. Breath. Let’s stay safe, act with kindness and stay connected.