Planning a wedding is stressful under normal circumstances, but planning one while the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is ongoing adds another level of anxiety and pressure.

Whether you've already had to postpone your wedding due to the coronavirus (we can't wait to see the epic parties you all throw on your new dates!), or your wedding is further into the summer and you feel a little bit in limbo, it can be hard to feel you know what the next steps are, or what questions you even need to ask.

We've put together a list of some of the main ones that may get you answers to some of the things niggling at you as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

It's worth baring in mind that your wedding vendors are probably up the walls with questions from wedding couples at the moment, so you may have to be as patient as you can manage with them. Appreciate that they are probably still putting together their own contingency plans for various coronavirus-related wedding situations and that this is a very fluid situation so a lot is changing every day.

Emailing them, rather than calling, is your best bet unless your wedding is coming up in the next few weeks. It means they can respond when they get a moment - they may be dealing with solutions for couples whose weddings are this week or next right now - and it also means you have their response and policies in writing.

 

First up, some common coronavirus wedding questions we've answered:

How is COVID-19 going to affect my wedding?

How do I postpone my wedding?

What do I tell my guests if I'm postponing my wedding?

 

Now, these are the coronavirus related questions to ask your wedding vendors

What to ask your wedding venue about coronavirus and your wedding:

Many wedding venues are dealing with couples postponing their March/April weddings until later in the year or into next year, and also with couples who have planned a spring wedding theme now wondering what to do about changing it to suit their new winter date.

Here are some of the big questions to ask your wedding venue:

  • What is your policy for postponing or cancelling our wedding?
  • At what point will you be advising on postponing for our date/for May/June/July weddings?
  • What available dates do you have for rescheduling weddings in X month at the moment?
  • If we reschedule our wedding to a new season, do we have an indoor option for our ceremony/drinks reception (if previously planning an outdoor one)? Does the venue decor change with the seasons?
  • Is there anything the venue will be doing differently because of the pandemic?
  • If the venue is temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus, what is the best way to contact you?

What to ask your wedding planner about coronavirus and your wedding:

If you have a wedding planner, they will likely have been in touch with many of the other vendors they regularly use and may have a more informed update to give you. Obviously you need to check that they are happy to apply their fees to a rescheduled date also.

Here are some of the big questions to ask your wedding venue:

  • What are our options if we decide to postpone our wedding?
  • Will you be coordinating with our vendors if we do decide to postpone, or will we?
  • What dates are you available if we need to postpone to a certain month?
  • At what point should we consider making a contingency plan for our May/June/July wedding?

 

What to ask your wedding photographer, videographer and band about coronavirus and your wedding:

Many wedding photographers and videographers, like other one or two person vendors, do have a cancellation policy in place, but it assumes that not every wedding for a few months is going to cancel and reschedule, so it's important to check in and be ready to be flexible if you plan on rebooking your original dream team. Some of these questions below will apply generally to many of your wedding vendors, but we've concentrated on the big three.

Here are some of the big questions to ask your wedding photographer, videographer and band:

  • What is your rescheduling/cancellation policy related to the coronavirus?
  • Are there any fees associated with postponing our wedding?
  • What availability do you have if we do reschedule our wedding?
  • Can we apply our current deposit to a new wedding date?
  • Does a change of date to a different season affect the timings of our day?

 

What to ask your wedding florist about coronavirus and your wedding:

If your wedding florist isn't growing all their own blooms - and most don't - they may be importing many varieties from overseas, and depending on their suppliers, and how COVID-19 progresses, they may not have all the flowers you had originally planned on having. This, hopefully, is only a small setback and you'll be able to work together to come up with alternative solutions.

Here are some of the big questions to ask your wedding florist:

  • What is your rescheduling/cancellation policy related to the coronavirus?
  • Are there any fees associated with postponing our wedding?
  • Can we apply our current deposit to a new wedding date? What availability do you have?
  • Where are our chosen flowers coming from?
  • Do you foresee any issues sourcing our chosen flowers, and if so, do you have any advice on replacements?

What to ask your wedding caterer and cake maker about coronavirus and your wedding:

Obviously it goes without saying that all your wedding vendors should be heeding the safety guidelines issued by the government and the WHO, but this particularly applies to anyone preparing food. If you've chosen a reputable caterer and cake maker, they are likely being very careful, but if you had planned family style meals or grazing/dessert tables or similar set-ups where many of your guests are likely to touch the food, it is worth discussing your options.

Here are some of the big questions to ask your wedding caterer and cake maker:

  • What is your rescheduling/cancellation policy related to the coronavirus?
  • Are there any fees associated with postponing our wedding?
  • Can we apply our current deposit to a new wedding date? What availability do you have?
  • Will you be changing the way you present and serve food? If so, what are our options?
  • If we have a lower guest count because of the coronavirus, will we pay for the new count or will you charge the original amount? When do we need to have final guest count figures to you?
  • If we reschedule, will we have to change our wedding menu, due to any seasonal foods?

 

All these questions are considered to help ease any uncertainty you have as you continue to try to plan your wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, it's worth baring in mind that your vendors are going through it at the same time as you, and they will have never dealt with anything like this previously.

It's important we're all working together to find solutions that work - all in the name of love - and that might mean being a little understanding if your wedding vendors are still figuring out all the answers at this time. We'll all get there in the end!

If there's anything we might have the answer to, as always, our Instagram DM inbox is always open!