Planning or Re-planning a wedding for the rest of 2020 into 2021…
As we are only a couple of weeks into this mess, I am already seeing that the fallout from this on weddings is going to exponential. Booking your wedding date this fall and the first part of next year is going to be a bit complicated. Courtesy of the COV-19, thousands of weddings got canceled, postponed or rescheduled. This means everyone is trying to do this while competing for the dates that you and your special someone are looking for as well. Scheduling a wedding is not always an easy process as is, now add the fact many people are looking to get in their weddings in the year 2020 after this worldwide event, many vendors are going to be already booked, or possibly booked for a pending client. 2020 was a big year for weddings. The repeating numbers are always attractive for people when selecting dates. This year (before COV-19), has been a record booking year for many vendors. Many were booked with all available Saturdays before 2019 ended. So here, we say, take a moment, take action, do not just react.
There are things you can do to help make things easier, for yourself and others. In all reality, so many people, events, and industries were displaced by this world epidemic. Thousands of engaged couples and even more vendors are scrambling to accommodate the changes we have been forced to make.
So what can you do?
1. Check with all your vendors. Send out a mass email. Give them at least 24 hours to return your email. I would say give them 2 full days. Most vendors’ emails are full right now with panicking brides and grooms, and phones are ringing too. they want to ensure you are taken care of, it is just not as easy as you pick a date and we can make it happen. Especially considering recent events.
2. Whether you are booking your wedding for the first time, or you were affected by the bans and mandates, shoot for a Friday or Sunday Wedding. As I mentioned before, so many people are booked already on a Saturday.
3. Pick a later month. Most vendors in our area (Cleveland, Ohio), and in our area in the states have a seasonal span with weddings. Slow months typically range from November to April. This does not apply to all of them, but it applies to a very large majority. Truth is, most vendors would be excited to fill in those slower months.
4. If you do not want a winter wedding, then if possible, push it out to next year. I would say however, there are many people with that same mindset. So, you do not want to wait to start booking your venue. If you have other preferred vendors, I will also suggest booking them ASAP. Many of those weddings scheduled for April, May, and June of 2020 will be pushed out until next year as well. You will still be competing for dates.
Essentially, the wedding industry is going to be trying to put an extra season of weddings, inside another wedding season. It will get harder and harder the longer you wait. Don’t wait, get your deposits/retainers in. Then you can sit back and relax as you plan your wedding.
About the writer: My name is Jerry. I am in the “J” in J Sabol Entertainment. I have been in this industry for well over 24 years. I am not a professional writer by any means. This is why most of these articles are more like I am talking to you, then being all prim and proper. The one thing I will never do intentionally mislead you. My name is on my company. The last thing I want is my name to be looked at in a negative light.
My disclaimer: Most of the things written in this blog are my opinion. Sometimes lessons learned from my experience. If there is anything that is need of a reference, I will also provide them. Especially in times of crisis. My crew and I do this with one concept in mind. We make it happen, and we make good memories.