Corona Virus and YOUR wedding.
Once in a while a nightmare situation arises that puts all the other wedding day “problems” into perspective. What follows are a few ideas and thoughts from me, a wedding supplier for 35 years, a wedding fayre planner for 10 years and mixed in with all of that a project and change planner for a rather large corporation.
Everything below is a bit basic and a bit obvious but sometimes, a gentle reminder as partonising as it may seem, is quite useful.
This is not Eastenders, this is not facebook, this is real life and situations like this are never improved by slagging people off, surrounding yourself with drama queens or making rash decisions whilst watching TV. Calm down, get a notepad and pen and work out what you want to do.
Communicate calmly and clearly with everyone affected in order of importance, this order is...
Small business and sole trader SERVICE providers (Photographer, Florist, Cake Maker, DJ etc)
PRODUCT suppliers (Postboxes, table centres props etc)
And do the “Big Ticket” items first.
Be reasonable and understanding. Always remember that the person you are talking to is also talking to other customers, may be trying to keep a business afloat and in the case of hotels and other venues, is probably facing redundancy. Screaming and shouting will put you to the bottom of everyone’s “to deal with” list.
Accept this, it is no-ones fault. Most people will want to help you, many venues will let you move the booking, many suppliers will be keen to offer you help BUT... There are only so many dates in 2020 and 2021 and everyone is in business to earn a living from those premium dates.