Planning a Wedding during a Pandemic?

What should I do now?

I’m Eva. Award Winning, Traveling Wedding & Elopement Photographer based in Tennessee. I'm going to give you a few helpful tips in planning during a pandemic like Coronavirus so you feel at ease and have no regrets for your special day.

My goal is not only for myself to feel successful and do a great job, but to leave you feeling amazing, knowing you have gained a friend and not just a photographer. I want you to know I have your back.

Why are we giving you this information? Because we empathize. We care. No matter what photographer you choose, we want you to look back on your day with joy and smiles. We understand how scary something like a pandemic can be. We know what it is like to look forward to something big, so big that it changes your life, only to have everything fall to pieces.

We don’t want you to look back on your wedding date with sorrow. Whether it remains a wedding or becomes an elopement, we want it to be perfect for you!

This pandemic has everyone panicked, right? Well the good news is with us, you don’t have to be.

Now that you understand the why, let’s get to the plans, yes?

Before we dive in, remember to do 3 important things.

Pray.
Breathe.
Relax.

The Knitty Gritty

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has finally made landfall in the US and has started to impact everything. In the wedding industry, there have been delays for gowns and decor and other supplies that are coming from overseas. Some of your wedding vendors may be doing video meetings to make things easier for you.

We want to make sure you have the tools to move forward with your wedding. Whether, your wedding date is just around the corner, or not until fall. We have gathered a few tips for you so you can get ahead of the game without it affecting your big day.

What if my wedding day is affected by a restriction on size or location?

The news headlines will tell you that some more significant social gatherings have been banned or urged to postpone depending on location. For couples with guests coming to the US for your wedding, there’s a chance they may be restricted from entering the country. Some of our couples who didn’t have a wedding planner on their team have reached out for some names, so they have an industry expert helping them navigate uncertain times. We are happy to share some names with you as well; just send us a note.

What happens if a lot of our guests are unable to make it?
Some of our couples have immunocompromised or elderly guests that have planned to attend their special day. Sadly, they may have to make the hard decision not to be at the wedding. This is not world ending. Smaller weddings are just as sweet, and with great photos, our brides and grooms will have SO something to share with them. Some venues are going above and beyond, creating a plan to live stream weddings for the guests who unable to make it. If live stream is not available, ask your photographer for a videographer referral, we have our own team that we can always add on.

What happens if one of my wedding vendors is ill or has been asked to quarantine?
We hope all of our couples with upcoming weddings have been in communication with their wedding vendors already. Many vendors have been proactive and sent out emails to their couples to go over contingency plans. If someone on your all-star wedding team is a solo business owner, they should have a plan in place for dealing with unforeseen circumstances.

What if my wedding venue has to close?
It’s never too early to start the conversation now with your wedding venue so you can be up to date with any significant changes they may choose to make. Many venues have been very accommodating, so don’t hesitate to open up communication channels with them. It’s a great idea to review the contract with your venue to get the cancellation clauses.

What if my wedding gown arrival is supposed to be delayed?
A huge percentage of wedding gowns are made overseas in China – even the designer gowns! Pick up the phone and call your bridal salon about options. Ask about floor samples. These are also many options for closeout and redesigned gowns, so try not to panic.

What if we have to postpone our wedding due to being sick?
This is where previously reading your contract and being aware of what it says about rescheduling will be helpful. If you’re still not sure, reach out to your vendors and ask what their policies are about rescheduling.

Should we get insurance, and will it cover coronavirus?
I think wedding insurance is a great thing to have because it does cover many things; however, most wedding insurers have stated they would NOT cover coronavirus related wedding issues.

Now what?
There’s no doubt it’s imperative for you and your love to get married even in current events. While your plans may have to change, your wedding day can still be perfect because you get to marry the love of your life. You can usually change your photography/videography needs as well as other vendor needs to be more of a styled elopement and still celebrate. It’s always a good idea to visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control regularly to stay up to date since things are changing rapidly.

How can we stay calm in the storm?
We are big fans of finding balance, especially in uncertain times. At Restless Hearts, we recommend praying first. If you are not religious, breathe and meditate. Watch a few episodes of the office or parks & rec. Binge watch Friends until you feel calm enough to carry on. Click here and please let us know if we can be of any assistance during this time.