Jessica
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Should i be planning a wedding for early April next year?

Jessica, on April 3, 2020 at 10:34 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 30
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I have to admit that I鈥檓 wondering if brides will be in a similar position next year and have to postpone since a vaccine for the virus is not set until 18mo. from now. How is everyone else handling future planning??馃槬

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Latest activity by Day, on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur
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    I鈥檇 say go ahead and start planning. Things change quickly. Just have a discussion with your vendors and possibly add a clause in your contract that pertains to these type of events. It鈥檚 very important to get as much done as early as possible. With people out of work now and a lot of small businesses that will be going out of business a lot of couples are behind in payments having a hard time changing dates and getting refunds. Now that you know that鈥檚 a possibility you can get ahead of that with already have a plan b a year out.
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  • A
    Savvy April 2021
    Ariel
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    I was supposed to get married this April but due to the virus I had to change it to next April. I started booking things already. I now have a better venue and will have a nicer wedding. So it turns out to be a win. (:
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
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    Thank you! That鈥檚 what I was thinking. I guess with all of the uncertainty it鈥檚 making me feel anxious. I鈥檒l create a plan B and charge ahead.
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    Thank you! That鈥檚 what I was thinking. I guess with all of the uncertainty it鈥檚 making me feel anxious. I鈥檒l create a plan B and charge ahead.
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    Sorry I accidentally put my reply in the wrong place. Sorry you had to adjust your plans but I鈥檓 happy things are turning out better for you! Was your current venue not available? How has the transition been? Feeling pretty good about next year?
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  • Clarissa
    Super October 2021
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    Im getting married next March I鈥檓 still going forward with planning. You have a year to get everything together and I鈥檓 being optimistic that everything will be better by then.
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    Dedicated August 2020
    Shveta
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    I couldn't agree more!

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  • Cre
    Beginner March 2021
    Cre
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    In the same boat...I am planning, and very optimistic! What I am doing though is ensuring my venues that I am considering have clear cancellation or transferrable terms and conditions in the contract to cover COVID-19 in case it is still around by our wedding date. We are not just giving money away.
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  • Bennie
    Beginner April 2021
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    I got engaged October 2019 and already have about 60% of the vendors booked like venue, catering, photography/videography, DJ and DOC in addition to my dress. I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 ever too early to plan.
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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
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    Part of me is like "oh, you'll be fine! Go for it!"
    The other part of me will tell you that when I looked at rebooking, I thought of next March and said "fool me once..."
    But I rebooked for this fall instead. I say go for it.
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  • A
    Savvy April 2021
    Ariel
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    My current venue was available. I just felt like if I was going to wait another year, I wanted a bigger and better venue. I wanted something more extravagant. The transition has been a breeze. I鈥檓 feeling great about next year. The venue I have now, has a fire pit where guests can make s鈥檓ores and a beautiful patio.
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  • Earazona_
    Dedicated October 2024
    Earazona_
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    My wedding is scheduled for April 10, 2021 and at first I was hesitant because of everything going on, but we are having a smaller than planned wedding instead of the big shebang. Most likely a family only, not what we planned that's for sure.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari
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    It's so hard to know where things will be next year. We are supposed to get married on May 30, 2020 and are not even confident things will be better if we push back our wedding a full year.

    In your shoes, if you really like April of next year, I would start planning for then but be wary about paying too much on deposits that cannot be refunded or at the very least discuss (and get in writing) what the options are with your vendors should Covid-19 still be an issue a year from now. If April isn't as important to you, I would be more apt to schedule a wedding for later in 2021 for a little more cushion.

    Obviously no one had any way of predicting that a pandemic would happen this spring, but I definitely would have planned a much different wedding if I had suspected that there would be restrictions, economic stressors, and health worries. We would choose more cost effective options and plan an event that could easily be scaled back or adapted to suit a smaller event or different location. I'd try to design my wedding to be as timeless as possible. We would leave personal details aside from our names off most custom items purchased before the wedding (if you have to change your wedding the first things that will change will be the date and location) including favors, guestbooks, and even your rings, and would choose colors, decor, and a theme that work regardless of time of year. I'd send STDs and other paper goods digitally so you don't waste the expense of having to do them 2x or more if things change. I would have probably picked a more simple, wearable dress, one that could work indoors or out, during a formal ceremony or for a courthouse or elopement as well (so would skip a long train or ballgown).

    I think you can still plan for April 2021 wedding and have it be a fun process as long as you prepare yourself to be able to adapt and change plans swiftly if needed. So much of the distress of having to change our wedding is how high our hopes were for it, and the little things (like my FH getting the date embroidered into his suit, I keep being so grateful that we didn't engrave our rings with the date) are some of things that upset me the most.

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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    鉂わ笍 congrats!! Definitely a silver lining! Hoping good things continue to come your way!
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    We have the same date 鉂わ笍. Are you scaling back to be cautious or was it a separate decision to keep it small?
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
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    I鈥檓 sorry that you are being affected by this. I appreciate your advice. I was wondering if doing digital STD would be better and waiting to send out an invitation to when we have a better idea of the situation. Really good point about the date being everywhere. I do hope to have April as it is my grandparents anniversary date but I鈥檒l begin now being open to change. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    Thank you!
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  • Jessica
    Beginner May 2021
    Jessica
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    Did you have a chance to go gown shopping? All my appointments scheduled for a month from now were cancelled. I originally thought you needed a year out to shop but I read recently only 9 mo.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    I really hope it works out for you and that things are much much better by next year. We did a digital STD sent via email, paper invites (literally put them in the mail right before things blew up here in the USA), and online RSVP. We did send physical versions of our STD to family members in addition to email (some family members are older and don't use email all that much), but sending them by email and doing online RSVPs saved us quite a bit of money in printing and postage.

    The digital STDs worked great for us. I think it's a good idea to have a quick way of communicating with all of your guests easily anyway. Fortunately we already have everyone's email addresses now, and as we make last minute decisions or changes we can get in touch with all of our guests without having to call them one-by-one.

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  • Earazona_
    Dedicated October 2024
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    Awe yay! 鉂
    Definitely scaling back to be cautious.
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