If you’re planning a wedding in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably experiencing a variety of emotions, from anxiety to anger, sadness, fear, frustration, and more. Your wedding vendors are right there with you—not only assisting you through postponing your event or rethinking plans, but also deeply worried about their own business. Wedding vendors rely on events taking place to earn money, and with so many weddings being postponed, it’s likely many vendors and their small businesses will take a direct hit. While you might have a lot to deal with right now, take a moment to think about your wedding vendors and small ways that you can support them during this time, should your own financial situation allow.
Here are a few ways to support wedding-related small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even if your wedding florist has taken a pause on events, many are still making deliveries. If you have a loved one who needs a pick-me-up, a floral arrangement might be a welcome treat (and yes, it’s okay to send a delivery to yourself to brighten up your home while you’re laying low). Another idea: Buy a gift card for a floral delivery later in the year.
Gift certificates for photo sessions make great gifts! If you have a loved one with a special milestone coming up, why not gift them with a photo session to take place later in the year? You can also schedule your own family photo session (hello, holiday cards!) for the fall to show your continuing support for your photographer’s business.
With weddings and events being postponed, DJ businesses will need your support more than ever. Promote your DJ on social media, either by sharing a song playlist he or she created, hyping up their podcast, or just spreading the word about your amazing vendor by writing a review on a site like WeddingWire or recommending him or her to family members or friends who have events coming up. When events start picking up again, your marketing might help your DJ earn some extra business.
If you’re postponing your wedding, your planner can be a major source of assistance—helping you rebook vendors, handle communication, and more. You can still work with—and pay—your planner as he or she helps you with your new plans. And if you haven’t hired a wedding planner already, you may want to enlist one to help you if the stress of postponing your wedding is becoming too much.
You can still celebrate your original wedding date—by ordering a cake from your cake baker! If your baker is still operating, purchase a small cake from him or her and pick it up to share with your soon-to-be spouse. Enjoying a sweet treat during these tough times can be a major mood booster.
Wedding venues often host other events, such as birthday parties, showers, and more. If you’ve had to postpone your wedding, you might consider recommending your venue to family and friends to host a smaller event, like a birthday party or shower, for later in the year.
Some caterers are shifting to selling takeout and delivery meals since all large events are on hold. If you can support your caterer by purchasing takeout or delivery, it will certainly be appreciated. You can also send meal deliveries to friends or family members who are at home and may not be able to cook for themselves.