How to Handle Freaked Out Couples Who Want to Reschedule their Wedding

In order to give our wedding professional clients some insight as to how to handle upset couples who wonder whether they must cancel their weddings, I came across this article from Carrie Goldberg of HarpersBazaar and thought, "OMG this is perfect and will truly help wedding pros during this time." So, I cut and pasted the entire article here so that HarpersBazaar can get the credit as well as help them with backlinks because it's an awesome article. Read on, my friends....




(originally posted at https://www.harpersbazaar.com/wedding/planning/a31673827/how-to-plan-weddings-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ )


In these uncertain times, the experts in the industry are rallying to guide you through postponements, problem solving, and planning for social distancing.

BY CARRIE GOLDBERG

  • Should I Postpone or Cancel My Wedding? Per the CDC advisories on gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days in the United States and the lockdowns in seven counties in California, throughout Europe, in the United Kingdom, and beyond, the industry's experts are insisting that weddings planned for March, April, and May be postponed. "We don’t know what we don't know, and what we don't know for sure is when we're going to be able to have weddings again," BAZAAR Bride top event designer David Beahm says. "But I believe that the end of this year is going to be extremely busy."Beahm, like the rest of his colleagues, is looking ahead—noticing that the majority of couples planning to wed in the next three to four months are choosing dates in September through November when rescheduling.The key, it seems, is to focus on postponements and rescheduling, rather than cancellations to avoid losing deposits. "I have been really encouraging my clients to postpone, because we're all in this together," BAZAAR Bride top photographer Jose Villa tells us. "I normally do 20 weddings per year, and I've had seven postpone within the past three weeks. None are cancelled—and that's the way to go, because their retainers will apply for their future events."