I thought it was about time that I wrote a blog post (or in my case two) about this whole coronavirus thing and your wedding.
I have separated the blog into two posts: One (this one) for 2020 couples whose dates are affected by this disease, and another for late 2020 and 2021 couples (follow this link to check it out).
For those of you whose wedding days are going to be affected by this I want to start off by saying how sorry I am that that’s the case. I don’t think any of us could have seen this coming even in our wildest dreams.
That being said, I also wanted to say that I know that we can come up with a great alternative plan if needs be. I know that the possibility of rescheduling may not seem feasible, but through open and honest communication with your vendors, I know that it is. We truly all want to help in whatever way we can. We care about each and every one of you even if you are not our clients and we want to ensure that, regardless of a pandemic, you have a magical day (even if it’s not the one you had originally planned).
So, here is the action plan I would suggest:
First, don’t wait on making an alternative plan. If you’re thinking this may affect you, it’s better to start sooner rather than later. As of yesterday, all events of 25 people or more have been made illegal in the state of Oregon for the next four weeks. I know it sucks, but it is reality, unfortunately. So, please reach out to your vendors as soon as possible to come up with a new date, venue, etc.
Second, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Guys, we’re stuck at home, too, and we would much rather be helping you out than sitting down to stream the next Netflix series (we’ll have plenty of time for that). We are eager to help. We live for this. And don’t be afraid to give us a purpose (other than cleaning, watching TV, or those puzzles I just ordered hahaha).
There are some wonderful professionals who are willing to step up to help with your burden whether that be with scheduling help, vendor recommendations or just as a support. That being said, here is a list of coordinators who have offered to help with rescheduling/consulting (click on their names to be transferred to their sites) even if you’re not their clients (and I’ll add more as I see them):
Be flexible and kind.
Please know that we are going to do everything in our power to get this resolved quickly and mutually-beneficially.
We don’t know what rescheduling will look like or how many people will be affected at this point, and there is always a chance that your vendors will have a conflict on the day you are looking to reschedule, but, personally, myself and a few other photographers with similar styles have already been hard at work to create a safety net for our clients.
And on a positive note, maybe a vendor you were hoping to work with will be available on the new date! Who knows? But there is a silver lining to be found here, and I plan on offering a discount to displaced and rescheduled couples who need to re-book their photographer. It just seems like the right thing to do.
If you are feeling nervous, upset, whatever,–please don’t be afraid to email or even call me. I am here for all of you and will help you find a solution regardless of whether you are my client or not. I just want to help however I can.
We really are all in this together. Stay healthy and positive. We will get through this craziness and throw such a wonderful celebration of your love once we do!
Side hugs and all my love,