Covid-19 and Weddings in Ireland
It’s safe to say no one expected to be wedding planning during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re finding yourself in this situation, try to remain calm and allow yourself some grace to process all your emotions. While the situation is causing a lot of changes, it’s important to realise you still have options. Here are some things to think about!
What Can You Do?
It is not nice and nobody wants to be dealing with all the suppliers and having the conversations about the date changes or cancellations etc…. Here are some options that will hopefully help YOU in smoother scheduling process during these times.
Postpone the Wedding
If your wedding date falls within the Irish Government recommended reopening time frame of wedding cancellations, you are probably unsure of what will happen next. It’s best to start reaching out to vendors, venues and guests to discuss dates for postponing.
Keep in mind that changing the date may cause you to lose out on vendors/suppliers you already have since they may be booked for a new date. To counteract this, reach out to your vendors to see what dates they have available before officially choosing a new one. This way you can see if any vendor availability matches up!
If you’re postponing, it’d be beneficial to get in contact with a wedding planner if you don’t already have one. With day-to-day Coronavirus updates, it can get overwhelming for one person to take on re-planning an event. Having someone helping you through this period can alleviate some of that stress.
- I managed to accommodate 90% of new dates for my couples.
Here is a list of popular Wedding Planners in Ireland
Carry on with an ELOPEMENT
Unfortunately, no wedding can continue on totally unscathed. If you can’t bear the idea of postponing the wedding or switching to a livestream, you can move forward with an elopement.
If you decide to elope with immediate family or only a few close friends, you’ll still want to practice social distancing at this time. It’s a great idea to set up a sanitation station and revise food options, as self-serve food should be refrained from to reduce spreading the virus. For more tips on social gatherings, check out the Irish Goverment guidelines. Although, there is going to be restrictions in place in to the amount of people allowed to gather.
During all Levels of restrictions you are able to Elope. As long as the numbers of guests do not exceed the guidelines.
- An Elopement option seems to be the one that can happen at any level of restrictions.
- A Wedding – you’re risking with numbers of guests and if you have a large wedding venue – you will end up paying for this.
Be Mindful of Contracts
It can be the case that you have deposit paid for your vendors and they are not available on your new date.
In this case I suggest – take note of few potential dates that you would be happy with and ask them for their availability. Most Vendors are happy to provide change of date without additional cost or without losing your deposit. For some, however, it may not be possible.
Be smart about your NEW DATE
What if your Wedding or an Elopement was in the middle of the week?
I am sure that new date will have an impact on the prices, if you are re-scheduling from Spring to Summer, wedding venues have sometimes higher cost on Peak times which tend to be Summer.
What if it was still SUMMER, but it was a MID-WEEK? or a Thursday? I am sure many of your guests can make it on a Thursday and it will make such a difference to your vendor availability.
- I have re-scheduled some of my couples to MID-WEEK! So I was able to re-schedule 90% of weddings and couples did not lose their deposits.
Tips on PLANNING postponed wedding
For those of you outside of the 5-level restriction time frame and still in the process of planning your wedding, there are still many things to keep in mind. With so many couples having to reschedule their weddings, prime 2021 dates are quickly filling up for many vendors. If you’re worried about your date being taken, reach out and book your favourite vendors as soon as possible!
As everything changes daily, it can add more stress and uncertainty to an already overwhelming time. This is a hard time for everyone and know that you aren’t alone. If you’re looking for more direction when it comes to COVID-19 and planning, I created this 25-page guide to help you through: The Ultimate COVID-19 Wedding Planning Guide. It’s packed with more advice, email templates for your vendors and guests, and what I’m doing to help during these times.
- The World is in a difficult place and it will take time to recover from this.
- You may see increase in prices from some vendors, so be wise and maybe try to PLAN FOR A MID-WEEK? Thursday?
Ireland is now at Level 5. See all of the measures that are in place at Level 5 here.
Stay safe, guys!