If you've had to reschedule your wedding due to COVID-19, a weekday wedding might be a good option! Hear straight from #RosewoodCouples who have postponed their wedding to a weekday.
With the current pandemic, many couples have had to basically go back to the drawing board in terms of wedding planning.
We've reached out to a handful of #RosewoodCouples to hear their experience and advice on rescheduling their big day.
First, let's meet the couples:
Let's jump right in... This is real insight, straight from the corona-virus wedding trenches.
Stay positive and don’t make any hard-and-fast decisions. Things are changing on a daily basis so flexibility is key throughout the entire process. We know this is not the wedding day you imagined, but we are here to make it the best experience possible going forward!
"When it came to rescheduling our wedding, it was fairly easy. Rosewood Farms reached out to my fiance and I before we decided to reschedule to choose a backup date in case something were to happen. After a few weeks we decided to just move forward with postponing the wedding until a later date." - Traci Wichael
"Our experience with rescheduling our wedding has been very positive. Rosewood and all of our vendors have been so extremely kind and easy to work with. Most of them have even gone out of their way to check in on us throughout the chaos. We are also lucky to have our wedding planner, Courtney, to help guide us through the process. Wesley and I could not have found better people to work with and are so blessed!" - Kaitlyn Green
A Wedding Planner's Perspective
"We're sure to start every rescheduling discussion or process over the phone or Zoom/Facetime/etc. For us, we build such a close relationship with all of our couples so we want to be sure they can hear from us directly that we are there for them. We're here to support them and make these adjustments as easy as possible.
The process starts with a call and all of the options: postponing to later in the year, rescheduling to the next year (typically more fees apply), or for our late summer couples now - waiting it out. We talk about what the rescheduling process looks like, what fees might be incurred, and how to tell guests. We're really doing all the leg work for our couples so they can get all the information upfront and make an informed decision. Once the decision is made, we execute the plan for them." - Courtney Kappus
Why Choosing a Weekday Is Beneficial
1. Venue Availability
Available 2020 weekend dates were hard to come by at Rosewood Farms, even before Covid-19 hit. With so many couples forced to postpone their special day, late Summer and Fall of 2020 has completely booked up.
Moving your wedding to a weekday will help you have your wedding as close to your initial wedding date as possible. Also, your venue costs will remain the same, as opposed to moving to a popular weekend date in 2021.
2. Keeping Your Vendor Team
There's no question about it... your vendor team is more likely to be available for your new wedding date if you are rescheduling to weekday.
"One benefit of us having our wedding on a weekday was all of our vendors were available to reschedule. It takes months to hand select all of your vendors to fit your image of your wedding day so to have everyone still available was important to us." - Gena Conway
"Make sure you contact all your vendors about their availability BEFORE you set a new date and sign a new contract with your venue. I’ve heard of couples having to find new vendors last minute because they now aren’t available on the new date. This causes more stress and disappointment." - Kaitlyn Green
Becca, shown above with her fiance and adorable pups, shared this: "The majority of your vendors should definitely have availability to re-schedule on a week day, since most of them wouldn't have another wedding scheduled already. We have 10 other vendors that we had to coordinate this change with, and every single one of them made themselves available on our new date. I received a response from all of them within one hour of asking." - Becca Burns
3. Guest Experience
Yes, your VIPs will still show up!
"We were concerned at first how our guests/bridal party would feel about a Monday/Holiday wedding, but after speaking to the majority of the group, everyone has been beyond supportive, flexible, and understanding of this unforeseen change.
The good thing about weddings are, your guests typically have plenty of notice of your date and have enough time to make arrangement if it conflicts with their work schedule. All couples are making the best of this situation, and having a week day wedding just gives everyone an excuse to take some time off work and drink on a week day (guilt free)! You could also choose a fun theme that goes with your weekday date: Taco Tuesday, or Thirsty Thursday!" - Becca Burns
Traci Wichael has moved her wedding to a Thursday and said "We can go on our honeymoon beginning that immediate weekend, and it gives our guests a reason to take off the rest of the week!"
Courtney from Moore & Co. Events gives some great insight as well. "If you decide to have your wedding on a Monday or even a Thursday, think about the time before or after the wedding you can now spend with those who traveled. Most guests who are traveling a distance will stay longer than the night of the wedding so look at it as bonus time with them!"
With all of that said, these lovely ladies have written up some really great advice to encourage anyone facing this decision.
Gena: "To anyone who is faced with the same situation… Always remember the end goal: Marrying your best friend. It may not look exactly like you imagined but you will get your happy ending!"
Traci: "To another couple facing this situation as well, it is difficult and a very hard decision to make. However, postponing your dream wedding does not mean that it won't ever happen! Waiting until after this crisis will make you feel confident that all of your loved ones, including elderly, will be safe and comfortable attending your special day."
Becca: "COVID-19 has been able to take control for now, but this will not last forever. This will soon pass. This is a once in a life time moment that we will not let be taken from us because of this virus (while keeping the health and safety a priority for all of us, of course)."
Courtney: "As hard as it may be, stay positive!
I got married just 2 years ago so I've been asked several times "What would you do in this situation?" and my answer is always the same: You have to do what is right for you! What does your gut say?
I would also tell couples to lean on their partner and their support system. Talk it out with them and their planner to see what the options are and boil it down to the best scenario for you and those who you can't imagine the day without."
What are you most excited for?
Traci: "I am overall excited to marry my best friend. I can't wait for him to see me in the beautiful dress I chose for our special day. I'm also excited to see our ideas come to life for our ceremony and reception. I know it will be beautiful and will overall be the best time of our life."
Kaitlyn: "I'm most excited to meet my groom at the altar and see him smiling at me ready to start our forever! We have rescheduled our wedding to August but are still having a small ceremony with our pastor and immediate family on our original day. I’m actually more excited for the intimate ceremony than I am our bigger wedding. The chance to strip everything away and really focus on why we are getting married is a huge blessing."
Becca: "We are looking forward to our wedding day even more
now. Weddings are already emotional for the bride, groom, and family. When something like this gets in the way, it makes your wedding day even more special and heightens the anticipation of it. If Nick would have been able to hold back tears as I'm walking down the aisle before, I bet he won't be able to now! :) We are so excited to finally be husband and wife after over 8 years of dating. When the day finally comes, it will not only be a celebration of us becoming husband and wife, but a celebration of us conquering this pandemic, as well as our guests conquering it too! A lot of us haven't been able to be in the same room for a while now. I very much look forward to being able to celebrate with all our loved ones during such a special day."In the spirit of staying positive, we HAD to ask these brides what they are most excited about for their wedding.
One last piece of advice from Courtney: "Lastly, try and relax... or even celebrate! You're celebrating a big decision you made and it wasn't an easy one! Relax knowing the decision you made is the right one for you. Pop a bottle (or can) of your favorite beverage and celebrate with your partner this milestone you've overcome together.