A few of my friends told me I should have written this blog post last week, but to be quite honest, I needed to get to grips myself on what was happening for my own couples who were/are supposed to be getting married before I could even begin to write something for the world wide web to see.
So here we are 16 days after the Irish Government put a halt to gatherings over 100 people. It was both a very wise decision and a very hard one for anyone getting married in March or April and in the months ahead to stomach. Someone close to my own family had her wedding cancelled by the venue just 3 days before it was to happen so I completely understand how difficult it is for couples out there.
Since then hotels have also started to close. Some for a few weeks and in some cases at least one month. Hotel and Wedding venues across the country are devastated with the situation they find themselves in and it will take a long time to recover. I really get this as I worked in hotels for over 20 years before I set up the wedding planning business.
No one wants to tell a couple that they can’t have their wedding on the date they were supposed to. I also know that they will do their utmost to help you secure another date later this year or next year.
I was talking to one of my brides who was having a small wedding in Ireland in April but there were a lot of people travelling from all over the world. Whilst her guest numbers were well below the cap of 100, she decided herself that she just wouldn’t enjoy the day as she would just be worrying about her guests from start to finish.
Within 24 hours of her decision, she had confirmed a date later in the year with the venue and all of here suppliers were also available. Whilst our initial call was quiet, worried and unsure the second was relief. We laughed when I reminded my bride that all the work was done, she could relax for the next few months now!
I really just want to say to anyone that is getting married DON’T cancel your wedding. If you have a wedding planner, please make sure that you are in contact with them. Your wedding planner has the experience to help get you through these uncertain times. A wedding planner can deal with all your suppliers on your behalf. I think that it is devastating enough not to be getting married when you were meant to let alone trying to deal organising it all over again.
If you don’t have a wedding planner, speak with the wedding coordinator in your venue and talk to your suppliers. Look at alternative dates. If your original band, photographer etc not available on an alternative date, ask them for recommendations. They will only give solid recommendations.
I don’t want this to be a long post but…….
Remember, you are marrying the love of your life and whether it’s today or in the next six months or even next year, you will get married.
Remember, you are not on your own. There are couples all over the world that are in the same situation.
Remember, hotels and wedding venues will have alternative dates. They might not be the dates you want/wanted but they will have dates.
Remember, there are hundreds of amazing wedding suppliers in Ireland who are going above and beyond trying and accommodate all their couples’s bookings for new dates.
Remember, we are a great little country at pulling together when the going gets tough.