WEDDING PLANNING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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Some days I wake up and think, “I can’t believe this is what’s happening in the world right now," then I begin to think about my family in Canada and Italy...how the borders are closed and how if I needed to get to Canada for any reason, I LITERALLY can’t. I think about my business and what this means for the future of TPIM, I think about my husband who works for multiple teaching artist organizations and is not working because schools are closed. I think about whether or not he will get paid at all of the rest of the year and if that’s the case, I think about if we will lose our health insurance. On a wild day, I will go even further and think about how I would have been 27 weeks pregnant and what that would have looked like, and I think about if it was the universe that was like “Hold up, shit’s about to go down in a few months, now is not the time.” I think if my loss was a blessing in disguise?

On most days, however, I wake up content, content that I am healthy, my husband is healthy, my family in Canada and Italy are healthy, that I have the means to video chat with friends and family and that I get to work from my couch. I am grateful that our problems right now are that there are too many shows on Netflix, HBO, and HULU to choose from. I have patient, understanding and fierce clients who chose to work with me and my team of glorious women and of course that I am quarantining with a man who I love, and who loves me, our relationship is healthy and happy and our arguments right now are as serious as me not changing the roll of toilet paper, leaving dishes in the sink or him who doesn’t want me to live-stream our dance parties and worries endlessly about our future.

What I also think about on most days is what I am doing for my business to create a structure for it to last until I am 75 years old. I think about my clients every day, am I doing enough? Am I present enough? Am I providing enough? I think about what they may be going through, what decisions they feel like they need to make and the input they are getting from their families, the money they may be losing out on, the months of planning that may ultimately need to be postponed. Their physical, mental and emotional health and the stress this can potentially be causing in their relationship….ALL OF IT.

I know I’m not alone and I know that we are all thinking a version of these same thoughts. For all you engaged couples out there who are waiting to see how this all pans out, so you know whether or not you need to reschedule your wedding, I thought I would give you a few things to think about so that IF the time comes, you are not scrambling to figure it all out. 

*I will note, there is nothing wrong with beginning to look at plan B options, but what your venues and vendors may be focusing on right now is what is right in front of them. So be patient with their response times.











Once your vendors confirmed the date that works for them, contact your venue with your chosen date, ask to officially put a hold on that one date and release the others.


Check back in with your venue mid-April once we have an idea of the direction all of this is going in. If it looks like we will still need to be quarantined for longer, then that's when you can consider postponing to your new Plan B date.

I'm sorry this is something you are all needed to face, on top of the stresses of planning a wedding, know that we are here for you, we have some extra time on our hands, so please take advantage. 


For those of you who are moving forward with your scheduled wedding date, or already have a rescheduled date in the books, I created a WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST to help you organize the details of your day organized into different sections. Our goal at TPIM in general is to provide a “stress-less” approach to planning, advocating for our clients and executing a flawless day. Whether you are our clients or not, you deserve to feel supported during this time, I hope you find this helpful and we encourage you to download our checklist to help you stay organized during this waiting period.

If your wedding is between June-August or even later for that matter and you are starting to feel some concerns, it’s not too early to follow these 7 steps to (possibly) relieve some stress in the long term. 

1. Make sure to sit down with your partner and discuss rescheduling your date, be sure to agree on 3-4 backup dates, that you both feel comfortable postponing to.  Be sure to check all your vendor contracts regarding postponements and cancellations.

2. Reach out to your venue and ask them how they are handling rescheduling for clients who are getting married in your particular month.

3. Ask the venue about dates they have available and be sure to ask if they have your 3-4 agreed back updates.




Reach out to all of your vendors with your plan B dates, see who is available on what date. Also ask them how they are treating these uncharted territories and what their policies are going forward if different then what is stated on the contract.


Once your vendors confirm the date that works for them, contact your venue with your chosen date, ask to officially put a hold on that one date and release the others.


Check back in with your venue mid-April once we have an idea of the direction all of this is going in. If it looks like we will still need to be quarantined for longer, then that's when you can consider postponing to your new Plan B date.

I'm sorry this is something you are all needed to face, on top of the stresses of planning a wedding, know that we are here for you, we have some extra time on our hands, so please take advantage. 


For those of you who are moving forward with your scheduled wedding date, or already have a rescheduled date in the books, I created a WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST to help you organize the details of your day organized into different sections. Our goal at TPIM in general is to provide a “stress-less” approach to planning, advocating for our clients and executing a flawless day. Whether you are our clients or not, you deserve to feel supported during this time, I hope you find this helpful and we encourage you to download our checklist to help you stay organized during this waiting period.

4. Ask your venue what their policy on date holds are, if you can put a soft hold on any or all of those back up dates, then do so until you reach out to all of your vendors.


5. Reach out to all of your vendors with your plan B dates, see who is available on what date. Also ask them how they are treating these uncharted territories and what their policies are going forward if different then what is stated on the contract.


6. Once your vendors confirm the date that works for them, contact your venue with your chosen date, ask to officially put a hold on that one date and release the others.




7. Check back in with your venue mid-April once we have an idea of the direction all of this is going in. If it looks like we will still need to be quarantined for longer, then that's when you can consider postponing to your new Plan B date.

I'm sorry this is something you are all needed to face, on top of the stresses of planning a wedding, know that we are here for you, we have some extra time on our hands, so please take advantage. 


For those of you who are moving forward with your scheduled wedding date, or already have a rescheduled date in the books, I created a WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST to help you organize the details of your day organized into different sections. Our goal at TPIM in general is to provide a “stress-less” approach to planning, advocating for our clients and executing a flawless day. Whether you are our clients or not, you deserve to feel supported during this time, I hope you find this helpful and we encourage you to download our checklist to help you stay organized during this waiting period.

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