What should be the most exciting and wonderful day of your life may have just got put on hold thanks to the pandemic known as the coronavirus or COVID-19. If your New Jersey wedding has been delayed, you’re probably wondering what to do now.
At Nickie Jones Events, we’re here to do everything we can to help you through this. We know it’s a difficult decision to have to postpone, but protecting the safety of your friends, family and even yourselves is always the right thing to do.
You’re Not Alone
Several couples have spoken with Today about making the difficult decision to postpone their weddings. With dates ranging from March to May, the couples felt that it wasn’t safe, especially for elderly guests like grandparents. As you might imagine and may have experienced yourself, there were a lot of discussions and tears involved in making the inevitable decision to call off the wedding temporarily.
For New Jersey couples who were already heavily in the planning phase, you’ve likely made deposits, reserved spaces and much more. The good news is almost every business is offering refunds or providing credits to use later as you replan your wedding for a later date.
We know this is difficult to navigate. That’s why Nickie Jones Events and numerous other industry pros are here to answer any questions you might have. From how to cancel everything to what steps you can take next, we’re here to answer your questions. You don’t have to be a client for us to support you. We’re available to offer guidance at no cost to you. We just want to help you throughout this difficult time. COVID-19 has hit all of us hard, but we know it’s especially difficult to postpone your wedding.
I am personally a distinguished graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants Professional Development program and have also trained in crisis management during my time as a corporate meeting planner. No matter how stressful the situation is, I’m qualified to help guide you through and help you figure out the best way to proceed with your wedding later.
Industry pros know you need support right now. Even The Knot has opened an official hotline to help couples get through this easier.
Should You Cancel?
This is a big question we keep getting. The CDC originally recommended that all gatherings of 250 people or more be canceled. However, that’s been changed to 50 now. It’s even recommended to avoid gatherings of 10 people if there are high-risk attendees.
While some couples are still proceeding with their weddings, New Jersey weddings have to be postponed for now. Governor Phil Murphy announced on March 21, 2020 that all gatherings were banned for “weeks to months.”
So, the short answer is yes, it’s time to postpone your wedding for now. We can’t tell you when to set a new date, but now is the time to start creating a new plan that you can implement quickly when the bans are called off.
Also, another option is to have a small wedding at your home. This can involve having one or two witnesses and an officiate. It may be simpler than you’d like, but at least you’ll still be able to get married. Stream the wedding to your friends and family so they can see the happy ceremony. When bans are lifted, then you can have a big reception to celebrate and even go through with the ceremony again if you want.
Contact Us For Support
If you have questions, contact Nickie Jones Events today. COVID-19 is changing our lives right now, but it won’t last forever. Delaying your wedding for now means you just get more time to plan things out. You’ll still get to have your dream wedding. It just might have to wait for a few more months or so.