Should I Change the Location of My Destination Wedding?

Photo Credit: Jose Villa

Whether you’re on the front lines as an essential worker (thank you!) or doing your part by staying home and practicing social distancing, you’re probably thinking about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect your wedding. While we already asked wedding planners about how to continue to wedding plan at home, what about those who are getting married abroad? We got the scoop from the experts about what they recommend for brides getting married abroad this year, changing the destination if needed, and the possibility of postponement, below.

How important is the destination to you?

Most of my weddings are destination weddings and the locale often holds a lot of meaning for my couples,” says Jacqui Cole of Jacqui Cole Photography. How important is the location of your wedding to you and your S.O.? Maybe you’re getting married where your family is from, where you first met, or perhaps you chose your venue purely because it would be fun—whatever the reasoning, definitely consider the importance of the destination when thinking about your options.

Consider your guests and where they are traveling from.

Perhaps having your great grandmother walk you down the aisle is the most important aspect of your ceremony, or you have friends you met studying abroad whom you wouldn’t want to miss your wedding for the world. Aspects like these are factors to keep in mind. “If you have friends that you really want there and/or older relatives who you think might be jittery about traveling after all of this, then that’s something to really consider,” says Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates. With that, considering to either postpone your wedding date or change the location of your wedding to a local spot might be your best bet. 

Consider postponement if it feels right.

For the vendors involved in these weddings, rescheduling to the same calendar year is ideal, however, if it were a destination wedding abroad I would likely advise couples to postpone to a non-peak time in 2021,” says Jacqui Cole. While that may be hard to swallow, doing this will not only allow you to have the wedding of your dreams, but also support all the small businesses that were a part of your original wedding day, she suggests. Getting married during peak season in a tropical destination? Marcy Blum explains to make your decision quickly, as the “dates are definitely going to book up at popular venues when everything is back to normal,”

Check with your vendors regarding their cancellation and postponement policies.

If you’re leaning towards postponing your destination wedding or canceling it completely for a new location, the next steps would be to check the fine print. “Check with your vendors and see what the contracts are saying about postponement or cancellation, and see what deposits are you going to lose,” says Eyal Tessler of Tessler Events. Don’t be afraid to video call with your vendors and see what’s possible. As mentioned here,  most vendors are being incredibly flexible during this time. 

Every situation is different.

“There are so many unknowns that are making couples about to get married very anxious and I certainly don’t blame them,” says Marcy Blum. Each and every couples’ story is different, and make sure do to what feels right for you. “No one has a crystal ball at the moment that can tell you exact answers, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ in this current climate,” explains Eyal Tessler. At the end of the day, weigh out your options and know that no matter what, the most important aspect of a wedding is marrying the love of your life—whether that’s waiting to celebrate the same way you had envisioned, or creating a new version of the perfect wedding for you and your loved ones. 


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