Wedding Planning

Wedding FAQs During Coronavirus Outbreak [LIVE BLOG]

ShaadiSaga, 06 Apr 2020

We totally feel you!

We've been receiving all types of wedding-related doubts & confusion in the past few weeks. Here we have gathered all major questions that brides and couples have had and tried our best to give responses based on our capacity as a trusted wedding planning platform and part of the wedding community. Since the situation is evolving very quickly and it has become difficult to decide what to do and when to do, we're updating this post every few hours. So that we can help you make the right decision about your wedding with every passing day and week.

We’ve divided all the FAQs based on how far away your wedding is from today. The aim is to help couples make better decisions today. Instead of just "waiting and watching", we can keep doing the things that we can, and take appropriate actions based on our wedding dates. We believe that once the administrative authorities allow public gatherings of up to a certain number in your area, we can confidently believe that it is safe to organize a wedding with the earlier planned or smaller no. of guests.

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My Wedding is in Next 25 Days

(Till 30-April-2020)

What should I do?

  • You’re definitely not going to be able to have a big gathering as planned earlier. If you want to have the same big gathering, you’re gonna have to postpone the wedding to a later date after July 2020.
  • Don’t get disheartened, it was not in anyone’s control 😐
  • You want to get married no matter what, on the same date? You must communicate very carefully and very clearly on both sides - your guests & your booked vendors
  • You must politely tell your guests that you’re going to have a very private wedding with only 10-20 family members.
  • You can have a reception and/or cocktail party at a later date.
  • Share a live video of your ceremony with the loved ones who are unable to attend in person. Have someone set up a Facebook Live or Instagram Live to capture the event.
  • Even for the smallest gathering, take utmost care of sanitation - Have hand sanitizer on hand and ample antibacterial soap for family members to use to wash their hands.
  • Encourage guests to adopt a “hygenic hello.” Keep social distancing in mind.

What should I tell my guests?

  • We’re sure that being safe is everyone’s top priority.
  • If you’ve decided to postpone the wedding, tell them “We’re going to have to postpone the wedding. I will let you know of the dates soon.”
  • If you’ve decided to have the wedding on the same date with just family members, tell them honestly and clearly “We’re going ahead with the wedding on the same date but with no guests.”

What about my bookings and the advance I've paid?

  • If you’ve decided to postpone the wedding, you must talk to your vendors immediately. Since this is a global crisis, a lot of vendors are also flexible and helping couples out. We're actively taking all the steps to ensure that vendors understand this situation and be flexible for the possibility of postponing the same booking to a future date.
  • Tell them "Please understand the situation. Since it is not safe for anyone, we’re going to have to postpone it. Let's mutually decide a tentative or fixed future date after July 2020"
  • Don’t cancel the booking. You must also understand that it may be tough for the vendors to refund your advance payment at the last moment. It is in the best interest of both, you and your booked vendors, to mutually agree on a future date. You be a little flexible, they too will be a little flexible.
  • You must understand that vendors aren't necessarily obligated or required to refund your advance at the last moment. So be gracious with them and try to come to a mutually agreeable consensus.
  • If you’ve booked your vendors from ShaadiSaga, let your Relationship Manager know about your concerns.
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My Wedding is in Next 5 to 9 Weeks

(1-May-2020 to  31-May-2020)

What should I do?

  • Our best suggestion is - don't yet cancel the wedding. Given the situation and the steps being taken, it may be possible that public gatherings are allowed after 3-6 weeks. In that case, it may be possible to have your wedding with a smaller no. of guests on the same date.
  • You need to have clear and active communication with both sides - Your Guests & Your Vendors
  • Tell your guests that if public gatherings are allowed by then, you'll have the wedding on the same date. So wait for further communication till then.
  • For vendors you've already booked - don't cancel/postpone your booking yet. Tell them "if public gatherings are allowed by then, we'll have the wedding on the same date. Otherwise, I will have to postpone the date. Please understand the situation and let's mutually decide a tentative or fixed future date". We're sure that the vendors will also be accommodative during such a global crisis.

What should I tell my guests?

  • "I will have the wedding only if it is safe"
  • "If public gatherings are allowed by the authorities before my date, I will have the wedding on the same date, maybe with a smaller gathering"
  • "I will keep you updated based on how the situation pans out"
  • "Be safe"

What about my bookings and the advance I've paid?

  • Since this is a global crisis, a lot of vendors are also flexible and helping couples out. We're actively taking all the steps to ensure that vendors understand this situation and be flexible for the possibility of postponing the same booking to a future date.
  • You must talk to your booked vendors immediately and keep in constant touch over WhatsApp, phone/video call to maintain each other's confidence and understanding.
  • Tell them "Please understand the situation. If it is safe and allowed, we will have the wedding on the same date."
  • "In case it happens that it's not possible on the same date, then let's mutually decide a tentative or fixed future date after July 2020"
  • You may not want to cancel any bookings. Try to gain the vendor's trust and convince them calmly for tentative future dates.
  • You must understand that vendors aren't necessarily obligated or required to refund your advance at the last moment. So be gracious with them and try to come to a mutually agreeable consensus.
  • If you’ve booked your vendors from ShaadiSaga, let your Relationship Manager know about your concerns.

Should I book vendors that I haven't yet?

  • You should keep looking for vendors you haven't booked yet, because if it becomes possible to have the wedding on the same date - you may be left with very little time to search & book vendors if you keep waiting and watching.
  • When you talk to new vendors tell them clearly and calmly - "Please understand the situation. If it is safe and allowed, we will have the wedding on the same date."
  • "In case it happens that it's not possible on the same date, then let's mutually decide a tentative or fixed future date after July 2020"
  • Keep actively in touch with vendors over WhatsApp, phone/video call to maintain each other's confidence and understanding.
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My Wedding Date is in Next 10-14 Weeks

(1-Jun-2020 to 5-July-2020)

What should I do?

  • There are not many reasons for you to worry right now.
  • Our best suggestion is that don't think of postponing the wedding. Given the situation and the steps being taken, it may be possible that public gatherings are allowed after 3-6 weeks. There is a high probability that you will be able to have your wedding on the same date with a smaller number of guests.
  • You need to have clear and active communication with both sides - Your Guests & Your Vendors
  • Tell your guests that most probably public gatherings will be allowed by then, and you'll have the wedding on the same date. So wait for further communication until then.
  • For vendors, you've already booked ensure don't cancel/postpone your booking. Tell them "most probably public gatherings will be allowed by then, and we'll have the wedding on the same date. If that's not possible later, we may have to postpone the wedding date. Please understand the situation and let's mutually discuss the postponing/cancellation policy." We're sure that the vendors will also be accommodative during such a global crisis.

What should I tell my guests?

  • Tell them that given the situation, it is most probably going to be possible to have the wedding on the same date.
  • "I will have the wedding only if it is safe"
  • "If public gatherings are allowed by the authorities before my date, I will have the wedding on the same date"
  • "I will keep you updated based on how the situation pans out"
  • "Be safe, Be Responsible & Be Healthy" 

What about my bookings and the advance I've already paid?

  • Since this is a global crisis, many vendors are also flexible and helping couples out. We're actively taking all the steps to ensure that vendors understand this situation and be flexible for the possibility of postponing the same booking to a future date.
  • You must talk to your booked vendors immediately and keep in constant touch over WhatsApp, phone/video call/email to maintain each other's confidence and understanding.
  • Tell them "Please understand the situation. Most probably it will be safe and allowed, and we will have the wedding on the same date."
  • "In case it happens that it's not possible on the same date, then let's mutually discuss the postponing/cancellation policy."
  • You should not cancel any bookings. Try to gain the vendor's trust and convince them calmly for tentative future dates.
  • You must understand that vendors aren't necessarily obligated or required to refund your advance at the last moment. So be gracious with them and try to come to a mutually agreeable consensus.
  • If you’ve booked your vendors from ShaadiSaga, let your Relationship Manager know about your concerns.

Should I book vendors that I haven't yet?

  • You should keep looking for vendors you haven't booked yet, because most likely you're going to have the wedding on the same date and you may be left with very little time to search & book vendors if you keep waiting and watching.
  • When you talk to new vendors ask and tell them clearly and calmly - "Please understand the situation. If it is safe and allowed, we will have the wedding on the same date."
  • "In case it happens that it's not possible on the same date, then let's mutually discuss the postponing/cancellation policy."
  • Keep actively in touch with vendors over WhatsApp, phone/video call/email to maintain each other's confidence and understanding.
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My Wedding dates are after July 2020

Do I need to worry about anything?

  • Definitely not. There's very little chance so far, to think that your wedding may be affected due to this.
  • It may happen that since current weddings may get postponed around your dates, various wedding services, and products may become costlier later.

Should I keep booking my Photographer, Makeup Artists, Mehndi Artists, etc?

  • Yes! You must keep looking for vendors you haven't booked yet. Otherwise, you may be left with very little time to search & book vendors later and that too at higher prices, if you keep waiting and watching.
  • Keep actively in touch with vendors over WhatsApp, phone/video call/email to maintain each other's confidence and understanding.
  • The best advice is to book vendors by paying a smaller advance amount, instead of not booking at all now and then paying a lot more later.

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