What are your Options Amid Coronavirus with your Upcoming Wedding?
This is supposed to be the best day of your life. You want to see your family and all your friends as you say “I do”. However, the reality on the ground is different because of the issue with Corona Virus.
Many couples had already made plans for weddings in March and April 2020. It is evident that things have to change drastically. What options are you left with? Not all is lost and you still have a few options you can explore for your big day.
What the Kenyan Government has Recommended?
Amid the Corona Virus the ministry of health has released a few guidelines that directly affect events. Some of the recommendations and guidelines set by the Ministry of health include:
- Public gatherings such as weddings and funerals be restricted to family members
- Avoid congregation, including places of worship
- Maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter between two persons.
- Isolation and Self-Quarantine in your homes, especially for persons exhibiting fever and other related symptoms.
- Travel restrictions to and from Kenya
Other guidelines have also been provided that include washing hands and sanitization that focused on ensuring the country slows down the spread of the virus from one person to the next.
So what options are you left with as a couple with an upcoming wedding scheduled for March, April or even May 2020? Below are some of the options you have as a couple.
#1 Postpone the Wedding 3 or 4 months Ahead
Well, this is the unpopular option, but very ideal. Most Kenyans prefer a wedding where family and friends will freely mingle, have fun and enjoy every moment of the big day. However, that poses a risk as the recommendation is social distancing and events or large gatherings are highly discouraged.
An average Kenyan wedding has an average of 300 guests. This is clearly a large number and increases the risk of all guests to contract the virus. If you truly love your family and friends, it is important that you consider postponing to a later date when the virus will be contained.
Looking at the Corona Virus issue globally, you could be looking at setting the wedding date somewhere beyond August 2020.
#2 Opt for a Small Wedding with Later Reception
By small wedding, we mean a really small wedding. You need to be clear on why it is that you are doing a wedding. Weddings are much more about the couple that fell in love and decided to unite and be one. Guests are just extras.
Therefore, a legit wedding will just require the couple, a minister and witnesses. Hence, 5 people will be enough to have a wedding in Kenya.
You can opt to have that small of a wedding. Choose a few of your family members and have lunch. About 10 members of your family and close friends and then call it a day.
After the whole situation calms down, you can then plan for a grand reception and invite all your friends and family.
#3 Just have a Small Wedding
A considerable number of people prefer a small wedding. It is way cheaper and very simple to plan. You can simply choose to have the wedding and forget about the reception.
However, when everything cools down, the amount you have saved can come in handy when going for your honeymoon.
#4 Postpone to Next Year
Hey, more time to plan and get it right, right? Most dates people choose for their weddings have some sentimental significance. Therefore, postponing to August may not be very ideal.
You need to sit down with your partner and consider postponement to 2021. You can be sure that all will have settled down and everything will be back to normal. I know it is a bit annoying, but you will have more time to get everything done right. You will definitely have the perfect wedding you have always dreamed of.
How to deal with Vendor Commitment
You probably have made a commitment to a few of the vendors.
- Do you have a contract with them?
- Have you paid a substantial amount?
Having made a decision in any of the options above, different aspects of the wedding are definitely affected.
The best course of action is to call your vendor and explain the changes you have made as a couple.
Agree on how this affects the event and try to work out on how you are going to move forward.
In the event that you may no longer need their service, ask for a refund. If you cannot solve this amicably, refer to what the contract says about matters like this.
With the government calling for companies to be a bit lenient in this period, you will surely be able to work out a solution. When things are back to normal, you will be able to enlist the services of that vendor.
The key to surviving this phase is not to panic and follow all the guidelines stipulated by the state and all relevant authorities. You will definitely have your wedding. There is no deadline for your honeymoon. You will still be able to enjoy it even if it comes a year later. Be flexible and open to the changes that are affecting everyone in the country and indeed the world.