Damn, planning a wedding during a pandemic is rough. Right?!
There have been lots of great resources for couples during this time. What steps to take to postpone your wedding, additional safety measures, checking your contracts, etc. But today, I wanted to talk about how you, the couple, can support your wedding vendors during this time.
First and foremost, let me share a little about my situation.
As a wedding photographer, I go hard. My passion is photographing the wedding day and not all the business stuff that happens before and after. For context, you should know that my standard wedding workflow is about 100 steps in the process. That is why I shoot a limited number of weddings a year under my own business and shoot a lot more as a team member for Monique Hessler Weddings. There are a million reasons I love being a part of that team but being able to “shoot more / work less” is a huge one.
With that, in 2019 I photographed 33 weddings.
Was it a lot? Yes. But I also feel like I still was able to give each of those couples my all and commit to giving 100%. The work/life balance during wedding season was hard but manageable. However, I went into 2020 with the intentional mindset that I would slightly scale back. And boom. Covid.
So, after photographing a handful of weddings at the beginning of the year, I have no (as of today) not photographed a wedding in 5 months. And I only have a few left for the fall/winter season this year. So, 2021 is gonna be just as wild as 2019!
There are pros and cons to this, sure. And I am not sharing for any reason other than to give you a glimpse of how much the wedding and events world has turned upside down. Like many industries! There are a lot of unknowns about the future, a lot of jobs and income lost and a whole new level of stress.
But, we are making it work.
That is always my mottos at weddings. Full Tim Gunn style, just make it work! Rain. Timelines. Drunk Groomsmen. Whatever! We make it work!
So, now onto the purpose of all this… how can you, the couple, support your wedding vendors? Well. If they have given you the support, encouragement and love you have needed during this time then I would absolutely encourage you to dive into this list of ideas and do it for each of your vendors. If your wedding vendors haven’t been helpful for you during this time, I am so sorry. Feel free to reach out privately and let me know, I will get you in touch with the best people in the business! Ones that will take care of you.
- Postpone vs Cancel
- When you are able to postpone your event versus cancel, that is best for the vendors. As long as they are involved in the process to choosing the new date to ensure they’re available! With postponing versus cancelling, we can still rely on that income. It may be a later date but it is better than nothing! And, as an added bonus, if you are able to make payments on your final balance before then I would encourage you to do so. If you’re work salary hasn’t changed during this time and you are able to pay, many event vendors are loosing income drastically. So I am sure it would be greatly appreciated, but never expected.
- Leave Reviews
- Ask your vendors where you can leave them reviews. Wedding Wire, The Knot, Facebook Business, Google, Yelp! Whatever is may be, ask! Collecting those five star ratings and getting first hand testimonials about your experience is so beneficial to us small business owners. Leave genuine, detailed reviews so future clients can see what it is like to work with us.
- This is the biggest ‘thanks’ a vendor can get, in my opinion. And something I encourage people to do always, pandemic or not! When you have friends, family members, co workers, neighbors, anyone in your circle that is in need of our services, tell them. Tell them loud and proud! They may not even know they need us but if you do, share that. Tell them what we do, get them in touch with us and let us know that they came from you. We love getting direct referrals from past clients because we know they are quality people.
With that, thank you. Thank you for bearing with us. For the support of your wedding vendors, working with us and adapting as we go along.