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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Getting Back to Wedding Season After COVID-19

If you are reading this blog article, you are most likely one of the many couples considering the reality of your upcoming nuptials.  We completely understand what you are feeling.  Weddings take time, effort, and money to be able to put together.  Not only is this time unprecedented and stressful for you, but it can also be heart-wrenching knowing your wedding can be compromised.


DeCarlo’s Banquet Center is committed to having the latest information for our clients, and we’re here to help you!  We want you to be able to have the wedding of your dreams, even if that means it needs to be postponed to a later date.  Take a look at the brief list below to consider what your options might look like during this time.


  • First order of business: Don’t panic!  We know, this is certainly easier said than done.  We are hovering over uncharted waters at this point in time.  Information changes by the moment, and it can be very frustrating to keep up with all the changes.  Please remember that your feelings are valid.  However, as you discuss potential options with your partner, your family, your vendors, and others, remember that resorting to arguments and panicking will only cause more harm.  Remember that this pandemic is out of everyone’s control, and everyone will understand what you finally decide to do.


  • How does this affect things personally?  Since weddings are all different, your schedule, vendors, and overall logistical planning are different than the next couple’s.  Be mindful of making any sudden decisions without considering the personal details associated with your big day.  For instance, if you plan to have a fall or winter wedding, your options might look a lot different than those planning to have one now or in the upcoming summer months.


  • Contact your vendors and wedding planning team.  Regardless of when you originally scheduled your wedding, now would be a great time to contact your vendors, venue, wedding planner, and the like who are helping to plan and organize your wedding.  Be considerate that such individuals are most likely oversaturated with similar couples calling about their weddings.  Be mindful of this and remember to be patient-professional as you explain your situation and requests for guidance.  Make sure to bring up whether they will be able to work on your original wedding date, or if they will need to reschedule or adjust their involvement in your wedding.


  • Consider the effects.  Out of all the possible scenarios and their corresponding options, this is ultimately yours and your partner’s decision to make.  During this time, couples are still opting to elope with social distancing rules applied instead of canceling altogether.  A minister or priest can stand in a safe proximity, as well as immediate family members and members of the wedding party.  There are many so many ways to make your big day special.  In particular, one way that is gaining a lot of popularity is the idea of a live stream wedding.  Therefore, your nuptials can still take place as planned; then, the party itself can be postponed to a later date.  However, it depends on your vendors and the contracts you signed that determines refunds and adjustments to your original date bookings.  Please remember that it may not be possible for businesses to completely refund all couples during this time—especially as this affects everyone who has been planning a wedding.


  • Get together a Plan B right away.  What you really should consider doing at this time is developing a fallback plan to use.  Can’t postpone?  Then, consider the circumstances.  Are you able to postpone it?  Who will need to be alerted regarding travel?  Are your vendors able to postpone their services (with a potential service fee)?  Aren't sure about any of this?  That's perfectly fine.  Again, it all has to do with your personal scenario.  Make sure to have an ear for advice from wedding experts and your wedding planner, should you be using one.  At the end of the day, this is supposed to be one of the most memorable moments of your lives.  If you just can’t imagine your big day without some of the components, it can be managed.  Just know that you will be with the person that you love regardless of what decision you make.


An important lesson to take away from this Coronavirus pandemic is to focus on what REALLY matters to you on your wedding day.  Who are the essential attendees that you cannot imagine your wedding without?  What are some of the components of the wedding venues that are just non-negotiable?  At the end of the day, what matters more: fancy décor or everyone’s health?  As unfortunate as these times are, it’s vital to prioritize what truly matters in our lives.


DeCarlo’s Banquet Center: Wedding Facilities in Warren, Michigan


At DeCarlo’s, we offer seven gorgeous affordable banquet halls that can accommodate anywhere from 35 to 1,425 people.  So, large or small, we are the perfect convention center with banquet rooms for your wedding reception.  We also provide an incredible menu and beverage options to suit all tastes and budgets.  So, if you need to book any kind of catering near Warren, Michigan, give us a call at (586) 759-6500 to book your date, or ask us about any recent developments regarding COVID-19.  Please feel free to fill out the contact form on our website, as well!

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